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It’s a good problem to have: Your business is scaling up, you’re launching new features in your software, or traffic is spiking and you need to expand your infrastructure. Whatever your growing development needs, augmenting your team with freelance developers is an excellent want to boost productivity and get more work done. And, with more work than ever getting done online, there are plenty of tools and channels in place to easily add remote talent to your team, virtually collaborate, and maintain rigorous continuous deployment cycles without overloading your existing team.

If you’re wondering whether the time is right for you to hire remote developers to boost your team output, here are five questions to ask yourself.

Is your development team spread too thin?

Ben, founder of, says “Where I’ve really found a boost is where there’s been a hard deadline and, simply put, we can’t hit it without more resources. Augmenting the team with additional help, testing, support changes the equation. Now I might have 16 hours/day coverage, 6 days a week. Suddenly making the deadline is achievable.”

All it takes is a rushed sprint or one developer spread too thin for something to slip through the cracks. A database mess-up could result in a delayed campaign launch if the wrong address lists are pulled and mailers can’t get to the printer on time. Or, not having a testing pro on hand to help whip up automated tests could mean a deployment bottleneck, or worse, the release of buggy code.

Augmenting your team with a skilled, remote developer can help take things off your existing developer’s plate, boost the quality of code and reducing burnout. Agile methodology usually enforces an 80% production rate—if your developers are working above that, they’re less flexible, less able to handle surprises, and probably more likely to let those smaller things slip by.

Going through a migration?

Migrations—whether from one front-end framework to another, between databases, or to a cloud-based server—are often stressful times when more help is always appreciated. Having backup to help with launch, rollbacks, or contingency plans is a great way to let your developers focus on the task at hand leading up to the big day.

Need around the clock coding, testing, or bug fixing?

“Think of it as supercharging your team, just helping get a few more things done that you wouldn’t have otherwise.” – Ben Young,

Hiring remote developers in other time zones is often a big win for software teams who want more around the clock help. It’s often called “chasing the sun” and it means that code can be reviewed, tested, or collaborated on while other developers are asleep. Hiring a remote developer in another time zone can also extend your team’s ability to address tickets, issues, or bugs that might happen outside or normal working hours.

Launching new modules or components?

Have a backlog full of smaller projects that are lower priority, but the rest of the team is tied up? Hiring a freelancer to help with a smaller project is a no brainer—especially considering today’s more component-based, distributed software architectures. It’s easier than ever to let developers independently work on and deploy modules without dependencies. Say you want to launch a new front-end microservice-style module. You can hire a freelance React pro to work up that module while the rest of the team is dedicated to another aspect of the software during the sprint, so that module doesn’t get held up in the backlog.

Need additional help with testing?

No one wants to deploy buggy code or let mistakes get through, but sometimes rushing to market can put developers in a tight spot. Writing unit tests and automated tests can be time consuming, and often developers are too close to their own code to find errors and outside expert might see. In the absence of having a dedicated QA team, hiring a freelance developer to help with unit testing or automated testing, or a freelance QA tester to work with your team and give code a once-over can save you lots of time and money in the long run.

Don’t wait for a crisis to happen.

Ben also notes, “I once had a client with a project that needed to be shipped in three weeks. Through an oversight, no one had briefed an external agency, so they were stuck. They went back to market, but no one could deliver in three weeks. However, by augmenting our development team, we were able to hit that deadline, so we won the business and got it done.”

Finding a great developer with the skills, experience and availability you need can be easy—especially when you’re using a service where you can choose from pre-vetted talent handpicked for your needs—but it often doesn’t happen overnight. It’s helpful to have a strategy in place and a few candidates in mind in advance. If you’re using test-driven development or a methodology like Agile, use grooming sessions to determine if an upcoming sprint puts your team over 80% capacity requiring you to need extra help, or if there’s a project stalled in your backlog that could use some outside help.