Your web page is the first impression of your business. If your website is behind technology trends, it will hurt how people view your company. Is your website mobile responsive? In the last quarter of 2018, 47.1% of Internet searches originated on a mobile device.
Whether your website is out of date or would benefit from a visual overhaul, your initial reaction may be to hire an in-house development team. However, this is a decision that may prove detrimental over time.
Outsourcing web development is an alternative with several benefits. We have listed the key advantages below.
1. Saves costs
Hiring new staff is an expensive process, but as well as the salary costs, you need to consider staff benefits. Offering only the benefits to your pre-existing, long-term staff will reflect poorly on your business. You also need to pay staff for all the time they are at the office, even if the work lacks that day.
Outsourcing eliminates much of the cost. You still need to pay for services but only the hours dedicated to your development project. The company you choose will have its own benefits packages for staff. If the company has some slower days than others, it is not something that you need to worry about as it will not affect you on an hourly agreement.
2. Saves time
Hiring new people is potentially expensive, but is also a time-consuming process. A report from 2017 reveals it took an average of 51 working days to hire an IT professional in the US and Canada. Finding the right web development team is not an immediate process, but Webilize starts working once the deposit paid.
It takes us 4-8 weeks to start a project once we are approved, and this is below the average of 51 days, which would amount to 10 weeks. After hiring an in-house team, there is a further explanation of project goals, but when the plan signed with an outsourced team, these objectives already established.
3. Web development is their business, and they know it well
Once you decide to hire a web development team, you need to know what that entails. You need more than just coders for full web design; it’s a team effort involving quality assurance, graphic design, development, copywriting and user experience. If you want a mobile app to accompany your new site, that’s another new team.
When hiring for these people, you need to know how to differentiate who works well and who speaks well. Those with more experience you can be sure are goodwill expect a higher salary.
4. Outsourcing focuses your business
While web and app development is a crucial aspect of a business, it is not your focus. Outsourcing means you can dedicate your in-house resources to running the business day-by-day.
We do not mean you should leave the entire design and development process abandoned. Assign a project manager to liaise with the outsourced company. You need to know how the project is progressing and for the appointed team to know of any changes you wish to make.
5. The outsourced team has already found the best people
While we know finding the best people is time-consuming, other people have done it. Businesses dedicated to web development consider themselves as outsourced. As they want to attract clients, they need the best people and will put in the effort to get them.
In Webilize’s case, our search was worldwide. We have found the best talent from across the world and brought them to our Vancouver office. As we have one business focus, it is more efficient and effective to have our staff in-house.
6. You have access to a global talent pool
When hiring your people, you’re limited to those who live nearby or are willing/able to move. Outsourcing removes this barrier. The best team for you may not be in your city or even country.
A world ready for you does not mean there are no other considerations. One of the obstacles to seeking work abroad is time zones, so you have to limit the time difference to five hours. You should maintain communication even if neither party is ever at the office at the same time.
7. You can view portfolios and find the best team for you
Web developers are to display their portfolio because they need to present their best results. The more beneficial it is if they have worked on a similar project.
Take time to read through each company’s web development projects and testimonials. Finding the right company will save you time and money in the long-term.
8. An outsourced team already works well together
Putting your teams together, you hope they work well. When selecting a company, there is evidence presented to you that they do produce results. It is not necessary to concern about arguments in the office but whether they will understand how their colleagues work.
Web development is a collaborative process. If your team does not communicate effectively, it will delay your project and potentially cause functionality faults.
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