In-house web developers
Hiring an employee means you get a dedicated, formal member of your team who will be absolutely aligned with your company’s interests and vision. If you get the right person on board, they can be a valuable asset to your business and will be heavily invested in the success of your website.
That said, hiring a full-time employee is a big commitment – it involves a considerable time investment to craft a job description and go through the hiring process. It requires lengthy diligence to identify and then “sell” the best candidate on your position. Once you’ve onboarded the new hire, it involves considerable staff time and effort to train a new employee and just as long for them to learn your company and adapt to their new role.
In addition, your web developer requires ongoing management and direction. They also become a payroll expense with the accompanying benefit costs and legal implications such as workers’ compensation, tax liabilities, unemployment insurance, and so on. A single person also puts your website at risk – if he or she were to leave for another job or a family crisis, you are left high and dry.
In our experience, hiring an in-house web developer is best for large businesses with websites that require constant updates. And – even in this case – many of these companies still choose to bring in a web development partner in order to initially program complex websites because their in-house developer needs assistance due to the complex code and scope required.