Top 5 Reasons Cheap Labor is Dangerous

Finding cheap technical expertise could derail your entire startup

Today, I wanted to talk about software. For many more business minded software startup founders, code can be a scary topic to talk about. After all, if you don’t have much coding experience if any at all, how can you make successful hiring decisions? How can you determine whether your technical employees are writing good code or bad code? What is good code?


Yes, in fact hiring the wrong people can not only cost you a lot of time and extra money, but it can even derail your entire company before it has a chance to get off the ground.  The software development industry is complex. How can someone with no experience in it be an effective startup founder of a software company? Well, I’m going to talk a little bit about that today. 


  1. Pay is often a reflection of experience – When you’re on the hunt for cheap labor, what you’re really saying is that you’re on the hunt for inexperienced labor. Would you trust critical business and strategy decisions to someone with little to no experience? If not, then why would you trust the development of your vision to somebody with no experience?
  2. Family and friend discounts can get messy – Having a friend who knows a friend or a cousin who has some technical background may be a convenient and cheap way forward, but it’s also messy. What happens during inevitable disagreements? What about when your idea takes off and that family member is looking for a bigger cut?
  3. Outsourcing over-seas will fail – I’ve seen this kill many startups. Outsourcing labor can be extremely cost effective, but is prone to cutting corners and serious security/privacy concerns. You will pay double or triple to fix all of these issues once your idea gets any traction.
  4. Your product won’t scale – Let’s say you finally get your MVP to market. You’re making sales and scaling up, but all of a sudden your app slows to a crawl. Your app wasn’t built well enough to scale up and support thousands if not hundreds of customers. Now you will have to spend lots of money to fix these issues rather than adding features that your customers are demanding.
  5. Security and Privacy – Security of your customer’s data should always be important. It doesn’t matter if your idea is an app for lawn mowing pro-tips or an app for medical appointment scheduling, if your users can’t trust you with their data, then they won’t use your service. Security and privacy are complex topics and should not be left to in-experienced developers. 

There’s many reasons to avoid trusting the development of your idea to in-experienced developers and these are just 5 of them. At eHelply, we pride ourselves on working closely with you to bring your idea to life and get it to market quickly.

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