Frustrated technical executives may exclaim, “I know how to hire developers, I just can’t find enough candidates!” They try to build a team of individual freelancers around the world and get them to work together effectively. The freelancer approach might work, but it’s not easy! Even pre-vetted, highly-recommended freelancers are individual contractors whose daily work schedule you cannot control. And if they take another contract assignment, cut their hours or simply no longer show up on line... you're stuck looking for their replacement.
A better approach to software outsourcing is to hire an offshore, nearshore, or onshore company that offers a team working together in the same office - even if it's just 2 or 3 developers. Good outsourcing companies recruit, train and create an environment where your development team will be productive. And, most are constantly recruiting and hiring. Look for an outsourcing partner who'll always have someone on the bench to join your team if one of your developers unexpectedly leaves. Your software development continues without interruption.
Professional software development companies create the right environment and company culture where software developers can be innovative and productive. Creating this culture can be a tall order for companies who don't specialize in software development. A freelancer or a group of freelancers doesn't provide the synergy gained from a professional culture. You can still engage small teams - or even individual developers, but in a productive team environment that you don’t have to create from scratch. It’s software development as a turnkey service.