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Staff Augmentation vs. New Hires: What Should I Do?

Your business is growing. Congrats! You’ve built a business people like, and it’s paid off. Now, it’s decision time. As demand for your business increases, the amount of work that’s necessary—new web assets, increased marketing, etc.—is set to increase as well. As the need for greater production increases, you’ll need to decide how to handle the increased workload. You’ll have to decide what’s best for your business between new hires or staff augmentation.

Wait—What’s Staff Augmentation?

The simple answer is this: staff augmentation means outsourcing certain tasks where the skills or bandwidth don’t currently exist in your organization. This allows you to continue to ride with your existing talent while managing additional professionals to help meet your growing needs.

Development or programming staff augmentation, for example, would mean contracting an outside team, organization, or individual to produce software assets for your business. This strategy can be beneficial when your current team lacks a particular expertise that you need in order to meet your business objectives. In many cases, you may even have the expertise in house, but lack enough resources to accomplish the objective by your determined deadline. Staff augmentation allows you the flexibility to scale up your team quickly without requiring you to add permanent positions.

Is This Really Better Than Just Expanding My Team?

This is where your judgment (and your accountant’s judgment) is necessary. In many cases, the greatest benefit to your business comes from hiring new individuals to be a part of your team. This isn’t always the best option, though. Let’s lay out the case for new hires vs. the case for staff augmentation:

New Hires—Why You Want ‘Em

In some cases, this is obvious. For a new and really small business, there are clear positions that need to be filled as you grow. Whether it be adding accountants, salespeople, or HR reps, there is a lot of work that needs to be done that requires an in-house option to be done right. As your business grows, your staff and infrastructure should grow as well.

Staff Augmentation—Why It Put Your Business Over the Top

Businesses of all sizes will eventually find the need to have assets produced while not having anybody on their team to do it. Often, the best choice, rather than hiring a new employee, is staff augmentation. By outsourcing certain tasks or projects, you give yourself an industry expert who can dedicate members of their own team to delivering you a high-quality asset.

In the technology field, staff augmentation is a particularly viable option. With the abundance of software services on the market, you’re sure to find someone who can do exactly what you’re looking for. Often these projects don’t require a permanent addition to your team.

Let’s say, for example, that you need an app for your business. You could add developers and designers and copywriters to your team to complete the app, but, aside from occasional updated and maintenance, once the app is built, you won’t need those team members anymore. Through development or programming staff augmentation, you can have your app built by a team of professionals without having to add permanent employees to your payroll.

This is Where We Come In

At Red Pepper Software, we have experience working for businesses of all sizes. From local businesses to international powerhouses, we’ve come in and produced custom software assets that took them to another level.

Give us a call. We’ll talk, figure out how we can best help you, and then get to work. You can rest assured that you’re getting a top-notch product from industry experts, all while saving yourself from having to bring in new hires. Staff augmentation through Red Pepper has been the right choice for small businesses and industry giants alike. Let’s talk about how we can be the best option for you.