Freelance Software Development

Hire freelance software developers or partner with a proven firm like ours? Explore your options!

Hiring an in-house software development team is slow and expensive. Freelance marketplaces like Fiverr, Upstack, and Upwork connect you with thousands of inexpensive independent software developers, but what are the hidden costs of freelancing?

Software Development Team Roles.

When hiring freelance software developers, you have some degree of control over the makeup of your team. For example, if you really want freelance QA testers, you can find them.

On the other hand, product and project managers are rare in freelance marketplaces like Fiverr, Upstack, and Upwork. Without product leadership, you’re left with a team of mercenaries blindly following your orders.

With Founders Workshop, you work with product leaders who’ve been on the client side of software development. We collaborate with you on ideation, problem solving, and go-to-market strategy, and leverage critical thinking and creativity to make your product better.

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  • Talent: Entrepreneur in residence
  • Talent: Product management
  • Talent: Project management
  • Talent: UX/UI design
  • Talent: Engineering
  • Talent: QA testing

FOUNDERS WORKSHOP

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

Freelance Developers

  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes

Budget, Schedule, and Process.

With software development, you get what you pay for. An internal product development team can take six months or more to assemble and $1 million a year plus equity to maintain.

Hiring freelance software developers is far less expensive but brings risk to your project. As independent contractors, freelancers are mercenaries with no product development process, no post-launch support program, and no vested interest in your success.

Founders Workshop leverages our proven 5D Process and deep bench of dedicated software development professionals to de-risk your project.

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  • Labor cost
  • Equity dilution
  • Time to begin work
  • Proven process
  • Post-launch support

FOUNDERS WORKSHOP

  • $80-350k for 3-6 months
  • No
  • 2 weeks
  • Yes
  • Yes

Freelance Developers

  • Cheap
  • No
  • Months of hiring, trialing, firing, and rehiring
  • No
  • No

Language, Culture, and Time Zone.

Freelance marketplaces like Fiverr, Upstack, and Upwork are home to thousands of independent software developers. Some are located here in the U.S. Others are spread across geographies from Eastern Europe to India and the Philippines.

If your freelancers are overseas, you may experience challenges related to time zone, language, and even culture.

For example, most U.S. businesses value creativity and critical thinking, punctuality for meetings, and direct communication when issues arise. That’s not the case in many cultures. No one culture is better or worse than ours. They’re just different.

With Founders Workshop, your point of contact will be in the U.S. and your technical team will be based in culturally-relevant parts of Latin America.

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  • Language barrier
  • Culture barrier
  • Time zone barrier

FOUNDERS WORKSHOP

  • No
  • No
  • No

Freelance Developers

  • Maybe
  • Maybe
  • Maybe

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