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When and why should you hire a remote development team?
Project Management
Feb 18, 2021
When and why should you hire a remote development team?

When it comes to software development, different industries have different needs. Some companies continuously create digital projects, while others need new software only from time to time. Surely, though, both can benefit from hiring a remote development team to unburden them with some of the tasks.

Why is hiring a remote development team beneficial?

IT LOWERS THE OPERATIONAL COSTS

For starters, hiring a remote development team is a significant cost-saver. It cuts the hiring processes' costs. You just need to pick the right company, and they will provide you with a well-knit team of developers proficient in the technologies you need. On the other hand, finding in-house developers with the right stack and integrating them into a team that works together smoothly is quite a challenge.

The payment schedule is beneficial with the remotes too. When they finish the job, you don't need to pay them anymore unless you want to contract them for yet another project. When you hire in-house developers, you need to pay them regardless of the workload they get. As you can see, hiring a remote developer is a go-to practice for companies that do digital projects from time to time. However, the company that has its IT department can benefit from hiring remote teams too. Especially if they currently have too many projects on the table.

YOU CAN START WITH YOUR PROJECT IMMEDIATELY

Hiring processes are very time-consuming. Simultaneously some profitable projects cannot wait. It's the perfect situation for the remote team to come into play. They are ready almost instantly and can jump right into it in a matter of days. Thanks to them you can undertake some projects you wouldn’t be able to tackle by yourself.

WHEN SHOULD I HIRE A REMOTE DEVELOPMENT TEAM?

As I already showed you, hiring a remote development team solves human resources problems. It's especially true when the time for gathering and integrating the team is very tight. To hire in-house developers, you need to invest in their onboarding, recruitment and employee benefits. Also, hiring the right people usually takes from 3 to 9 months (plus notice periods). A remote development team is like a ready block that you add to your company. They integrate with your team through the project manager who knows the developers well and whose soft skills are top-notch if you picked the right company.

The other situation in which the shortage of human resources can be painful for your company is when the project you are doing is overwhelming for your current IT staff. Again - hiring a remote development team is a great solution. You can let them create the non-core functionalities while your in-house team delivers the essential modules only. Or, once the mutual trust is established, you can even outsource the full scope of the project.

Benefits of an overseas development team

A NEARLY UNLIMITED TALENT POOL

When you hire in-house, you are usually limited to the talent pool of the people closest to your company geographically. Even if your new employees worked remotely, you would like them to show up in your office from time to time. So when your business is in the US, your first choice wouldn't be a person from, for example, Poland (this country is ranked 3rd in HackerRank’s best developers and is closer to the Western cultures than the countries in the first and the second places). While hiring a remote development team, this is not a constraint because you don't have to get to know these people. You can always finish the collaboration after just one project, regardless of the outcome. While deciding on launching a project with a remote development team, you get almost a limitless talent pool of highly effective, affordable and approved experts.

THE WORK AROUND THE CLOCK

Some projects are so big that no regular development team can handle them unless they don’t sleep at all. If you choose to hire a remote development team from the right country, the work on your project can go around the clock. Your in-house team (or one remote development team) operates during your workday, and the (other) remote development team engages in the project after the working hours (in a different time-zone), allowing you to double the effort in the same time frame.

MULTICULTURAL IDEATION

If you decide on hiring your remote development team from another culture, you get a different perspective on your project. People think and also code differently in different cultures. The clash of the different thinking ways might result in a fresh, unorthodox approach that could attract a broader audience than your initial ideas. Innovative concepts are also instrumental while designing MVPs.

How to choose the best contractor

1. PICK A TEAM EXPERIENCED IN THE PROJECTS YOU WANT TO DELIVER

Remote software developers usually have specialties. At first, always pick those who have already done some projects for your industry in a remote environment. Later in the process, you can supplement your choice with those who haven't worked with your industry yet.
However, they should have completed some projects similar to the one you need.

2. PICK A TEAM THAT EARNED YOUR TRUST

In business, there are many smooth-talkers. Unfortunately, there is no way to discern them from honest experts. You have to believe your gut feelings and choose a company that earned your trust in the preliminary talks. You can support this by going through their portfolios. Sometimes this stage should be more important than the previous one. For example, some might claim they have done a big project for a company from your industry, while in fact, all they did was support another company at it. As a result, they delivered some trivial functionalities that your project wouldn't need at best.

3. WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION?

At first, tell the team about the project you want them to deliver thoroughly. After that, ask the team a few questions to learn about their experience. For example,

  1. What projects have you completed in my industry?
  2. Can you tell me more about [choose one of the projects they mentioned in 1.]
  3. [Ask a question about a specific area from your industry the team should understand after delivering the said project]
  4. How long will it take your company to deliver my project?
  5. How do you adapt to changing business conditions during our collaboration? [give an example of such situation]
  6. Will you support my project after the development?

Why should you consider going with intent’s remote development team?

1. THE THINK PARTNER NOT A BUILD TEAM

We always discuss the solutions we see with you, and we give you ownership of a part of our team. You don't leave the project to them. Our employees join yours to deliver the highest possible quality while maintaining constant communication. Our approach joins the best aspects of hiring an in-house team and outsourcing the project.

2. A FIXED BUDGET

We work in a transparent FTE model. We precisely adjust the time we can spend on your project to your budget, and we don't cross the budget we agreed on in the scope of work (the document we create before we start the collaboration) unless we renegotiate it.

3. BATTLE-HARDENED AND EMPATHETIC PROJECT MANAGERS

On the one hand, they know their team very well; on the other, they have highly developed soft skills which help them deliver everything you need and can be delivered within your budget.

Takeaways:

  1. Hiring a remote development team is beneficial in several business situations
  2. The overseas development team also has some more non-obvious benefits
  3. To choose the best contractor, you must do thorough research, ask some specific questions and believe your intuition
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