At Ekipa, we work with companies from around the globe that want delivery and quick reaction from their software development teams, but aren’t ready to make the investment in hiring a team and paying for office space. It’s understandable – some founders prefer to bootstrap, and others aren’t at the MVP or traction stage that most companies need to be in order to get an investment. Other entrepreneurs don’t have the time or energy to filter through all the noise and find the right software development team. We still think the results speak for themselves – as long as you find the right platform, the deliverables you can get from remote software development teams is comparable to what you could get working with local employees in an office. In many cases, it’s even better.
Outsourcing software development gets a bad name because too many freelancers out there are not independent thinkers – they have a task oriented mentality, and prefer to follow orders without questioning them or trying to understand the strategy. It’s a gofer mentality, versus a goals oriented mentality. This is common when you’re working with freelancers with the lowest hourly prices, and most often it’s because they don’t charge enough to really be invested in your project. In contrast, Ekipa’s teams are vetted for a high degree of education and independent thinking before joining our marketplace, ensuring that our clients get the right team for their budget and vision. When this happens, it’s like magic. Everybody gets to do interesting work that moves their goals forward. When the magic is there, the following results are what convince us that outsourcing software development is the best for early-stage, high-growth startups.
Access to a Worldwide Pool of Talent
When the world is your oyster, you can truly pick the pearls. We’ve matched clients with amazing people from around the world – top notch magento developers in India, people who could code PHP in their sleep, and clients with exciting projects. That sort of worldwide collaboration would be impossible for most companies stuck in an office picking exclusively from local options. Building an amazing team by only recruiting locally is possible for startups located in San Francisco, New York, and a handful of other cities, but it’s much more expensive than being open to talent from anywhere in the world.
Hiring and Onboarding are Faster
Hiring a fully assembled, remote development team is relatively simple compared to hiring an employee and bringing them on board in an office. To find the right employee to join your physical office, smart employers generally have to go through several rounds of interviews, an office visit, complete background checks, and set up any tax or legal requirements just to get them on payroll. Then there’s a weeks to months long onboarding process where the new employee learns the ins and outs of your company. With remote software development teams, your company doesn’t have to do any of that. The team comes preassembled, has its own way of working, and generally just does its own thing. Outsource your software development and you free up more time to focus on the higher level tasks of your business.
Remote Teams Give You More Value for Your Money
Early stage companies can do very well by leveraging the fact that there are many regions of the world with much lower costs of living and a high proportion of people with an advanced degree of educational achievement. In London, a top mobile developer might charge L200-300 an hour, which most startups can’t afford. They either have to spend their precious capital at an unsustainable rate, or hire talent that’s not at the top of their game. But for a fraction of the cost of a local developer, they could hire an entire team from the Ukraine or Pakistan. Saving money while getting quality deliverables, faster, could make the difference between success and failure for many companies.
Outsourcing Software Development Means Flexibility
If there’s one constant in the world of early to mid stage companies, it’s change. Change demands flexibility from everyone who works with you, especially your dev team. It’s hard to predict in advance what kind of work you’ll be doing next week, or much less next year. But when you hire an in house employee, you’re essentially doing just that – you’re betting that you’ll have 40 hours of work for them almost every week, and that the value they deliver to you will be worth more than the value of the wages you give them.
With remote development teams, there’s no prediction involved. You work in chunks of projects with agreed upon quantities of hours and milestones. It’s easy to have your development team working at full throttle to launch one project and then dial down to only ten hours of maintenance the following week. You’re not stuck paying a consistent salary every month if it doesn’t match your business’ needs, so you can redirect that capital wherever else it’s needed in your company.
We’ll do a subsequent post on the most common objections to hiring a remote software development team, but we believe that this will become the new norm to doing business around the world. There’s simply too much demand for software developers, and not enough local supply of talent in most places in North America and Western Europe. And of course, to learn more about hiring top teams from around the globe, we’re always here to help.
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