How to Hire Dedicated Development Teams: Your In-Depth Guide

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As a software development expert, I’ve witnessed how the pandemic has opened our eyes to the potential of  remote work. We’ve seen how companies can continue to thrive even when their teams are not sitting together in an office. It took some creativity, a lot of WiFi access, and a willingness to learn new technologies, but the results speak for themselves.

In fact, it worked so well that some companies have released their corporate leases and are opting to keep their teams distributed. Business leaders have learned that their teams can be located anywhere in the world and still achieve business goals, build products, and belong to one culture.

This presents an excellent opportunity for companies to hire specialty talent in other countries. Offshoring and outsourcing are becoming more prevalent and present viable options for growth. That said, hiring a dedicated remote software development team can be a daunting prospect, especially when you consider multiple interviews, onboarding processes, and worrying about international guidelines for hiring.

That’s where TurnKey comes in. As a team, we have extensive experience in helping clients navigate the nuances of hiring a dedicated, remote software development team. We understand the challenges involved in the process, and that’s why we’re here to help.

If you’re considering hiring a remote software development team, let us answer some of the most relevant questions you may have. With our expertise, you can tap into years of experience and overcome the complexities of building a remote team.

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What Is a Dedicated Development Team? When Should We Consider Hiring One?

A dedicated remote software development team is one that is recruited and hired offshore with the intent of it being solely focused on your company and your product. It’s different from outsourcing, which is hiring someone (or a team) to do a short-term or one-off project. Offshoring enables companies of all sizes to build remote teams of specialty software developers, benefit from their niche skills, grow and support their culture, and meet product deadlines. So, when should you consider hiring a dedicated remote development team?

Here are a few instances in which offshoring might make perfect sense for your company:
Offshoring enables companies of all sizes to build remote teams of specialty software developers, benefit from their niche skills, grow and support their culture, and meet product deadlines.

So, when should you consider hiring a dedicated remote development team? Here are a few instances in which offshoring might make perfect sense for your company:

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#1 You need to launch a new product

You and your existing team are busy, right? (Swamped is more like it.) But your new product isn’t going to launch itself. Enter offshoring. Specialty talent across the globe are ready to dedicate time to getting that product built and launched. It makes sense for your budget, for your existing team, and for your deadlines.

#2 You work on long-term projects with updates

If outsourcing is the speed dating of the software development world, offshoring is the one you bring home to mama. Your offshore team is there through thick and thin—these developers will become just as much a part of your home team as the ones you see in person. So when you have a long-term project that you know will require updates over an extended period of time, offshoring is a perfect match.

#3 You want to scale

This isn’t a question. We know you want to scale. Remember in one of our recent blogs where we wrote that the one who scales first usually wins? We get the sense if you’re reading this, you’re one of the winners. In which case offshoring is the answer for you. Don’t run your own team ragged when you can hire a remote team to help.

#4 You run a startup that has either raised or will need to raise capital

If you’ve got funding, you want to use it wisely, right? Hiring a dedicated team is not only smart from a timing perspective, it’s great for your budget. The talent your firm will find for you in Latin America or Eastern Europe is going to be top-notch, ready to start, and won’t break the bank like hiring onshore or local talent will.

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What Are the Dedicated Software Development Services?

Dedicated software development services refer to a business model where a client hires a specialized software development team to work exclusively on their project for a certain period. Here are some of the most popular ones:

Custom Software Development

Dedicated development teams can provide custom software development services to create bespoke software solutions that meet the exact needs of the business. They can provide design, engineering, testing, and support for all types of software.

Mobile App Development

Dedicated software developers can create mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, as well as hybrid apps for both platforms. These developers will be able to bring together a wide range of skills to create engaging, user-friendly apps that drive business growth.

Web Development

Dedicated teams are able to build websites from scratch or customize existing ones to meet specific requirements. This includes creating dynamic websites with an intuitive user interface (UI) and secure back-end programming languages like PHP and MySQL.

Database Design & Development

Dedicated development teams can design, develop and maintain databases that are optimized for maximum performance while ensuring accuracy and data integrity. They are also skilled in creating business intelligence (BI) solutions such as data warehouses and data lakes that enable businesses to make more informed decisions based on available data sources.

Cloud Computing Solutions

Dedicated development teams offer cloud computing services such as SaaS (Software as a Service), IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service). These solutions enable businesses to store critical data offsite in secure private clouds while being able to access the files anytime, anywhere without worrying about hardware costs or maintenance of servers onsite.

DevOps Services

Dedicated development teams offer comprehensive DevOps solutions to automate and streamline software development, testing, deployment and maintenance processes. This helps businesses speed up the time-to-market for their products while minimizing overhead costs associated with manual deployment processes.

Quality Assurance & Testing

Dedicated software developers can ensure that all aspects of a project conform to industry standards and meet customer expectations. This is done through rigorous quality assurance (QA) tests that evaluate code functionality, performance, scalability, security, usability and reliability.

Maintenance & Support

Dedicated development teams provide ongoing technical support to keep software applications running smoothly even after they have been launched in production environments. They can also provide maintenance services to make necessary changes and updates as needed.

Using a dedicated development team provides tech businesses with the flexibility and scalability to build custom software solutions that are tailored to their specific requirements. Furthermore, they can ensure quality assurance and help them stay on top of technological trends while keeping operational costs low. Most importantly, dedicated teams can reduce time-to-market for products and services by efficiently managing the entire software development lifecycle.

What Are the Benefits of Development Teams?

Offshoring—especially when done with the right partner—has more benefits than you might think. Let’s count the ways!

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  • Cost-effectiveness. Specialty software developers who live and work in Eastern Europe or Latin America have lower salary demands because their cost of living is lower. So you can meet your budget and sleep with a clear conscience—you’re offering someone fair wages (and then some) and we’re making sure they’re onboarded into your culture. The first of many win/win benefits. Moreover, we cut churn greatly with our perfect talent retention program.
TurnKey is the only offshore firm we've interacted with that really places an emphasis on retention. They seem to be the only ones that understand how important retention is to maintaining strong product development cycles. Our churn rate with TurnKey has been under 5% annually whereas we were at more than 50% with our previous vendor!
Anna Alisova General Manager at R1
  • Transparent management. You’ll always want to manage what’s happening with your remote team, just like you do with the team that works locally. With TurnKey, that’s possible. Your touchpoint (us!) is in Silicon Valley, so you have the benefit of a contact in your time zone. More importantly, you have full access to your dedicated remote team, and to what they’re working on, what they’re earning, and where they are in the process.
  • Focus on specific goals or projects. Remember, your dedicated remote team isn’t a one-off—these talented blokes are here for the long haul. They give you their undivided attention, which means you can trust that they’re going to exceed your expectations and you’re going to meet your deadlines.
  • Improved collaboration. When you have a team who is dedicated to your project—remote or not—you’re able to stay on the same page. Collaboration is key, especially when you have a big time zone difference to contend with, so knowing your remote software developers are an integrated extension of your team is everything.
  • Faster development cycle. Nothing is more frustrating than wanting to go 100 miles an hour and being stuck at 35 because you’re rolling on three fat tires. When you have an offshore team dedicated to you and your product, your windows will be down and your hair will blow back, baby. Everyone on the same page means the skids are greased and you’re cruising towards your goal. Exciting, right?
  • Access to experienced talent. Maybe you’ve tried to find local talent, maybe you haven’t. Even if you could find them (you can’t), could you afford them? (ditto) Opening your eyes and your business model to the world allows you to hire highly efficient, specialized expertise to help you reach your business goals and build your product.
  • Faster scaling. When you scale, you win. Having dedicated staff around the globe means you’re ready to live large. Define what you need to hire now, then flex (or contract) as needed. You’re the boss.

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Compare Dedicated team vs. Time and Material vs. Fixed Price Model

There are three different models used for offshoring, each with its own pros and cons. Because at Turnkey we love to overdeliver, I’ve whipped together a summary for each model, enjoy!

Dedicated Team Model

The dedicated team model is a flexible approach where the client hires an entire team of developers, designers, and other specialists for specific business needs. The team works exclusively on the product until it’s launched. This model provides more control over the development process and allows for greater flexibility in terms of scope changes. Here are some pros and cons of the Dedicated Team Model:


  • Cost-effective: As compared to hiring an in-house team, the dedicated team model is more cost-effective as you only pay for the services provided by the team.
  • Flexibility: The dedicated team model allows you to scale your resources up or down based on your project requirements.
  • Full control: You have full control over the team's work process and can monitor their progress closely.
  • Expertise: You get access to a skilled and experienced team who can deliver high-quality work.


  • Communication challenges: Working with a remote team may pose communication challenges due to language barriers or time zone differences.
  • Limited involvement: As you're not directly involved in the day-to-day operations of the team, there may be limited opportunities for collaboration and feedback.
  • Dependency on external factors: Since the success of your project depends on the performance of an external team, any external factors such as changes in management or economic conditions could impact your project.

Time and Material Model (T&M)

The time and material model is an agile approach that charges clients based on the actual time and resources used to complete a project. The client pays for the hours worked by each member of the team as well as any additional expenses incurred during the project. This model provides transparency in terms of costs and allows for greater flexibility in terms of scope changes. Certainly, here are some pros and cons of the Time and Material Model:


  • Flexibility: The time and material model allows for more flexibility in terms of project scope, timeline, and resources.
  • Transparency: You have full visibility into the project progress and can monitor the team's work closely.
  • Cost-effective: This model is cost-effective for projects with undefined or evolving requirements as you only pay for the actual time and materials used.
  • Adaptability: Changes to the project scope or timeline can be easily accommodated.


  • Uncertainty in costs: Since the final cost of the project depends on the actual time and materials used, it may be difficult to predict a final budget upfront.
  • Lack of accountability: There may be a lack of accountability on the part of the development team if they are not incentivized to complete tasks quickly.
  • Cost-effective: Increased management overheads: As compared to other models like fixed-price contracts, this model requires more management involvement as it involves tracking costs regularly.
  • Adaptability:Risk of scope creep: Without defined limits on project scope or timelines, there is a risk that projects may expand beyond their original parameters.

Fixed Price Model (FP)

The fixed price model is a traditional approach where the client pays a fixed amount for a project, regardless of how much time or resources are required to complete it. This model provides predictability in terms of costs but may not allow for much flexibility in terms of scope changes. Let’s look at this model’s pluses and minuses:

  • Predictable costs: This model offers predictable costs as the price is agreed upon upfront and does not change unless there are changes to the scope.
  • Reduced management overheads: Since the project budget is fixed, there is less need for regular cost tracking or management involvement.
  • Defined scope: The scope of work is clearly defined, reducing the risk of scope creep or misunderstandings about deliverables.
  • Reduced risk: The vendor bears most of the risk in this model, as they are responsible for delivering the project within budget.


  • Limited flexibility: Changes to project scope or timeline may result in additional charges, reducing flexibility.
  • Lack of transparency: As compared to other models like time and material, there may be less transparency into the team's work process and progress.
  • Potential for lower quality work: With a fixed budget, vendors may cut corners or rush through tasks to stay within budget constraints.
  • Limited control over resources: You have limited control over the resources used by the vendor to complete your project.

Overall, each model has its pros and cons, and choosing one depends on several factors such as budget, timeline, project complexity, and level of control desired by the client.

Where Should We Be Looking and Who are We Looking For?

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That depends on you and your needs. We can find every specialist you need, and advise you if you aren’t sure how to put all the pieces together—all you need to do is ask. Here is a list of the most hired positions:

  • Project manager. As you know, your PM is the one who herds the cats. They oversee the development process and provide reports on the work completed. It’s like a second right hand for you—very useful.
  • Front-end web developers. Front-end (also known as client-side) development represents the process of converting information into a relevant graphical interface. This is where your users interact with your product. Front-end developers should know things like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Back-end web developers. Back-end developers build the business logic—the server, an application, and a database. You want these wizards to have experience working with Node.js, MongoDB, and SQL databases.
  • Mobile app developers. Your mobile app developers need to be fluent in programming languages needed to create apps that are iOS- and Android-friendly. It can be Swift for iOS and Kotlin for Android.
  • UI/UX designers. UI/UX specialists create the user journey and understand the psychology behind what makes people tap, click, and swipe. These masters of experience are your Sketch or InVision pros.
  • QA engineers. The QA (quality assurance) folks are your bug killers. Their preferred weapons? Manual and automated tests.
  • DevOps engineers. DevOps engineers determine the appropriate tools, setting processes, and code flow automation.
  • Business Analysts. Business Analysts (BA) enhance internal processes and make the development process more productive. They use your specific project requirements to define critical issues and propose relevant solutions.

You may also need data scientists or solutions architects. We can help with those, too.

How Do I Choose the Right Firm to Help?

Granted, we’re biased, but you could just call TurnKey and get the ball rolling. We check all the boxes below (and then some). But if you insist on doing more research, read the three critical steps you need to take when choosing a perfect company.

Step 1: Conduct the market research

Specialized websites like Clutch, IT Firms, or GoodFirms can be helpful here. These websites serve as outstanding data aggregators related to software development vendors across the globe.

Look to see whether your potential partners have the necessary expertise, how long they’ve been in business, and how big they are.

Step 2: Analyze the vendor’s reviews

Use the same websites listed above to learn about—and from—other companies’ experience.

Step 3: Learn about the previous projects

No doubt, each reliable tech vendor has a large portfolio of previous projects. That makes portfolio research an incredibly important process. It helps you understand better the vendor’s expertise and whether it can satisfy your business needs. For instance, TurnKey often gets new customers thanks to recommendations made by our current partners who are pleased by our experience and high-quality services.

Step 4: Discuss Pricing & Payment Terms

Be sure to discuss pricing and payment terms upfront so there are no surprises later on when it comes time to pay for the services rendered by the dedicated software development team.

Step 5: Set Expectations & Deliverables

Establish clear expectations and deliverables at the beginning of the project so everyone is on the same page regarding deadlines, milestones, etc., throughout its duration.

Step 6: Review Progress Regularly

Finally, make sure to review progress regularly to ensure the dedicated software developers are meeting their goals and producing quality work. Doing this will help keep the project on track and allow you to make necessary changes as needed.

By following these steps, you can be sure that you’re hiring the right dedicated development team for your project. With a clear understanding of what you need from them and realistic expectations in place, you can rest assured knowing that your project is in good hands with experienced professionals who have delivered successful projects in the past.

Which Countries Should We Work With?

Eastern Europe:

The software developers you’ll find in Eastern Europe are super fly when it comes to niche skills. They are also culturally aligned (or can be) and budget-friendly. The downside is that unless you’re nocturnal or have insomnia, the time zone difference can be an issue.

Latin America:

If you’re in the United States, LATAM this is a great option. The bench is deep in Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia, and the rates are friendly, but this is a market where you may find a language or cultural barrier to overcome.

How Do I Hire a Dedicated Development Team With TurnKey?

TurnKey is a top-tier offshore software development company that specializes in assisting startups in finding the ideal dedicated development team to meet their business needs. One of TurnKey’s most significant contributions to startups is the ability to increase funding opportunities by establishing a dedicated development team. This enables startups to showcase a robust team that can confidently secure funding from venture capitalists. Many of TurnKey’s clients, such as MiResource, which offers search directories that help people find suitable mental health care, have benefited from this game-changing approach.

Being able to hire high quality engineering talent quickly is a game changer for any early stage startup. TurnKey has made that possible for us and we are proud that it is one of our company’s strengths.
Mackenzie Drazan Co-founder & CEO MiResource

TurnKey offers startups access to a vast pool of pre-vetted talent from various countries with diverse skill sets. This enables startups to select a team that aligns best with their specific business needs. TurnKey’s custom recruiting process is optimized to ensure that startups can quickly onboard their offshore team, saving $63K per year on retention costs. 

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The entire recruitment process is streamlined, from talent sourcing to interviewing and managing payroll and HR support. TurnKey works closely with startups to provide tailored solutions and ensure that the offshore team’s integration into existing operations is seamless. By partnering with TurnKey, startups can reduce costs, access a broader talent pool, and increase efficiency without worrying about high labor and infrastructure expenses.


Some Final Thoughts

A quote from a well-known, movie character—Ferris Bueller—seems to fit here. He said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” So true, Ferris, so true.

As technology speeds along, and the world scrambles to catch up, you’d be remiss to keep your gaze focused on what’s just right in front of you. The global talent market is bursting at the seams with technical talent ripe for the picking. All you need is someone who understands how to navigate those international waters to get you aligned with a team that feels like your home away from home.

That’s where we come in. TurnKey is ready to keep you on the cutting edge of your industry, with top-notch developers and engineers who seamlessly integrate into your teams while boosting your productivity.

Life Moves Fast in Software Development. TurnKey Has Got The Agility and Expertise to Help You Keep Pace.


How do I hire a dedicated software development team?

The best approach to hiring a dedicated development team is to partner with TurnKey Labs using our YOURshoring model. You’ll obtain experienced, dedicated software engineers curated to your project needs.

What is a dedicated development team, and why do I need one?

Offshoring brings you a remote development team who is dedicated to your project. They are located in another time zone, offer specialized expertise, and can seamlessly integrate into your culture, your timelines, and your team vibe. At this point, the question is who DOESN’T need one?

Why hire dedicated developers instead of freelancers?

Freelancers are awesome. Love them. They’re great for one-off projects and short-term help in this industry. Focused on their portfolio and their personal schedule, freelancers put themselves first—rightfully so. When you need long-term, integrated help building a product, scaling your company, or expanding your offerings, dedicated developers are where it’s at.

How do I hire a dedicated developer for a project?

Of course, you can just jump in the deep end and hope you can tread water long enough to find the right shore. Or, you can call TurnKey—we will work with you to find the talent you need, when you need it.

What kind of company uses dedicated teams?

Your competitors do. Should you? Well, consider these questions: Do you need to launch a new product but don’t have the internal bandwidth? Do you have long-term projects that need continual updates? Need to scale? Have funding or a limited budget and can’t/won’t compromise quality? Offshoring is the answer to all of the above.

February 11, 2024

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