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You may have heard that working with remote developers can be a great way to save money and resources in your company. In fact, many companies have gotten great results by hiring remote developers. Some of those companies work with a remote programmer on a full-time basis. But for others, this is more of an occasional thing. Working with remote developers involves different challenges from the standard co-working setup, which is why it isn’t suitable for every business. If you’re considering working with remote developers on a part-time or contract basis, here are some tips to help you get started:

Find the Right Developers remotely

While it might seem like everyone you hire remotely is the same, employees are individuals, just like everyone in your office. You’ll get the best results if you choose people who are a good fit to begin with—not just people who can work remotely. If you don’t hire the right people, no matter what type of work you’re doing, you’re setting yourself up for problems. Working with remote developers isn’t a quick fix for poor hiring practices. You’ll want to start by thinking about the type of work you need done. Are there any specific skill sets you need? What kind of personalities do you want on your team? Do you want people who are extroverted or introverted? If you’re hiring remote developers to work on your website, you’ll want people who can follow guidelines and have a good grasp of design. You’ll want people who have good problem-solving skills and have experience with keeping to a schedule.

Set Clear Expectations

It’s important to set clear expectations with your remote developers from the beginning. At the same time, you don’t want to stop being flexible and open-minded as you continue working with your remote team. What kind of hours do you expect from your remote workers? Are there set days and times that you want them to meet with you or your team? Are there any times of the year when you want to hire them less? What kind of deliverables do you expect from them? What is your review process? How often do you want them communicating with you? What is the tone of your relationship with your remote workers? Are you a demanding manager who wants everything done right away and wants regular updates? Or are you a laid-back manager who just wants to check in and offer feedback as needed?

Choose the Right Tools

There are so many different tools that can help you work and communicate with your remote developers. The right combination will depend on your needs and on your current setup. You’ll need to decide if you want to use voice or video communication. For example, video conferencing can be helpful if you’re managing a team of remote developers. You can use video conferencing services like Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts. You’ll also want to think about how you want to collaborate on projects. Some tools are great for brainstorming, like Trello. Other tools are useful for designing and coding, like Zeplin or Ze. You’ll want to make sure that you have the right communication tools in place so you don’t have to worry about switching between them at the wrong times.

Have a Dedicated Meeting Space

You want to make sure you have a dedicated meeting space where your team can meet with their remote workers. This can be anything from a conference room to a living room. It’s important that your remote workers feel comfortable when they’re visiting your office. Some remote workers will be more comfortable meeting in a public place like a park or a coffee shop. You can also use teleconferencing services like Zoom or Zoom rooms. Whatever you decide, be sure to have a dedicated meeting space set up so your remote workers can feel comfortable when they’re visiting your office.

Communicate and Check-in Often

Communication is key to working with remote developers. At the same time, you don’t want to overwhelm your remote workers with communication—especially if they’re working from their homes. A good rule of thumb is to communicate with your remote workers as often as you would if they were in the office with you. If you’re comfortable with that, you might want to check in with them even more often. You’ll want to keep your remote workers up to date on project deadlines, priorities, and goals. You can do this through meetings, emails, and collaboration tools. You’ll want to make sure to check in regularly with your remote workers. This can be helpful if you notice your remote workers are becoming less productive or less responsive.

Negotiate and Review your Contract

One of the most important things you can do when hiring remote developers is negotiate a good contract. You might be able to negotiate a better rate or terms if you have multiple remote workers to choose from. You might be hiring a remote company to work on a contract basis or to do one-off projects. If that’s the case, check their contract to make sure you’re comfortable with the terms. You might be hiring a remote developer on a part-time or full-time basis. If that’s the case, be sure to discuss what the terms, rate, and expectations are for your relationship up front. If you’re hiring remote developers, you want to make sure that you’re prepared for the challenges that come with it. Working with remote developers can be a great way to keep your costs down and get great results. Just make sure you find the right people and set clear expectations from the beginning.

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Hiring Remote Developers | FAQs

  • How much does it cost to hire a remote developer?

    UpStack has a simple billing model where each remote developer has a standard hourly rate averaging between $65-$75 per hour. Rates are based on skills, knowledge, and experience, and our developers are available mainly for full-time engagement (40 hours per week) and the occasional part-time opportunity (20 hours per week).

  • What is the process to find a remote developer?

    You’ll connect with an UpStack Client Success Manager to determine your immediate needs. Our team uses a combination of AI and personal assessment to short-list candidates that match your job requirements. From there, you interview, select, and onboard the perfect developer, all within days of your initial call.

  • How does UpStack find its Remote developers?

    UpStack’s talent recruitment team connects with software developers around the globe every day. Each remote programmer is vetted for technical, communication, and other soft skills necessary for a developer to successfully work with your team. Once vetted, the candidates are accepted into the UpStack developer community.

  • How is UpStack different from an agency or recruiter?

    UpStack's community of available, pre-vetted engineering talent means minimizing roadblocks to scaling your team effectively, efficiently, and immediately. Our Client Success Experts work with you and your UpStack developer to ensure a smooth and seamless engagement.

  • Can I hire UpStack Remote developers directly?

    Yes, you can hire UpStack remote developers at any time, and with the same assurance of smoothly on boarding talent risk-free. First, we’d create a job opening on our portal. Then, we’d vet, interview, and match developers that meet your needs. If you’re satisfied at the end of the 14-day trial period, at any time you can directly hire them.

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