August 16, 2019
While freelancers may have a place in the process, there are some very good reasons that you should seriously consider an actual Odoo Partner instead.
It is obvious that each side has its own uniqueness, there’s no single answer which is the “better” choice. And we often feel that the choice between a freelancer and an Odoo Partner Company is often made difficult.
Hence after 11 years of experience in this field, we are sharing some glimpses, highlighting the pros and cons of each, to help you make the right choice for your Odoo ERP Implementation.
Here are some more factors that we feel anyone should look for, prior to selecting the Odoo Partner or a Freelancer to implement their project.
After 300+ Odoo projects completed, our team at Pragmatic concluded that a full cycle of services plays an essential role in order to get the best satisfaction for any individual, startup project or company.
The full services cycle includes professional Odoo Consulting, Business Analysis & Gap Analysis, Odoo customization at every stage to tailor fit Odoo for any business. These stages are very important, especially if you’re a customer centric organization.
Working with an Odoo partner means that you are having a whole team of professionals (developers, designers, managers, QAs, etc.) with different skills and knowledge. As discussed above, for each stage of the services there are experts who play a unique role, unlike Freelancers who are more like an all-in-one.
Freelancers simply exchange time for money not a complete peace of mind. You are still required to make sure about their quality of work, also whether the methodology they follow maintains official standards or not? and sometimes you also have to be involved in technical matters of your project unnecessarily.
Whereas, while working with Odoo Partner you can focus on your real task as to how you can expand your business, and not on the quality or technical stuff.
In our journey, from our 1st to 1000+ customers we found that people initially due to any reason come across some imposters and after starting their projects with them, halfway through they feel that things are going in the wrong direction and they are not getting what they really want. Then they finally contact an Odoo partner.
Implementation of a full-fledged ERP System for your business is not like a simple website development stuff that if it didn’t suit we can start the development again from scratch. A wrong decision not only makes you go through financial losses but after investing a lot of time and resources, you also fail to tune your business in a proper system. This may also result in loss of confidential data.
So the simple thing is that your development Partner must be having a futuristic approach to the current business scenario, and they also should be updated time to time with the latest technology & Odoo version.
Work with any trusted Odoo Partner and you will realize they will have many success stories where they’ve proved themselves with many happy and successful customers.
When you work with Odoo Partner team, all you need to do is get in touch with project managers, run your eye over the final document of completed work, approve that work or make suggestions for any alteration, and then wait for the next part of your project to be developed.
This harmonized environment will never fail to meet deadlines.
Generally, In the case of freelancers, it is found that maybe they are good at their work, but they’re not always good at planning and organizing their own work processes. It may happen that sometimes a freelancer works with many other customers at the same time. This can create problems with meeting deadlines and will postpone your work.
When there is a new project, many companies are concerned with the price, communication, and expertise, but one area that is often overlooked is whether a company is capable of increasing or decreasing the size of a team based on the needs of the project.
The ideal Odoo Implementation Partner will be able to dedicate a team of developers that can fluctuate in size or change out one expert for another based on the project requirements and the client’s needs.
A flexible Odoo Implementation Partner will work with your company to ensure that the appropriate technological needs are met while continuously seeking ways to help you reduce your overall cost of production.
This can never be possible with a freelancer.
Company’s reputation is not the instant noodles, which can be cooked in just a few minutes, it is the aroma of the mission, vision, values in their working environment that creates their reputation broth.
We suggest that you check the company’s website, look at their customer testimonials, look at their social presence and also can take a step ahead to get in touch with their customers for a review. A happy customer will never step back from giving a positive review for its service provider.
|Key Factors||Odoo Freelancer||Odoo Partner Company|
|Price||Low rates||Comparatively higher rates|
|Domain Expertise||Skilled in one specific area||Expertise in many different areas|
|Reliability||Can disappear in between ongoing project. There is possibility of the cold feet||Cannot disappear. No chance for cold feet as they have experts for each segment|
|Persistency||Generally, have a one-time association mindset||Always have a long-term relationship mindset|
|Confidentiality||Confidentiality concerns||No confidentiality concerns. As they have standards & policies regarding confidentiality|
|After Sales Support||No support after project completion||Constant updates and support|
|Suitable For||Suitable for specific small tasks||Ideal for big projects/startups|
|What they are concerned about?||Main concern is money. Don’t care about client’s projects and profitability||Main concern is not only money, but also cares about a project and its profitability and ROI|
We hope this article threw some light on your understanding and gave you a clear idea as to who you should really rely on when it comes to choosing between an Official Partner and Freelancers for your Odoo implementation.
If you still find it confusing, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org we will be happy to help you out and remove your dilemma.