Find out why Odoo Partners are better than Freelancers
Freelancers are cheaper. But the work is not the same.
Partners or Freelancers?
Implementing an ERP means you have to make a lot of decisions. Every choice you make will affect the success of implementation.
In Odoo’s case, you can have help from an Official Odoo Partner or go for a freelancer. All projects are unique, so what works for one company may not work for another.
So you might wonder who is the best fit. An Odoo freelancer or Odoo partner?
Both partners and freelancers offer Odoo services.
Implementations, customisations and more that you need to be done.
With Odoo, freelancers have been a good solution. They get the job done and don’t cost that much. But only if it’s a one time type of deal.
Partners have a direct line to Odoo. They have tools and knowledge that isn’t available to others. You can rely on them for support and whatever you may need in the future.
There isn’t an answer to who is the best choice for you. No business is the same. You have to weight the pros and cons and make a decision.
The problem with Odoo Freelancers
Many freelancers are very good at what they do. At times a freelancer is the best solution to solve a problem. Quick and cheap.
Freelancers are on their own. They often have a specialisation and are very good at it. But can’t help you if you have other needs.
You need to understand that the quality of work is different. If you opt to have a freelancer to install Odoo, they’ll have limitations. And so will your project. A freelancer is limited by their own knowledge of how Odoo works. Maintenance and further development will depend on their availability and technical knowledge.
Be aware they don’t have access to Odoo the way partners do. You don’t know if your freelancer follows the official standards.
Most freelancers provide general Odoo services. But they don’t have the proper training or the ability to help you with Odoo Enterprise edition. Only partners can.
This doesn’t mean freelancers aren’t good. It means they can’t give you a high-quality service because they don’t have the proper access.
If you have a bug in your system, they can’t report it and have it fixed.
You’ll probably be involved in matters unnecessarily. Or make decisions based on technical issues that you’re not entirely sure about.
The relationship is a short one. As soon as the service is completed, you’ll probably never hear from each other again. There’s no support guaranteed after the project is done. What if there’s an issue in the future, how will you solve it?
You can get in touch with them again. Do they still do freelance work or know how to fix it?
Or do you have to find another freelancer? Start the process all over. They’ll need time to get acquainted with your system and someone else’s work first. Then, fix it.
Unless you find a reliable freelancer willing to continue the work, you’ll face problems that will cost you money and time.
While it might be cheaper at the moment, in the long run, won’t be worth it.
Why having an Odoo Partner by your side is better
An Odoo Partner is an authorized partner by Odoo. They have a team of people qualified to handle the many Odoo modules. They offer technical and functional support and help with scalability.
Odoo relies on its partners to deliver direct services to customers. As Odoo focus in research and development, partners are here to help businesses.
With a partner, you’ll be able to have a variety of services. Odoo training, Odoo consultancy, Odoo support, Odoo customisation, and so on. Partners have a deeper knowledge of Odoo and its framework.
The teams are qualified, certified and trained in Odoo. And they have expertise in the many modules.
Official partners have a direct relationship with Odoo. They are fully trained by Odoo and can access the Odoo Enterprise source code. This is something a freelancer can’t do.
Not to mention, an Official Partner has credibility. You can trust and rely on them to provide a quality service.
Partners are always in communication with you to ensure you meet your business goals. At each stage, we have people with you with different skills and knowledge. We are right behind you at every turn, making sure all goes well. You just need to focus on your business.
If you have a problem in the future, we’ll be here to help you. The relationship isn’t over just because we completed the service.
We also have business knowledge on our side. Years of handling projects across industries, help us get insight into business. Yes, not all companies are equal. But, we have valuable experience.
We can advise on what is the best solution for your business. Put you on the path towards growth to give you the competitive advantage.
It’s an investment that will pay-off in the future.