When looking for the ideal software development team, you’ll likely need to choose whether you’ll hire a local or remote software development team.
When you hire a local software development team, you have the option to discuss your project’s progress in person. On the other hand, you may find a remote software development team that will charge you less overall, but at the cost of communicating over the phone instead of face-to-face.
But do the potential benefits outweigh the cost? We’d like to think so. Here are just five reasons to consider hiring remote software developers.
1. You can save money.
More than likely, the potential to save money with a remote developer is the main reason you decided to investigate the option. If you live on the east or west coasts, chances are that hiring one of your local developers comes with a hefty price tag based on location alone.
But with a remote developer, you can hire a team from anywhere in the U.S., or even the world. In this way, you can choose a team that offers the same web or software development services as your local teams but often at a much lower price. Likewise, you’ll probably save some cash by spending less time chit-chatting with your developer, which they could bill you for.
2. You can be selective about the talent you receive.
Not only can having a broader spectrum of options save you money, but you can be more selective with the talent you receive. Opting to hire locally limits you to the teams available in your immediate area, and this can be particularly limiting in the United States, as software development has the greatest shortage in available talent in today’s job market.
By considering remote developers, you open the door to a wider range of teams with a wider range of skillsets. With more options to choose from, you have a higher likelihood of finding a team with the skillset and experience that best aligns with your project goals.
3. They can be better communicators.
As mentioned, one of the greatest benefits of hiring a local software development team is having the option to stop by their office and discuss the details of your project in person. Where this can be an issue is, if your local team predominantly builds software for local organizations, their communication may heavily rely upon in-person office visits.
In contrast, remote software development teams are entirely dependent on using instant messaging systems (i.e. Slack), email, phone calls, or video chats to communicate with clients. In this way, remote developers often acquire stronger communication skills and will be more than happy to chat with you about your project using your medium of choice.
4. They likely have strong processes in place.
Any good software developer should follow a proven process that allows them to complete your project in an organized manner. Unfortunately, since many local developers know they can talk to you in person, they may feel less of a need to iron out every fine detail of your project before getting started.
Remote software developers, however, must adhere to structure out of necessity. Because of the difference in location and time zones, remote developers can’t simply call you up when they feel like it. Instead, they must have a process in place that guides how they will approach your project, communicate project updates to you, and see your project to completion.
5. They may offer a better experience.
Whether you’re building a website or mobile app, you’ll have to watch it grow from the architecture phase, through the development process, and finally, to completion. This makes software development an experience and more often than not, a long-term one. That being said, even if your local developers have the skillset to complete your project, they may not be able to offer the best experience for you, the client.
Since your remote developer will be more likely to have the aforementioned qualities, namely stronger communication skills and processes in place, they’ll be able to offer you a better experience. Not only that, but remote developers are more likely to have the resources and capacity needed to support your project goals and ensure your vision comes to life.
Are We the Remote Development Team for You?
ClikGlobal is a U.S.-based software development team that brings together U.S. and international talent to get the job done. Our overseas talent allows us to offer software and web development services for a lower price, while our U.S. project manager and developers provide quality assurance.