It is always good to learn from the mistakes and rise from the failures, isn’t it?
So here is a relevant story of the Royal Bank of Scotland, to which you might connect well. The bank’s software observed a massive fiasco in June ’12. The IT company (name undisclosed) responsible for this failure had no thoughts about such failure or had any backup plans. The problem faced by the bank was, its software failed to update, leaving almost millions of users without their account access for money withdrawal. Failure heights: The bank itself failed in carrying out any commercial or non-commercial transactions for their customers. The customers of British bank NatWest and Ireland’s Ulster Bank were also affected by this system failure. There are many stories where an outsourced IT company failed in delivering the best of them. But, that doesn’t mean every outsourcing company will fail. If you be cautious enough in choosing your development partner, you would definitely end up in a better place.
Today, almost 71% of startups and big giants hire remote developers (outsource) for their web development tasks. To our surprise, 81% of them are constantly worried about the mismanagement of their data while they outsource their projects. Well, they should be! With such examples/stories of failures in handling the projects, anyone would constantly be bugged with such worrying thoughts.
But here is a twist. You can sit and relax while the remote developers are doing the job for you, only if you follow the steps mentioned in this blog. In this blog, we have highlighted things that you should know about before you hire your development partner and the mistakes you should avoid while hiring.
First, let’s understand why you should hire a remote web development company for your project?
Outsourcing your project development task allows you to meet your project expansion goals while the other project development task is handled seamlessly. Outsourcing has become a service in itself, with almost 300,000 jobs outsourced out of the US every year.
The market value was around US$92.5 billion in the year 2019. The two primary reasons why businesses, be it small or medium-sized businesses, outsource their projects are:
In order to increase their business efficiency by hiring the right experts and talents;
To gain a competitive advantage at a cost-effective price;
Few other reasons why businesses should outsource their development tasks are:
You can dedicate more time for performing core business tasks;
You can utilize in-house teams more effectively.
It saves a lot of your time spent behind hiring and recruiting a development team;
You get access to the ready-made teams consisting of skilled and experienced developers;
The project gets completed faster and enables you to achieve your project timelines.
What are the benefits of engaging with remote developers for your project?
Continuous development cycle:
Remote developers are always on toes and working for your project development. Unlike you, they have lesser distractions since they only work for your project. As a result, they ensure that you can catch up with project timelines.
Your backup to meet the deadlines:
You can always bank upon the expertise of the hired development team. They provide you a ready-made, customized solution in the shortest span, allowing you to meet the timelines. Also, if you have found a reliable partner and stick to it, you will always have an expert team at your disposal for all your future projects.
Remote development teams tend to engage more with the project and work in collaboration, just like your in-house teams. Additionally, modern video conferencing apps have made it easy for them to get connected with peer businesses.
Higher Development capabilities:
Managing remote developers or outsourcing your work to a development company gives you a broader scope for hiring well-versed developers.
Remote developers enjoy their freedom of work, yet meeting the deadlines. They feel comfortable working in their own space without any distractions and thus have increased productivity.
Expands your market reach:
You will probably outsource your project work to developers from various geographical locations. The hired team of remote developers engage with your project and indirectly spread a word about your business. They become your unpaid marketers who promote your product in their region.
Gives you a high and speedy Return on Investment:
By finalizing a development team, you have a ready-made talent pool that you can trust for your project deliverables. If you choose to continue with the same partners, you can recover the amount you have invested behind outsourcing within three years: 80% of respondents in a Delloite 2019 survey confirmed this. Why should you miss on this win-win situation
List of top companies that were built by a Remote team of developers:
Many famous companies trusted remote developers in laying their application’s foundation. Here are a few names on the list,
This all being said, there are chances of making mistakes if you are selecting an outsourcing partner for the first time. We provided a few mistakes that you could make while hiring the remote developers. If you can be careful with these mistakes, we are sure; you can hire the right set of developers for your project.
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Mistake 1: Not performing your homework
Hiring a development partner is surely not an overnight task. You have to prepare yourself first for the process of hiring. For this, you need to identify your immediate needs. Say, for instance, do you wish to build a project from scratch, or do you want to refurbish your existing app or want to make a shift from one platform to another?
You need to evaluate these answers, and that will help you in identifying the qualities that you should be looking for in your development partner.
Mistake 2: Performing inadequate research about market rates:
You may end up paying an extra amount if you do not know how much a remote developer usually charges for a project. There is no thumb-rule that more expensive is always good or vice-versa.
You need to be wiser while making this selection, or else you may get cajoled and pay more. Here is the blog link in which we have listed the hidden cost, which you should know before you finalize a deal with the remote developers.
Mistake 3: Ignoring their past performance:
You believe it or not; experience does matter. You can not start counting upon someone unless you know how and what they deliver. And to confirm your trust, you need to ask your prospective development partners’ previous clients and reconfirm their services.
You can ask them how long did they take to develop an application, or did they delay in meeting up the deadlines. Ask them if the prospective development partner is adaptive enough to modern technologies and delivers according to the project requirements.
Mistake 4: Getting carried away by the smart sales pitch:
You need to judge your development partner based on the diligence they show towards work. They may sound promising at first go, but wait, there is a catch here, you have to check their work folio, their communication, their work culture, past projects, and many more things. It is good that they have drafted a smart sales pitch that compels you to connect with them, but you need to check their commitment towards work.
Mistake 5: Relying entirely on your development partner:
It is you who knows your business better than anybody else. You have to trust your development partner, but not blindly. Keep a check on the workflow and your project progress. Question them if you do not like any part or design of the project.
Remember, you are handling over the accountability of the project and not the control over the project.
Mistake 6: Picking up multiple outsourcing agencies at a time:
Always remember that you need to get value for money. You may assign your project to a development partner, but as soon as you get another reference who promises to complete the task at a lower value, you may quickly shift or assign a part of your project to them.
But, here is the major mistake you are going to make. Different development companies have different views on the project. If they work together, they may end up making your website look cluttered.
Hence, do not settle down for lower charges, if you are getting satisfactory results from your development partner.
How to hire remote developers for your project?
There are many clinchers that you need to follow to make your outsourcing experience a memorable one. If you analyze your project needs effectively and select a project development partner, you will be in a better place.
Draft your project development needs:
Before engaging with any remote app development company, you need to identify what your project needs are. What you expect, and at what time do you wish to achieve the project milestone? Once you have answers to these questions, you can go ahead and find remote developers.
Remote developer’s geographical location:
It is a win-win situation if you choose your development partner from a country in which you have a thriving business relationship. Additionally, you should be comfortable to connect and communicate with the country you select as your partner. If you select a country having a language that you are not familiar with, then you may end up with a communication gap at the later stages.
India ranks 63rd among 190 other countries in the world, according to the World Bank Report.
Check their domain expertise:
You need to select a company that has delivered projects in the technology of your choice. If you are searching for a specific talent requirement, then search accordingly. Ask them if they can adapt to modern trends and requirements. You need to ensure that they don’t apply, one-size-fits-all policy.
Remote Development partner’s stability and reliability:
Before you make the final decision, it is recommended that you check their stability and reliability. Ensure that the remote development partner has relevant years of experience in serving the projects.
Check their company’s growth and profit statements for the past years. Research about their past and how long they have been in the business. Check their previous clients’ feedback. The answers to these questions will give you an idea of their business culture and help you in setting up a connection with them easily.
Interview their talent pool:
This may sound crazy, but many companies are concerned about finding the right skill set for their project. The prospective development partner may sound compelling, but ask them about their team members and the qualities they possess. If required, you can ask them to arrange an interview with the developers so that you can convince yourself and trust them for your future project.
A PWC CEO survey report 2019 suggests that 79% of CEOs across the globe worry about finding the right digital talent.
Check their industry knowledge:
Your prospective development partner may be good enough to deliver the project, but they should have sound knowledge about the industry in which you like to serve. It’s only then they can deliver a project meeting your expectations. Hence, it is always good to select a company having exposure to your industry.
Ask their cost for the project:
As mentioned above, do not run behind less money and compromise with the quality of the project. Even if you are tight on budget, negotiate with your partner, and discuss the price. Many developers charge hourly rates, which may vary depending on the country you select for your project.
Few other things that you need to check before you hire web developers for your project are:
Ensure that you follow strict NDA norms;
Ask if the prospective development partner allows you to have a choice of law provision;
For maintaining a healthy relationship, create a strong vendor contract;
If your project needs to deal with sensitive data, then you should sign a data security contract with the vendor.
If required sign a quality control agreement and an ownership agreement;
Pay attention to the contract document and ensure that the timelines, milestones, and costs are mentioned properly.
Ensure that you have a structured communication schedule;
Define the tools for effective communication;
Don’t delay in giving project feedback.
We understand that you always wish to nourish the relationship you share with your development partner. But, to make your wish come true, you first need to find the right remote development partner. A 2016 Deloitte survey brings up the fact that 78% of participants are satisfied with their outsourcing development partner.
Don’t think about a short-term deal, but focus on closing a long-term business deal with your development partner.
We understand how businesses face a roller-coaster ride, and hence we provide secure and scalable business solutions to all our clients. You can connect with us if you wish to have a better idea about your project requirements.