Either way, it’s a problem that, sooner or later, every entrepreneur faces. You’ve got to find people that know more than you in areas crucial to the success of your business. So, how do you find a developer if you know nothing about the development process and not **** anything up in the process? There’s got to be a way, right?
Yes and no, in a way. You kind of have to get into and understand all of that complex stuff to protect yourself. Hiring remote developers can be a great way to find experienced and affordable talent for your startup, however, it's important to be aware of the legal and contractual considerations involved before you hire anyone.
In this article I’ll walk you through the key legal and contractual considerations when hiring remote developers, and provide some tips on how to protect yourself and your business.
The first step is to determine the employment status of the remote developer. Are they an employee, a contractor, or a freelancer? Anything in between?
If the remote developer is an employee, you will be responsible for withholding taxes and paying Social Security and Medicare taxes on their behalf (😢). You will also need to comply with all applicable labor laws and regulations.
If the remote developer is a contractor, you will not be responsible for all that sad money and taxes stuff. However, you will still need to comply with certain labor laws and regulations, such as those related to minimum wage and overtime pay.
If the remote developer is a freelancer, they are considered to be self-employed. They will be responsible for paying their own taxes and Social Security and Medicare taxes.
Once you have determined the employment status of the remote developer, you need to draft a clear and comprehensive employment agreement. This agreement should outline the terms and conditions of the relationship, including:
It is important to have an attorney review the employment agreement before you sign it. No, your cousin is not qualified to review it. Yes, even though he’s in law school.
In addition to the employment agreement, you also need to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. This includes both the laws and regulations of your own jurisdiction and the laws and regulations of the jurisdiction where the remote developer is located.
Some of the key laws and regulations that you need to be aware of include:
One of the biggest risks of hiring remote developers is the risk of intellectual property theft. To protect your intellectual property, you need to take the following steps:
Even if you take all of the necessary precautions, there is still a chance that a dispute could arise between you and the remote developer. That's why it's important to have a dispute resolution process in place.
The dispute resolution process should be outlined in the employment agreement. It should specify how disputes will be resolved and who will be responsible for resolving them.
You can do it! That stuff sounds complicated but is actually pretty straightforward when you get into it. Still, if you're unsure and don’t wanna lose money, friends, hope and time in the process, you may want to consider using a platform that specializes in hiring remote developers. One like Match.dev, for example. We do the heavy lifting of the hiring process – from the rigorous interview process, to paperwork, to time tracking. And the best part? We love it!
We put our developers through multiple interview rounds to ensure that they're the best of the best. La “crème de la crème” as they say in Portugal. Or Italy. Anyway, we’re devs, not geographers.
Also, we offer a pay-as-you-go model, so you only have to pay for the hours of work that you need.
Need something done ASAP? Our developers are ready to start working as soon as tomorrow. They really are. And you, are you ready to start tomorrow? At Match.dev or philosophy is not of a marketplace – we try to view ourselves as a mediator between you and your next, full-fledged team member. Drop us a line and tell about your project! email@example.com