The American start-up scene is booming, and we aren’t just talking about Silicon Valley, Austin and Seattle. Start-ups are just as likely to be based out of cities like Denver/Boulder, Brooklyn or Chicago, or smaller, cheaper tech-friendly cities like Salt Lake City, Portland, or Dallas/Fort Worth. Today, it is possible to start a new business from just about anywhere. All you need is an innovative angle, a proven market, and an internet connection.
While it is certainly possible to get started with a great idea, a little bit of seed money and a lot of hard work, founders quickly realize that technical staffing can consume most of your time, especially in a competitive job market like here in Denver Colorado.
Here are some common technical staffing problems we can help start-ups solve:
Securing talented candidates that don’t break the bank
Winning an NBA championship would be easy if all teams had to do was identify the absolute best players in the world and open the vault for them. Google can run their business by buying top talent, but odds are your company cannot.
The right technical staffing strategy for start-ups and small businesses typically involves finding the best talent for a specific role within a set budget. We help start-ups identify the complementary pieces that can help take the company to the next level without breaking the bank.
Finding the right culture fit
Technical staffing is about more than just analyzing hard skills. It is important that candidates are assessed for culture fit too.
As with the previous point, the objective skill of your candidate is not as important as their subjective fit with your existing team. The best programmer in the world is not going to be much benefit if he or she is a constant source of friction within the office.
Easing the transition as you scale
One major technical staffing issue that start-ups tend to run into is with the flexibility, or lack thereof, of hired talent.
Working as a bootstrapped start-up, many smaller companies are accustomed to multi-tasking and wearing many hats at work. Contractors, even long-term ones, are often the exact opposite. They tend to view themselves as hired guns, responsible for handling a clearly defined, specialized scope of work. With a technical staffing agency, companies can get a steady stream of short-term specialists that offer the best of both worlds –long-term flexibility for the company and short-term focus for the contractor.
Any major technical staffing problems or roadblocks you dealt with that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.
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