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Should I hire an agency or freelancer?

Should I hire an agency or freelancer?

Why Hire Me Over An Agency?

Ok, this is clearly going to be a bit of one-sided argument as I am a freelancer and this is merely my experience on why you might consider me over hiring an agency.

Costs

Agencies have huge overhead costs to cover and more often than not you or your business will not get the attention you deserve. A lot of an agencies time and effort is spent trying to make the work pipeline look good to investors or CEOs. So new clients looking to spend large amounts of money get the most attention and often are overpromised on work. Once that initial money is spent you will likely become a retainer client and communications will start to lull.

I do have to make money, but I will always do it in an ethical and responsible way. I like to think that the clients I take on are because we have a mutual interest in making their product or brand the best it can possibly be. I also have fewer overheads so I can bring that saving into the work I am quoting.

Overpromising

Overpromising on projects and deadlines is something that often happens in agencies because the people selling the project aren’t the ones actually building and delivering it. Whereas a freelancer knows what they can offer, if/when they will need outside help and how long it will take them to complete the task.   
 

Staff

Agencies have to rely on key members of staff to be happy and motivated for them to not leave. This is especially true for Account / Project Managers as well as Developers. Often work is passed over to various different people in agencies when staff leave and when no one is available it is often just outsourced. This can lead to a lot of inconsistencies and quirks in the finished product, there is no pointless middle management when you work directly with a freelancer.

I am self-motivated to protect my own brand and you will always deal with me directly. It’s a personal relationship, so essentially your success is my success.

Client relationship

You are selective with who you work with and so am I. I want my clients to be passionate about what they do. If you work with me, we will work hard to identify problems and improve upon them. We will have a basic understanding of professionalism.

  • You can’t just drop by for a coffee and a chat anytime you feel like it, my meetings are pre-planned and structured
  • I’m not going to bid for work, send some free concept ideas or work for exposure, so please don’t ask
  • I am not going to take you or your PR/Sales team out for food and drink and tell you how special you are

If you want these things then a freelancer isn’t for you, you want an agency.

Technology

Agencies will often have a reliance on the underlying technology and once its popularity is gone, so are your agency. Taking a project to various agencies can be incredibly confusing because they will all push different technologies and essentially the best salesman will win your business.

I am completely unbiased toward technology and strategy, I will only suggest what I feel will be the most effective in terms of cost and scalability. My approach is always to compare the options that are out there and to explain the pros and cons of each solution.

Want to discuss a project?

Quick consultancy meetings I have had with clients saved them from throwing away thousands of pounds on services they didn’t need or weren’t the right fit for their business. If you want to discuss a project then please get in contact using the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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