Increase in a workload usually entails a need to increase in your office size, and not just the space of your office but the number of people working there as well. However, many companies choose not to do this because of the cost they need to shell out and the time they need to spend looking for an experienced staff. Unfortunately, most often than not, this would usually result to having an overworked staff.
This is when the option of outsourcing comes in. The global pool has many talents you can tap instead of simply hiring somebody within your vicinity. Besides, chances are, the best developer in your area has already been hired by someone else.
Pros and Cons of a Remote Staff
There are a couple of companies who believe that outsourcing would only give them a headache (because of the time difference and the interaction between the main office and the remote team) and that handling a remote team can be difficult. However, such issues can be prevented. For example, you can set up meetings daily to discuss important details about your project and you can also use different means of communication to do so.
However, this type of “additional staff” is getting more and more popular lately. The reason for this is the cost and time this remote staff offers. Aside from the cost in hiring a person (or a team), companies do not have to purchase new equipment and not have to worry about office space, among many others.
It would be extra advantageous for you if the team you hire already belongs to an existing outsourcing or offshore company as all you need to do is ask the company to put together the team with the skills you need and pay the amount per head or for the whole team. This means, you spare yourself from having to manage, evaluate staff, do team buildings, creating culture and everything else involved in management. You also spare yourself from the hassle of managing the payment of overhead costs such as rent, electricity, legal, HR and finance staff which pretty much takes so much time and resources to manage. You get to focus in building your product or developing your solution.
Choosing to Hire A Remote Staff
When opting to seek a remote staff, there are different choices available – you can either hire a person to add to your existing team, or hire an entirely new dedicated team.
There are different advantages and disadvantages in each, so choosing who to hire would greatly depend on which you would prioritize more and which you need most as well.
Additional Person on Your Existing Team
There are IT companies that give clients the option of hiring only certain people instead of an entire dedicated team. That said, if you only need an additional person to add to your team, you can opt for this. This is usually the option for someone who is looking for a person whose expertise is in a certain field.
Since this is someone who is already working for a company, you do not need to find this person yourself. Instead, someone from the company will recommend a certain person for you. With this, you need not to worry about other human resource costs, taxes, time spent for interviews and assessment because the company has already done this for you and will simply recommend someone fit for what you need.
An Entire Dedicated Team
A dedicated team is a group of people who is working together in an outsourcing company and who you can hire to act as your remote staff. The advantage of hiring an entire team is the fact that all has worked together and understands each other. Also, it is easier to relay an instruction to an entire team rather than to different people in different parts of the world.
A team like this usually consists of a project manager, a quality assurance officer, a web designer, and a web developer.
The project manager is your point person. This person is the one you constantly communicate with and who oversees the projects operations on your behalf. Additionally, this person needs to make sure projects are finished on time and accurate.
An effective project manager able to waterdown information from you to the team and can delegate tasks to the team properly.
Quality Assurance Officer
To ensure the highest standard in each finished product, there is a need for a quality assurance officer. This person is tasked to double check all your operations before forwarding it to you, as well as fix bugs should it be needed.
Having a quality assurance officer is important in your operations because software development requires intricate details. Also, a quality assurance officer makes sure the technology use is at par with the latest technology in the market and is with the trend.
Web Designer and Web Developer
There are several people who tend to interchange these two terms when in fact, these are two different roles and requires different sets of skills.
A web designer is concerned of the aesthetic and usability of the website. This person projects the client’s objectives in the website and creates the look of the website using adobe photoshop and the like.
In terms of the design process, there is a need to be knowledgeable on the design aspects, like the balance, contrast, emphasis, consistency, and unity of the website. This is to better the user experience.
The blurred lines in these roles sprung from the fact that many web developers are comfortable using adobe or web designers having a knowledge in writing code. Of course, these skills are good to be able to understand how the other works and could make the designing and developing easily work hand in hand.
Harmonious work in the design and development is a huge advantage because both roles (in a way) create your company’s representation which is your website – the face of the company. Also, with over 70% to 90% of shoppers using the internet for product research, having a sound web design and web development is important for that possible increase in revenue.
Why You Should Hire a Dedicated Team
Preferably, hiring a dedicated team is ideal because you do not have to search through a pool of Curriculum Vitaes since there are certain IT companies that can already provide you a team. Additionally, you do not have to worry about any human resources issues, taxes, and the like because these things is already covered by the IT company already.
Another advantage you get is having the team working solely for your project. This means that their attention is focused on finishing the project you need therefore there you are sure of timely responses for this.
Having said that, there are dedicated teams in the Philippines you can hire. Syntactics, Inc formally established a dedicated team last year, although the company has had two teams that have been taking on the challenge for quite some time now.