Outsource vs in-house app development

I’m planning to build an eCommerce Application. Should I outsource or hire an in-house team to build my app?


We hired an in-house team to build HN 2.0 for 100% control of the app! It’s more expensive but the incentive is all aligned!


Thank you Gibson, It’s inspired!

I think you should hire an in-house team to build app.

I think you should make a list of pros and cons for these two topics.Then compare them and choose which one is better for you.
Outsourcing could be a more cost-effective and risk-free approach for a one-time build, while an internal team might make more sense long-term if you’re developing a scalable product that will be frequently updated.
What about in-house,I think that it’s not so easy to build mobile apps in-house. And for me it is the ideal strategy for large companies.
So compare and choose! Good luck!


If money is not an issue, go in-house, assuming you are able to find/attract a decently capable team being non-technical yourself - which carries its own set of considerations.

Personally I have been using outsourced developers on/off for the past 6 years. Definitely hit and miss. By miss I mean losing every dollar put in. Though over the last few years Wework, 99Design etc have stepped up their games to help owners make better decisions.

Overall, I’m willing to put in the extra time and effort working with offshore developers in order to get a product built on modest budget.

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first of all - you should hire a software documentation expert. it will save you money/time and energy. without any documentation - your engineers even SuperPro/Star/Google/Tesla developer can stuck.

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Outsourcing app development is better.

The reasons behind it:

1. You will reduce spending
A golden rule of any business is to gain more by paying less. How can you save with outsourcing?

  • You can find an experienced team or mobile app development company with expertise on your topic. So you don’t have to spend money & time to build it on your own.
  • When hiring an in-house team, you need office space and various equipment. You should take care of the equipment and your team requirements.
  • Hourly rates of outsourcing teams are usually lower than wages of in-house developers.

2. You will delegate your headache to pro’s
Outsourcing development teams usually consist of experienced guys who know their onions. It means that you may keep peace of mind and don’t be constantly nervous about the quality of your app and other issues.

3. You will achieve higher productivity which means shorter TTM (time to market)
When hiring in-house developers, you will have to spend some time to establish a working process, set a perfect communication inside your team and deal with many possible issues. However, you don’t have such a headache with an outsourcing team. Why?

Because they already have their well-tried workflow and communication patterns. They also know each other very well so you may forget about quarrels or misunderstanding.

This results in setting up an efficient working process over a short time period and you will be able to see the final version of your product as soon as possible!

Yet, these were only 3 reasons to choose an outsourcing model for your app development.

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It depends on the complexity of the project and the overall budget.
I’ve spotted some info about differences of in-house and outsourse software development.

It might be useful

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From my point of view, outsourcing to a European country can be very effective and profitable.


You should realize and avoid several risks.
Recently I’ve found an article that describes all offshore app development risks in detail.

They are:

  • communication, project management, HR mistakes
  • missed deadlines and exceeded budget
  • data breaches

Let me know if you are interested to read more about it :wink:

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Since hiring an in-house team for development and maintenance is mostly high-priced, outsourcing development is much more cost-effective. In the US, the services of IT specialists usually cost $75-$125/hour, in the UK – from $99 per hour, in Western Europe – from $51 per hour, in Eastern Europe – from $45 per hour.
Here is the source of the information - https://whidegroup.com/blog/the-true-cost-of-magento-support/


What’s your opinion? :roll_eyes:

Of course, there’re many pros and cons of both methods of development. So I think you should start with your own budget. Personally, I’ll say that the best option is a reliable offshore software development company. This question was described in more detail by my colleague in this article. Good luck! :wink:

I think it’s not about a bugdet. It’s about how you understand what do you wanna do.
Start by spending 2 weeks straight and work on documentation on your project. it will save you more money than hiring outsourcing developers

Of course, there is a risk to find a wrong company and with problems you’ve describe.
But there is information how to avoid it:
# 5 Crucial Mistakes When Looking for Software Development Outsourcing Company

Was it useful for you? :slight_smile:


I will be glad to assist you with complete built solution for your eCommerce Application Development.
Feel free to connect and discuss with me.

hi there, have you ever heard about RAD development?
This platform allows you to build an app within 2-3 months. I could suggest you apply to this company https://www.codejig.com/en/rad/ Hope they’ll be useful for your mobile app project.

If you have enough time and money as well knowledge - hire in house.
Otherwise, outsource it as it might cost you a lot to hire in house.

When you are a small business or a startup, you want to hire the best people, but guess what!
Google, Facebook, Twitter, IBM, Intel and many more companies are controlling the market even when it comes to talent :slight_smile:

If you look to outsource, in many cases you will find software companies, like Lemonunit which has talent that can easily work in such big companies, but they are not because they want to be part of something bigger that they helped building from scratch.
You can find many outsourcing companies that has amazing talent.

When starting a project, one of the most crucial component is the acquisition of talent. The success of your app may depend on several factors, one of them being the skill level of your workers: the quality of the product along with time management will be key factors that will decide if your application is a boom or a bust. Best step forward is to weigh the pros and cons of both options and then make an educated decision based on your requirement.

To discuss your requirements in details you can always get in touch with our team here.

A smart approach would to hire one engineer or two at most, avoid documentation-first strategy and proceed gradually.
You can still have in-house resource while outsourcing the development of some features that, for instance, require very specific skills.