Startups’ growth is often restricted because of size and wherewithal limitations. But the scenario is changing....
Having early market traction means that there is serious business for your ideas. You have already had your breakthrough (sort of)— your MVP is validated by (a few of) your niche audiences. You’ve been hitting some impressive revenue points.
Honestly, if there is time to invest in consolidating the customer interest into market potential, it is now.
MVP is just the tip of the iceberg. An even huge part remains below the surface that is MVP, unexplored. Of course, there is brand building, networking, and advertising. But there’s also application upgrades, technical maintenance, bug-fixing, customer support — technical tasks that require experience or a technical mind, the least.
Cut short: Your startup needs a development team. Assembling an in-house team is good but impractical, especially if you’ve just started your business. In cases like yours, remote teams work the best.
We’ll discuss that and much more in the upcoming sections.
Remote Tech Teams for Startups
People, workplace and workstations.
While it is relatively easier for startup companies to acquire the desktops, it is not easy to gather a team in one place. A team that can work solidly to develop products on the technology of choice and at the speeds required.
There are many reasons for this— employee pay scales, brand name & reputation as seen by the employees, uncertainty associated with a startup, or the attrition rate of employees. While these problems could be daunting for a startup company, multiple such problems can put a heavy burden on the operations. Often startup companies lose out to larger companies when it comes to having stable technology teams for one reason or the other.
This problem can be solved via remote tech teams.
Working with remote tech teams is not only possible; it is even advantageous in many ways:
- You can start on the work almost immediately!
- You can focus on the work that you can do best while the remote teams can work to realize your product vision.
- The workspace for your staff is not required.
- The remote workers can work flexible times.
- The tools and applications, that remote teams already use, can help you define, monitor and track work.
- Your HR efforts are almost eliminated.
- Remote teams can gather multi-pronged talent and skills that may be almost impossible to achieve in a single place.
Pro tip: You need not outsource all the work to the Remote tech teams. Your core strengths, business-critical functions, your property (intellectual as well as material) are better managed by you.
Remote teams can perform and deliver for almost the full range of product lifecycle. Starting from the designs (made from your ideas) and making any prototypes, to development on the technology of your choice, testing for the criteria required by you, packaging the product in a shippable form, product marketing and even supporting the early adopters and other customers, Remote tech teams can help in many ways.
Before that, you may like to understand some considerations to be borne in mind.
Considerations Before Hiring Remote Teams
Hiring a Remote tech team is possible but considerable thought and inference must go into the selection. This process will help make up your mind with reasons for every choice that you make.
- Type of the Team: What kind of team would you like to avail off for the planned ideas? Do you need a complete development team that could take care of the entire product lifecycle? Do you want to hire only developers and testers or just one person who can develop and test an application? This exercise could indicate to you the size and composition of the team to start with and even help you speak with your partner.
- Location of the Team: This depends on the way you would like to work; Remote Tech teams are available around the globe. What communication language would you be comfortable with? What work timings could be fine with you? What amount of flexibility could be required from your side? Can they be hired for the long term if it becomes necessary? Does the Remote Tech team have enough talent and skills? Answers to these questions could help you fix the location from where to hire the Remote Tech team.
- Type of Engagement: Some of the Remote Tech teams work on a rate basis and not based on overall delivery; similarly some of them work based on overall delivery focusing on the output, quality, and content. The latter is often more expensive than the former. Then there are partners who offer both kinds of services. Depending on your assessment you can partner with any of them.
- Interviewing the Partner: Once you have shortlisted the prospective partners, you interview your prospective partner about the previous experience, software and platforms handled, types of projects handled (agile, iterative etc), types of customers worked with, and kind of skill set available. The questions can extend into how they can handle solutions similar to what you are planning. The answers could almost lead you to find the most ideal partner who can be worthy of a long-term relationship that you may be contemplating on. Most importantly you need to understand how much the Remote Tech team can combine with you to achieve maximum impact.
- Visit the Partner: If a travel can be afforded then a visit to the partner’s site could confirm the details you already know about them. If travel is infeasible, technology tools like video conferencing and such others could be utilized to achieve this to a good extent.
- Making a Decision: Weigh in all of the information and factors that you have gathered about the prospective partner. Choose what best is needed for you and your ideas.
- Communicating the Decision: Once you have made up your mind the next thing is to communicate the decision with your partner and eventually share documents of agreement that will help understand from both sides the details of how the work would be done.
The following checklist would help you ensure you are getting all acts right before you hire a Remote tech team for real:
- Ensure with the technology partner that you make the right choice of technology stack. Ask your partner about the latest technology and market trends that are changing the landscape (for example predominance of mobile devices over PC devices in the past decade or so).
- Ensure you will always have a one-point-contact for all important aspects with the partner. This will help strong communications about all aspects with the partner. This especially important for teams practicing agile.
- Clarify the details on intellectual property implications with your partner to ensure no conflicts in future.
- Always keep your strong points with yourself instead of outsourcing them.
- Establish clear paths of communications; clear wording, durations, and structure of tasks help curb communication gaps.
- Ensure the operating framework is clearly defined and understood between you and your partner. This includes processes, tools, documents, and all other aspects that help you achieve objectives on time.
Remote Tech teams can be your extended teams. They can help you overcome the weaknesses you may have as a startup entrepreneur.
A reliable partner that pledges long-term partnership is always a great asset for you that could help you in multiple ways. At Classic Informatics, We have the vision to add value to startup companies like yours in multiple ways; whether it is extended dedicated teams, individual remote developers or mobile developers, you can always bank on us for reliability, quality, delivery, and commitment.
Our services span from helping startups beginning at ground zero to catalyzing rapidly growing companies with the product & the marketing strategies anticipate and help tap to market opportunities.
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