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Remote developers: your complete guide to working with them

3 May 2017

Dealing with remote developers is a necessity for many businesses, particularly those who are just starting out or have a small employee base. While this process brings along insurmountable benefits especially in terms of saving costs, it can come with its own unique set of challenges.

These three tips will help you work with your remote developer in a way that is uncomplicated and highly effective, so you can get the most out of every project they assist you with.

Tip 1. Finding your remote developer

Half the battle of working well with a remote developer is finding the right one to begin with. That’s not solely because each potential developer will have a varying skill level, but also due to the fact that even if they’re a master of their craft, they still might not match up to the specifics of what you and your company requires.

That’s why it is crucial to invest time in planning out the project before you even begin searching for a developer. The more detail you can provide when sending out a callout, the more likely you’ll be to find someone who perfectly fits the bill. Not to mention, if you have a solid game plan in place, you and your developer can work much more efficiently and further cut down on costs (and wasted time).

Tip 2. Communication is king

This is an obvious one, but it can’t be stressed enough. When you don’t share an office building with your co-workers, it can be tough so constant (and effective!) communication is essential for success.

It should begin by laying a foundation, providing your developer with enough background information so they can get a firm understanding of your company’s story.

During the project, endeavour to have regular check-ins to make sure they’re on track and see if there’s anything you can do to help if they’re not. Be careful that you don’t make this level of communication too heavy, as it can come across as though you don’t trust them or even hinder their progress by taking up too much of their time with obligations to report back to you.

Most importantly, it’s imperative to work out the best method of communication for you both. Everyone absorbs information differently, so keep an open mind regarding whether they prefer phone calls, text-centric emails, graphs, charts and other visual media, or something else.

Tip 3. Be vocal about their value

Many companies miss the mark on this point, and that’s a shame. Providing feedback (whether negative or positive) is an incredibly important element of working with a remote developer, especially if you want to continue your relationship on future projects.

It seems like the importance of saying ‘thank you’ to a developer should go without saying, but unfortunately it often just goes without being said. Letting your developer know how much you value and appreciate their hard work is a simple act on your end that can go a long way.

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