A website can be a great platform for businesses. It’s where your users can find information about your company and depending on the site, buy merchandise. When choosing to develop such a platform, as a business, you want to make sure you have the best people working on it. It can be a challenge deciding if you should go with your in-house team or an agency? Here are a few reasons why we think going with an agency would be your best option.
An agency will have specific skilled-based people covering all aspects of creating a website. You’ll have front-end and back-end developers, designers, a project manager, etc. Internally, you may only have the means to hire one developer and one designer that has to oversee and create everything, regardless of whether they have expertise in that particular area.
Cost will be a factor in deciding on hiring an agency or going in-house. On average, a web developer makes fifty-nine thousand per year, and a web designer will make forty-seven thousand per year (CAD, here in Ottawa). Depending on what you want, a website can cost anywhere from five thousand to hundreds of thousands. If you look at these numbers, it may be cost-effective for you to go with an agency instead of hiring the necessary staff and dealing with hiring, payroll, management, administrative tasks, and more.
An agency will have more experience in different areas, platforms, developing complex applications, etc. A developer in-house might have all the same experience, however, due to the number of people at an agency, projects and past experiences, they are more likely to figure out a problem when it arises or develop something new that your in-house team can’t.
With so much experience available within an agency, it leaves more room for flexibility when it comes to design and development. They will know how to make the features you want and deliver them on time.
Another benefit of hiring an agency is the support services that are available. Many agencies can offer extra support with branding, print design, digital marketing, search engine marketing (SEM) and hosting. When hiring in-house, you’ll have to make sure your team knows how to do all of this.
As you can see, you are getting more for less when hiring an agency instead of using in-house resources. However, you need to decide what’s right for your business and what your in-house team can (or has time to) do.