4 scenarios where hiring an offsite dev team makes sense

What is the biggest problem of every Silicon Valley startup founder? Finding developers. What is the average annual salary for a senior engineer in Silicon Valley? Well, it is over $100K, which is pretty expensive for any young, yet promising company.

If you own a small startup and cannot compete with London, New York, or San Francisco in terms of salary, you might consider hiring globally. For many established businesses and startups alike, offsite development is the first thing that comes to their mind when getting a new business idea off the ground.

Many go for offsite development due to the cost-efficiency, flexibility, and quality it offers. However, this option isn’t always the best one, even for experienced founders who know how to manage a remote development team. It’s a great tool, but you have to use it solve the right problems.

From my huge experience working with different clients from the US and UK, I realized that there are at least four cases when hiring an offsite development team makes perfect sense and has a positive ROI. So let’s take a deep dive into the main pros and cons of each!

Your startup has just gone through another venture round. Now, with more funding, you need to scale the team quickly. Yet, hiring 15 new local employees at a time is extremely hard.

First, you need to hunt them down, maybe even wrestle with the previous employee for them, hire and train them and only in about three months you’ll see their results. Let’s face it, the whole process can cost you a lot of time and money. There is no way your new local developers can get to work in just two weeks.

Also, don’t forget that managing a large in-house software development team might be a challenge you’re not prepared for. This is where hiring an offsite development team seems to be a perfect solution to the problem.

Pros

  • Saved time on recruiting. Recruiting IT professionals can take a lot of time. But if your sourcing agency partner helps you with assembling and managing the team for your project, all you’re left to do is enjoy the results without having to bother with the process. Basically, this way you can even hire a dedicated team in a single business day.
  • A quick start. A dedicated team of developers is flexible, which means they can start working on your project much faster than their in-house counterparts.
  • Saved money. Staying within the budget is vital for big companies, let alone budding startups. Hiring offsite can help you save considerable sums or at least keep your expenses within limits thanks to the reasonable cost of outsourcing.

Cons

  • Time zone difference. If an offsite team has to work in accordance with your other developers, the difference in time zones may be a problem. Luckily, you can overcome this challenge if your developers use time zone management tools for remote teams.
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