Increase in workload usually entails a need to increase in your office size. This also means an increase in the number of people working there as well. However, many companies do not do this because of the cost and time to be spent looking for 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. This is because of the time difference and the interaction between the main office and the remote team. Handling a remote team can also be difficult. However, such issues can be prevented. For example, you can set up meetings daily to discuss important details about your project. You can also use different means of communication to do so.

Recently, this type of “additional staff” is getting more and more popular. 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. They also do not have to worry about office space, among many others.

It would be advantageous for you if the team you hire already belongs to an existing outsourcing or offshore company. Then all you need to do is ask the company to put together the team with the skills you need. After that, you can pay the amount per head or for the whole team. This means, you spare yourself from managing, evaluating staff, facilitating team buildings, creating culture and everything else involved in management. You are also spared from managing the payment of overhead costs such as rent, electricity, legal, HR and finance staff. 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 worry about 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 working together in an outsourcing company and acts 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 instructions to a 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.

Project Manager

The project manager is your point person. This person is the one you constantly communicate with and who oversees the operations of the project on your behalf. Additionally, this person needs to make sure completion of projects are on time and accurate.

An effective project manager should be able to water down information from you to the team. A project manager can also 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 double checks all your operations before forwarding it to you, as well as fix bugs, should if 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.

Web Designer and Web Developer

There are several people who tend to interchange these two terms. But 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 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. Such aspects are the balance, contrast, emphasis, consistency, and unity of the website. This is to better the user experience.

On the other side of the spectrum is the web developer. Commonly referred to as a programmer, a web developer takes the work of the web designer and breaks it into different components to make a functioning website using different programming languages such as HTML, javascript, CSS, and PHP to do so.

The blurred lines in these roles sprung from the fact that many web developers are comfortable using Adobe or web designers having knowledge in writing codes. Understandably, these skills help in understanding how the other works and how 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.

Outsourcing 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 they focus their attention on finishing the project you need therefore you are sure of getting timely responses to this.

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.

Yulia Mercader


Yulia is a content writer by day and a reader by night. A curious soul, she loves to uncover the world's secrets through reading, meaningful conversations, and travelling. Although she loathes writing about herself, she can be persuaded to do so from time to time.

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