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By: Anju A.P

Odoo Partners Vs Freelancers

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Who is the best? Odoo Partners or Freelancers?

When it comes to the ERP implementation, there comes a lot of ideas, measurements, calculations, and concerns revolving simultaneously. One of the most decisive choices you need to make before implementing an ERP is, whom you will contact or take the help in supporting the implementation project. The decision is of utmost crucial, when it comes to the implementation of ERP modules like E-commerce, Human Resource, Customer Relation Management, or Warehouse Management, as they directly affect the business profit and expansion.
When it comes into the implementation of ODOO/Open ERP, the choice between Official odoo partners vs odoo Freelancers can put you in dilemma whom to trust and go for? The end user makes the decision upon several factors like the implementation cost, availability of developers and flexibility of work. Each project is unique because of its characteristics. There’s no single answer which is the “better” choice. 
One may go for a freelancer service to get your Odoo Implementation done. The reasons behind choosing the freelancer can be routed for several reasons like the cost of production, the flexibility of work, future customizations, etc. But a customer should understand that the quality of software deliverables differs between a freelancer and an Odoo Official partner. Only an Official Odoo partner will be able to provide scalability in work. In the prime vision, both Odoo Official Partner and Freelancers provide end-users with Odoo services, but an Odoo freelancer has his own limitations as he is the sole person to render the right from implementation to customization and later support. His future availability for any kind of development or maintenance cannot be assured as they are not officially authorized. On the other hand, Odoo's official partners establish trust and reliability in their service. The authorized partners will uphold their reliability and credibility towards their clients at any cost as it directly affects their business. In addition, the Odoo Partners encompass a team of techno and functional consultants/developers who are highly qualified, certified & trained in Odoo ERP. The Odoo official partners will be an exponent in all segments such as CRM, Accounting, Pos, Warehouse, 3PL integration, API and web-services, Project Management, Sales, Purchase, Event Management, and Survey, etc. On the other hand, a freelancer might only possess certain specializations that too not in all the dimensions making them less competitive compared to Odoo Official partner.
Odoo partners exclusively specialize and do development programs on key segments like Odoo Consultancy, Odoo implementation, Odoo Customization, Odoo Training & most importantly providing the future support for each module. Whereas, in the large majority the freelancers will only be providing the general Odoo Services. Secondly, Odoo Partners have authorized signatories having access to Enterprise Edition source code. They can report a bug to Odoo establishing the symbol of trust. On the other hand, Freelancers have no access to the Enterprise edition source code and cannot officially report bugs to Odoo addressing the security concerns.
Working with Odoo Partner ensures professionalism in workflow, Odoo Official partners encompass a robust team of professionals including developers, designers, managers to analysts with varying skills and knowledge ensuring versatility. During each implementation stage, the quality service is rendered by the designated person. On the other hand, freelancer plays a single army with limitations and challenges.
Unlike Odoo Partner, Freelancers are working in exchange for money. A cross-check over the quality produced and methodology meeting the official standards are never taken care of by the freelancers. With the Odoo Partner team, all you need to do is get in touch with project managers, run your eye over the final document of the completed project, approve/cite alterations if any, and finally wait for the next implementation stage. The harmonized and structured approach from Odoo Official partners never fails to meet the deadlines.
Whereas, with freelancers, meeting deadline is always at risk as they will be cluttered with multiple projects at a time. Due to their involvement in more than one project at a single time, they fail in planning and organizing the work schedules. This automatically results in frequent postponing of the project.
The main reason for choosing a freelancer over the official Odoo partners is the production cost. But in reality, we should understand that Odoo Implementation Partner can dedicate a team of odoo developers to the customers who are highly flexible and can fluctuate in size based on the project requirements. A flexible Odoo Implementation Partner will work with your company to ensure that the appropriate technological needs are met simultaneously reducing the overall production cost.
In nutshell, it is viable to opt for Odoo official partner over the freelancers as they preserve the aroma of vision, mission and values enshrined in the project.

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Partner is costly then freelancer why you not highlight this point .... Partner charge to much money...




Anju A P

@Azhar We are mainly into outsourcing developers for support and maintenance and this service is chargeable. A monthly rate is fixed for acquiring a developer. On the other hand, on project basis, a free service is offered for a specific period of time, depending solely on the project requirement. The aftermath service is chargeable again.





So For how long you used to assist the client without charging extra cost.




Anju A P

@Usman, We really appreciate your comment. The point you mentioned is clearly specified in the blog. The Odoo Partners come up with an implementation cost i.e. purely based on the business requirement. At the same time, they are quite flexible via implementing only the necessities, reducing the overall production cost.




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