Hiring Your First Developers: A Guide for Startups

You may be an ultra-focused entrepreneur who has struck a winning startup idea, but you probably don’t have a broad enough skill set to cover all scenarios. In today’s increasingly tech-driven business world, having a robust developer team is critical. This is particularly true if you lack the programming capabilities or have sufficient time to build all your business ideas.  

The good news is you can still build the projects you want by hiring developers. Still, the road to success hinges on bringing the best possible dev’s into your organization, which is easier said than done. Finding people who meet your expectations, have the right skills, and integrate with your existing teams is one of the biggest challenges.  

In this article, you can read about some ways to make sure you source and acquire the best developers without compromising on your business vision.  

Know What you Need 

Before rushing into the hiring process, it’s important to understand your own requirements. How can an incoming developer satisfy your demands if you are not sure what they are? Get as specific as you can in the planning phase to find developers with the exact skills you need.  

When you have clarity in your objectives, it will be evident in your communication with potential developers, enabling them to know whether they can deliver what you’re looking for. Research is your friend in this area, so head online and find out what dev roles your startup needs.  

Know Where to Look 

While there are plenty of offline “environments” to find developers (tech conferences, co-working spaces, etc.), no doubt the online realm is where you should be looking. Simply, the internet offers the largest number of options for finding workers of any kind, such as: 

  • Social media – Social media such as Facebook and Twitter are like mining for diamonds, you will probably spend days weeding through dead ends before finding one gem. It’s hardly efficient, but sometimes you can land an excellent lead. LinkedIn is a little different and is a valuable resource for finding developers and other potential employees in your field.  
  • Specialized communities – Heading to professional websites and forums such as Reddit and GitHub can help, but the results may be like social media and you spend a lot of time searching through candidates to find the one talent you require.  
  • Freelance portals – Services such as Upwork and Guru are hugely popular for acquiring talent. One of the advantages is these portals is they will do some of the vetting for you and bring together all prospective employees under a single virtual roof. However, there are some downsides, including a race to the bottom. Clients try to outbid each other, and some will provide services at an unusually low cost just to get the gig. Don’t forget to look for the most qualified person without compromising your budget.  
  • Dedicated services – While social media and freelance portals have their merit, the best online resource for connecting startups with developers is a website that specializes in doing just that. At VanHack, startups can easily connect with prospective employees across multiple niches. VanHack is the fastest way for companies to hire tech talent and is home to over 200,000 tech professionals from over 100 countries.  

Going Remote or Staying On-Premises? 

Firstly, the clear answer to this question is… Why not do both? Businesses are increasingly seeing value in employing remote workers but there is clear importance in having on-premises workers, particularly in development.  

Whether you go all remote, all in-house, or combine the methods, here are some pros and cons: 

Remote Development Team
ProsCons
Reduces operations costs
Allows you to have scalable teams
You can leverage diverse solutions
Provides a wider pool of potential devs
Is arguably more efficient for short-term contracts
Requires a reliable internet connection on the developers end
Communication can be lacking
Devs may lack understanding of your company culture and goals
Reduces the possibility of interpersonal relationships within a team. 
On-Premises Development Team
ProsCons
Understanding of company goals and culture
Direct overview and management of your development
Are on-site and available to troubleshoot any problems
Are often integrated and trusted within your organization
Ability to cultivate working relationships
May be harder to cover specialized skills without going remote
Higher operational costs
Efficiency sometimes declines
 Less control over the salary (not necessarily based on work done)

When working with VanHack, you have access to the best of both worlds. Businesses can go completely remote if they like but are not left out if they prefer on-premises. That’s because VanHack allows organizations to tap into a global pool of developers that can become fully integrated within their in-house teams.

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