When your company is faced with the decision to either hire an in-house staff member or choose a third-party company for software quality assurance, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. While the size of your company will greatly affect this decision, it’s also important to look at how much an in-house employee will be used and if that is the most cost-efficient option.

Some short and long term aspects involved with an in-house employee include:

Recruitment/Replacement Costs – The process of finding the most qualified employee for your company can be both timely and costly. Additionally, if that employee resigns from that position the process will have to be painfully repeated.

Work Space – It’s recommended that your software quality assurance staff be segregated from any design and development staff so that they can remain objective.

Insurance – Keep in mind burden costs associated with liability, workers compensation and health/dental insurance.

Taxes – Employer taxes must be paid over and above the employee’s rate of compensation.

Equipment – Probably one of the most important and costly aspects of an in-house employee is the infrastructure and equipment required for them to do their job. This can involve new hardware such as computers and mobile devices (both iOS and Android phones and tablets), as well as office equipment such as productivity software and office supplies (licensed operating systems, browsers, and third-party plugins).

By choosing to work with a third-party, software quality assurance company such as Beta Breakers, you’re cutting down on time, cost and liability. Outsourcing for software quality assurance also gives you the option to only utilize services on an “as needed” basis which has proven to be the most cost-efficient option.