Open to working remotely
IT-teams, both small and big ones, are on the front edge of all new trends.
Telecommuting, virtual workspaces, programming remote work, collaborating over the seas - we’ve all already been there. Let’s look closer what’s that like to a be a developer in nowadays conditions, and why everybody goes remote.
Why employees go remote
CNBC says that "more than two-thirds of people around the world work away from the office at least once every week." They take advantage of working remotely.
In 2018, this advantage is a flexible schedule. 43% of people like this point the most. The second benefit that remote workers appreciate is the possibility to spend time with a family - 15% appreciate that. The third advantage, the ability to travel, is appreciated by 12%.
What about those who offer remote development services and seek to outsource these services?
Why companies go remote
The physical borders are mending in the blink of an eye. Clients want a team overseas to perform their project? Not a problem at all. Many Drupal teams are either distributed across different locations (remote) or serve clients wherever they are. In this case, there can be one local company gathering together a number of developers and a remote client. Must say it’s a win-win situation. The company can have a fascinating experience and a client can have the best team ever.
Remote workers are more productive than office workers: they rate their productivity as 7.7 out of 10, while office workers rate theirs as 6.5. Other figures are improving, too. Guess how much flexible working conditions push the level of loyalty? It's 82%! 82% of employees would be more loyal to their current workplace. Also, 39% of remotees work more hours than office workers. Not bad, ha?
The next point is that companies are eager to minimize expenses and outsource projects. Even in 2015 43% of U.S. companies outsourced work to offshore teams. It's fine to be profitable. It's possible to find a highly professional web development team overseas. We work remotely full time: 90% of our clients reside in the USA, Europe, Australia while our developers are located in Russia.
To sum it up, what’s so special and beneficial about working with a remote team from the client’s side?
The remote developers tend to adjust their time schedule to your, client's schedule not the other way round. It’s the way it’s being done in remote teams.
Employees perform better
The researchers say that remote and telecommuting workers are way more efficient at work. Do you remember the figures above? The same can be applied to the whole teams like ours.
What's more, we don’t have to commute to visit a client and hold a meeting, so there is no efficiency decrease and a developer isn't distracted by the working conditions changes.
Communication apps usage
The remote developer actively uses Slack, BaseCamp, Skype, Zoom, and other tools.
Be sure: they track each project activity and are ready to get in touch.
Lower development cost
No commutes also mean no extra money spent. A win-win situation if you want a grand product still within a reasonable budget. Also, mind the salary difference between, say, the USA and Europe. 44% of those who outsource work to remote teams, do it due to reduced costs, the research says.
You can work with the best remote companies
Wherever they are.
How do you know if the work with remote team suits you? Go for it if:
- You put quality first. Local doesn’t always stand for “the best match for your project”. If you have a specific project, for instance, you run your website on a particular CMS, you’d better find a team that knows that CMS thoroughly.
- You want to avoid extra expenses. You don’t have to commute to a place of a meeting, so the travel expenses don’t boost your project budget. Besides, almost all means of communication are free of charge. Of course, you can pay, for example, for all chats archive in Slack, but it seems like you got other issues to spend money on.
- Every minute counts. Remote collaboration is all about scheduling and being precise. You have to plan the workflow, the main milestones’ checkpoints, the time of a chat so that doesn’t intervene in the other processes.
There’re few exceptions when you might prefer a local developer: poor internet access or you as a client may fancy face-to-face communication better. And, of course, such routine as receiving website supports calls, fixing minor bugs requires the local developer.
Nevertheless, the remote work model appears to be the most competitive and flexible one. You are to see how rewarding that workflow is after a few first tasks so go remote and find a team that can implement all of your ideas.