A startup is the first step that you may take towards the realization of your entrepreneurial dream. Every year, many individuals take the plunge and start a business of their own that they believe will solve the problems plaguing mankind and will be the next best thing to sliced bread.
However, once the ball starts rolling, you begin to realize that you cannot do everything on your own. You now need a team, no matter how small it may be, to ensure that you can focus on growing your business rather than taking care of all the day-to-day activities involved in running a business.
The question that then comes to your mind is, who should be the first member of your team? To find the answer to this and many such questions, read on.
Who do I hire?
First things first. Here are the top 3 things to look for when hiring someone to your team:
Trustworthy employees are better than employees you do not know. In a startup where nearly everything is out on the table, it’s best to get people referred to you so that you can depend on them.
Flexibility is an important need of startups and most employees that are looking for a 9-5 fix are not suited for this job. Find employees who are willing to grow with you, no matter what.
If your employees do not believe in and are not passionate about your idea, they will not perform according to your expectations. Find someone who thinks the way you do and believes that he is your Robin (assuming that you’re his Batman).
Where do I find these employees?
Finding the right people is as important as being able to hire them. Hiring is usually a lengthy process that can take weeks, if not months, to find the right individual. When you are looking for multiple individuals, expect the hiring process to take up at least 30% of your time. If you do not have that much time, you are better off looking for dedicated teams to do the job.
What are dedicated teams for businesses?
Startups often find themselves in situations where they lack a key capability. They need teams to fulfill that capability, and hiring an entire team may take months. To make up for that time, finding a company that provides dedicated teams as a service is a great option. At Volumetree for example, we offer dedicated teams for businesses that have dozens upon dozens of highly experienced, trained individuals that can help you take care of your idea, while you take care of other growing the business.
What are the advantages of dedicated teams for startups?
There are many advantages of hiring a dedicated team. These include:
Reduced time to market
Dedicated teams help you get up and running quickly. They come without the learning curve of hiring the right talent and can get the job done in time. This helps you in ensuring that your product reaches the market as scheduled and you have enough time to decide if you wish to continue the dedicated team way.
Cost-effective and fixed monthly costs
Dedicated teams are also cost-effective, ensuring that you do not need to spend on office space, IT infrastructure or benefits for them. Your dedicated team partner would have already taken care of these costs for you, ensuring that you pay a low, fixed monthly cost. This will also allow you to hire entire teams for the cost of hiring just one experienced individual on a full-time basis.
Large pool of talent
Dedicated teams come with access to a large pool of experienced and talented individuals that are ready to work for you at a fraction of the cost. This is a feat that most startups cannot accomplish without significant investments of time, effort and money.
Dedicated teams allow you to increase the number of people you hire on-the-go, helping you scale in the case of need. This also reduces
Where a dedicated team is the best fit
Here are some areas of work where finding a dedicated team makes the most sense instead of hiring your own at the outset.
Developing a product is not a one-off job. You will have multiple development rounds that require skill and experience. Finding a good development partner can help you with a large pool of highly qualified talent to choose from, without the added headaches of having to interview each one of them. You find a team that suits your purpose, discuss, and get on with the job in days, rather than weeks or months.
With great development, comes great testing. A well-tested app will require fewer bug-fixing rounds, making your customers happier. We specialize in this by having dedicated testing teams that can help you create stable, high-quality products.
3. Product Management
A product manager can make or break a product. As this person will be your go-to person for all tasks related to your product, you must ensure that his strategy and vision resonates with yours. Volumetree, for example, has a pool of project managers from diverse industry verticals that are highly experienced and can help you ensure that your product is going in the right direction.
4. Marketing and Branding
Marketing your product is an important task, possibly equally important as creating it in the first place. Finding a good branding and marketing team can help you bring the product to the masses and create a fan following that will continue to generate revenue during the lifetime of the product. Dedicated marketing and branding teams also have dedicated individuals for each job, ensuring that you can get what you need done in time and with high quality.
5. Finance & Legal
Managing legality, accounting and finances is important, but hiring a full-time CFO and a legal advisor for this purpose is overkill for a startup. Companies offer financial controllers and legal teams on a need basis, ensuring that you get the right talent when you need it the most. Many companies also outsource their entire financial workload to dedicated teams, reducing overheads and ending up paying much less than keeping a full-time team.
For any startup, dedicated offshore teams ensure that even though you have the idea that will change the world, it should not be brushed off due to financial constraints. Dedicated teams for startups ensure quality, scalability, speed and reliability at all times, letting you get out there with guns blazing and present your idea to the world in style. Volumetree is a highly experienced company with a large talent pool that can take care of entire processes for you, reducing the amount of time, effort and money you spend on hiring and maintaining these teams.Follow me: