3 Reasons to Work at a Software Development Agency

Adriana Campoy and Gimena Aguerreberry
January 13, 2021

Working as a software developer is a challenging and fulfilling career, and there is no shortage of opportunities in this thriving field. You can join the team at a promising new startup or a large, established company.

However, we think developers have unique advantages to gain from working at a company that offers development services rather than freelancing.

In this post, we'll take a look at why developers should consider joining a software development agency instead of offering freelance services.

1. Gain a breadth of experience.

At a software development agency, you'll have the chance to work on a range of different projects. Clients can run the gamut from small startups to well-known, international brands, so during your time at an agency, you'll likely experience different company cultures and grow familiar with a variety of industries.

Since you won't always focus on the same product or suite of products, you're more likely to work with a greater diversity of technologies. Depending on the size of an agency, you may also wear multiple hats and perform a few business-oriented tasks, such as contributing your technical expertise during a sales call with a potential client.

2. Learn from talented colleagues.

Software development agencies rely on the talent of their engineers to provide value to their customers. Therefore, working at an agency means you'll get a chance to collaborate with developers who are at the top of their game.

You'll have the opportunity to learn a tremendous amount from your peers and later on, mentor new hires.

At sophilabs, every newcomer receives support from various team members. The Developer Coach helps new engineers create a personalized learning plan, making sure they receive the training necessary to do their job.

We also assign each new team member a Project Reference, a fellow developer who can answer project-specific technicalities. The manager familiarizes new team members with the client's goals and the purpose of the web or mobile app the team is building.

Lastly, new developers are assigned a Talent Development Advisor (TDA), a member of the People team who regularly meets with advisees during their time at sophilabs to help them reach their full potential within the company.

3. Stay up-to-date.

One way agencies remain competitive is by making sure their team members are well-versed in the latest technologies. Many software development companies provide continuous learning and training as well as support to attend tech conferences.

Since these companies' value lies in their talent, they tend to invest in their people in order to maintain the high quality of their results.

In your search for a developer job, be sure to apply for opportunities at software development agencies. As a part of an agency's team, you'll be able to grow and gain valuable experience in an array of projects and industries.

Why Companies Hire Software Development Agencies Over Freelancer Developers.

Let’s face it, it’s not possible for a developer to know everything, even if they're armed with much experience and in-depth knowledge. So, it’s much more convenient hiring a software development company that can provide a team of experienced developers.

With multiple developers, the team can bring something special to the table. An agency can offer a full software development cycle, from consulting to business idea evaluation.

The whole process requires experts from different fields like developers, QA engineers, and designers. Each expert from the respective field plays a unique and important role, unlike freelancers who are more like all-in-ones.

In short, unlike a freelance developer, a software development agency can take care of software projects from idea to launch.

"3 Reasons to Work at a Software Development Agency" by Adriana Campoy and Gimena Aguerreberry is licensed under CC BY SA. Source code examples are licensed under MIT.

Photo by Elena Koycheva.

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