How to Hire Dedicated Development Teams: Your In-Depth Guide
One of the only good things about Covid is that it opened our collective eyes to how successful companies can continue to be even when staff doesn’t sit together in an office. Sure, it took some creativity, a lot of WiFi access, and the willingness of people to learn new technologies, but nobody can deny that for many industries, it worked.
In fact, it’s worked so well that two things have happened: One, some companies have released their corporate leases and are keeping their teams distributed. And two, business leaders have learned that their teams can be—quite literally—all over the map and still reach business goals, build products, and belong to one culture.
This is good news, right? Because now, not only are you able to hire specialty talent in other countries, you should. Offshoring and Outsourcing are where it’s at. So what are you waiting for?
When you work with a company like TurnKey, you tap into years of experience and tap out of things like multiple interviews, onboarding processes, and worrying about international guidelines for hiring. In short, we got you.
TurnKey is here to explain all the nuances of hiring a dedicated, remote software development team. Let’s ask and answer some of the most relevant questions here:
- What is a dedicated remote development team? When should we consider hiring one?
- What are the benefits of remote development teams?
- Where should we be looking and who are we looking for?
- How do I choose the right firm to help?
- Which countries should we work with?
- How do I hire a dedicated development team with TurnKey?
- Some final thoughts
What is a dedicated remote development team?When should we consider hiring one?
A dedicated remote software development team is one that is recruited and hired offshore with the intent of it being solely focused on your company and your product. It’s different from outsourcing, which is hiring someone (or a team) to do a short-term or one-off project.
Offshoring enables companies of all sizes to build remote teams of specialty software developers, benefit from their niche skills, grow and support their culture, and meet product deadlines.
So, when should you consider hiring a dedicated remote development team? Here are a few instances in which Offshoring might make perfect sense for your company:
#1 You need to launch a new product
You and your existing team are busy, right? (Swamped is more like it.) But your new product isn’t going to launch itself. Enter Offshoring. Specialty talent across the globe are ready to dedicate time to getting that product built and launched. It makes sense for your budget, for your existing team, and for your deadlines.
#2 You work on long-term projects with updates
If Outsourcing is the speed dating of the software development world, Offshoring is the one you bring home to mama. Your offshore team is there through thick and thin—these developers will become just as much a part of your home team as the ones you see in person. So when you have a long-term project that you know will require updates over an extended period of time, Offshoring is a perfect match.
#3 You want to scale
This isn’t a question. We know you want to scale. Remember in one of our recent blogs where we wrote that the one who scales first usually wins? We get the sense if you’re reading this, you’re one of the winners. In which case Offshoring is the answer for you. Don’t run your own team ragged when you can hire a remote team to help.
#4 You run a startup that has either raised or will need to raise capital
f you’ve got funding, you want to use it wisely, right? Hiring a dedicated team is not only smart from a timing perspective, it’s great for your budget. The talent your firm will find for you in Latin America or Eastern Europe is going to be top-notch, ready to start, and won’t break the bank like hiring onshore or local talent will.
What are the benefits of remote development teams?
Offshoring—especially when done with the right partner—has more benefits than you might think. Let’s count the ways!
- Cost-effectiveness Specialty software developers who live and work in Eastern Europe or Latin America have lower salary demands because their cost of living is lower. So you can meet your budget and sleep with a clear conscience—you’re offering someone fair wages (and then some) and we’re making sure they’re onboarded into your culture. The first of many win/win benefits.
- Transparent management You’ll always want to manage what’s happening with your remote team, just like you do with the team that works locally. With TurnKey, that’s possible. Your touchpoint (us!) is in Silicon Valley, so you have the benefit of a contact in your time zone. More importantly, you have full access to your dedicated remote team, and to what they’re working on, what they’re earning, and where they are in the process.
- Focus on specific goals or projects Remember, your dedicated remote team isn’t a one-off—these talented blokes are here for the long haul. They give you their undivided attention, which means you can trust that they’re going to exceed your expectations and you’re going to meet your deadlines.
- Improved collaboration When you have a team who is dedicated to your project—remote or not—you’re able to stay on the same page. Collaboration is key, especially when you have a big time zone difference to contend with, so knowing your remote software developers are an integrated extension of your team is everything.
- Faster development cycle Nothing is more frustrating than wanting to go 100 miles an hour and being stuck at 35 because you’re rolling on three fat tires and one weak donut. When you have an offshore team dedicated to you and your product, your windows will be down and your hair will blow back, baby. Everyone on the same page means the skids are greased and you’re cruising towards your goal. Exciting, right?
- Access to experienced talent Maybe you’ve tried to find local talent, maybe you haven’t. Even if you could find them (you can’t), could you afford them (ditto)? Opening your eyes and your business model to the world allows you to hire highly efficient, specialized expertise to help you reach your business goals and build your product.
- Faster scaling When you scale, you win. Having dedicated staff around the globe means you’re ready to live large. Define what you need to hire now, then flex (or contract) as needed. You’re the boss.
Where should we be looking and who are we looking for?
That depends on you and your needs. We can find every specialist you need, and advise you if you aren’t sure how to put all the pieces together—all you need to do is ask. Here is a list of the most hired positions:
- Project manager As you know, your PM is the one who herds the cats. They oversee the development process and provide reports on the work completed. It’s like a second right hand for you—very useful.
- Back-end web developers Back-end developers build the business logic—the server, an application, and a database. You want these wizards to have experience working with Node.js, MongoDB, and SQL databases.
- Mobile app developers Your mobile app developers need to be fluent in programming languages needed to create apps that are iOS- and Android-friendly. It can be Swift for iOS and Kotlin for Android.
- UI/UX designers UI/UX specialists create the user journey and understand the psychology behind what makes people tap, click, and swipe. These masters of experience are your Sketch or InVision pros.
- QA engineers The QA (quality assurance) folks are your bug killers. Their preferred weapons? Manual and automated tests
- DevOps engineers DevOps engineers determine the appropriate tools, setting processes, and code flow automation.
- Business Analysts Business Analysts (BA) enhance internal processes and make the development process more productive. They use your specific project requirements to define critical issues and propose relevant solutions.
You may also need data scientists or solutions architects. We can help with those, too.
How do I choose the right firm to help?
Granted, we’re biased, but you could just call TurnKey and get the ball rolling. We check all the boxes below (and then some). But if you insist on doing more research, read the three critical steps you need to take when choosing a perfect partner.
Step 1: Conduct the market research
Specialized websites like Clutch, IT Firms, or GoodFirms can be helpful here. These websites serve as outstanding data aggregators related to software development vendors across the globe.
Look to see whether your potential partners have the necessary expertise, how long they’ve been in business, and how big they are.
Step 2: Analyze the vendor’s reviews
Use the same websites listed above to learn about—and from—other companies’ experience.
Step 3: Learn about the previous projects
No doubt, each reliable IT vendor has a large portfolio of previous projects. That makes portfolio research an incredibly important process. It helps you understand better the vendor’s expertise and whether it can satisfy your business needs. For instance, TurnKey often gets new customers thanks to recommendations made by our previous partners who are pleased by our experience and high-quality services.
We’ve got good news here—you have a couple of great options. Each option has their own pros and cons:
Which countries should we work with?
The software developers you’ll find here are super fly when it comes to niche skills. They are also culturally aligned (or can be) and budget-friendly. The downside is that unless you’re nocturnal or have insomnia, the time zone difference can be an issue.
If you’re in the United States, this is a great option. The bench is deep in Brazil, Mexico, and Columbia, and the rates are friendly, but this is a market where you may find a language or cultural barrier to overcome.
How do I hire a dedicated development team with TurnKey?
Honestly, we make it pretty easy. You know what you need and we know all the right questions to ask. We build your team as big or as small as you need it, with custom-recruited talent (not whoever we have sitting on the bench).
It’s YOUR team, dedicated to YOUR product, working within YOUR culture and within YOUR rules. That’s why we call it YOURshoring.
You come to us knowing your requirements, your budget, your process for onboarding, and how (and what) you need built. We fill you in on how we can meet all of those needs with a remote team that is curated and culture-matched just for you.
Some final thoughts
A quote from a well-known, brilliant entrepreneur—Ferris Bueller—seems to fit here. He said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” So true, Ferris, so true.
As technology speeds along, and the world scrambles to catch up, you’d be remiss to keep your gaze focused on what’s just right in front of you. The global talent market is bursting at the seams with technical talent ripe for the picking. All you need is someone who understands how to navigate those international waters to get you aligned with a team that feels like your home away from home.
That’s where we come in. TurnKey is ready to keep you on the cutting edge of your industry, with top-notch developers and engineers who seamlessly integrate into your teams while boosting your productivity.
The best approach to hiring a dedicated development team is to partner with TurnKey Labs using our YOURshoring model. You’ll obtain experienced, dedicated software engineers curated to your project needs.
Offshoring brings you a remote development team who is dedicated to your project. They are located in another time zone, offer specialized expertise, and can seamlessly integrate into your culture, your timelines, and your team vibe. At this point, the question is who DOESN’T need one?
Of course, you can just jump in the deep end and hope you can tread water long enough to find the right shore. Or, you can call TurnKey—we will work with you to find the talent you need, when you need it.
Freelancers are awesome. Love them. They’re great for one-off projects and short-term help in this industry. Focused on their portfolio and their personal schedule, freelancers put themselves first—rightfully so. When you need long-term, integrated help building a product, scaling your company, or expanding your offerings, dedicated developers are where it’s at.
Your competitors do. Should you? Well, consider these questions: Do you need to launch a new product but don’t have the internal bandwidth? Do you have long-term projects that need continual updates? Need to scale? Have funding or a limited budget and can’t/won’t compromise quality? Offshoring is the answer to all of the above.