I talk to people a lot. It’s a part of my job. I find company executives and ask them to come to our marvelous, incredible platform (well, at least in my mind) which can turn a search of development teams into a quite simple procedure.
And in some cases, I am asked with one particular question.
What are the differences between the OnBench and many other services asking us to do the same?
Quite a strange question for me, truly. We were creating OnBench from scratch with the thought our Team Search Platform would be exceptionally unique. But with this question, we start to think: is it? Perhaps, world’s been changed since we’d started, and now it has plenty of similar websites on the market?
So, I started to dig out a little and found out two mutually exclusive facts:
- Our platform is unique, phew
- But there are plenty of services offering the same as we do
People just think: I have this proposal to get new customers, but I did that once, and it didn’t work. Therefore, I’ll refuse.
And that’s how this article has appeared. To show that OnBench and other dev team hire services have very little in common.
Open Data vs Closed Data
Honestly, I don’t appreciate services that hide any information from you. It seems like someone’s hiding something from me. It’s not my life principles – it is… more on the instinct level, I suppose. Even if you know the company cannot tell you the price right now, your first thought is: hmmm, do I have to trust them if they don’t tell me the truth?
The most common example is the price. You visit the website, you see the product, you like it, you want to purchase it, and then you see the sign saying “Type your phone or email, and we’ll send you the price”. You’re going to tell me: hey, it is the successful practice of getting the leads! I know. But I don’t trust this practice.
Then I go to any so-called competitor website offering some development teams to hire, and what do I see? The same picture!
The OnBench platform works differently. It doesn’t pick up the companies or teams for the customer. Instead, any customer can do it in a few clicks. All you need is to choose stacks, levels, and amount of developers in the team you want to find. Or, if you’re a picky one, select several advanced options, such as rates, languages, location, or additional skills.
As a result, you get the answer on the OnBench while still waiting for somebody to call you on the other websites.
Time-Saving vs Time-Wasting
If you read the previous point, you see that the OnBench platform saves a lot of customers’ time. And what about the development teams and companies registering on the platform? Do they still have to waste a lot of time on phone calls in the effort of getting nothing, or is the platform simple for them too? The answer is: yes, it is much simpler.
The process of finding leads is a time-devouring costly thing no one is fond of. Therefore, as the user gets to know about the new platform, he (or she) usually has a rather strict opinion on it. And it sounds like: Why do I have to make some free time for this unknown subject if I already don’t have any?
OnBench offers a simple solution. Development teams or companies spend some time on the start while registering on the OnBench platform. It may take less than half an hour to sign in and add several developers to the company profile. And that’s all; you may start working on your other projects.
The next step is the customer coming to the website and searching for a particular team. If you match the search parameters, he (or she) contacts you. Boom, you’ve got a lead, the customer’s got the dedicated team, OnBench’s got two happy users. Everyone’s happy with a minimum effort.
No Fees For Both Sides vs Fees For A Deal
Usually, there are two main options for services offering dedicated teams all over the world.
- You’re the customer → you have the money → you pay the fee for the hiring team deal. This model is becoming less popular nowadays because customers are quite hard to find. And when you encounter them and tell they have to pay more, some may decide to flee.
- You’re the dedicated team (or company who has it) → you get money from the customer → you pay for the deal.
In the first model, the customer pays more. In the second, the team gets less. Hmmm, what option does the OnBench choose?
Actually, none of these!
The OnBench Platform does not have deal fees at all. The customer finds the team, and the team works for the customer. They may even connect via email or by phone; all contacts are visible.
That situation is possible because OnBench doesn’t act as a mediator in all this hire-the-team story. The platform allows finding and hiring. The rest is on you.
And, in case you’re interested in the OnBench monetization model, it’s pretty simple. The only thing you pay for is more than five employees in the search feed. Five of them can be activated to appear in the search for free. Beginning from the sixth, the cost of one per month would be $11.
Team Members Change vs Settled Teams
Imagine you want to expand your team. Or vice versa, some of your team members have decided to go freelance.
- Add team members you’d like to propose for hiring.
- Delete those who have left the company.
- Or even deactivate those who have left for some vacation but will return later (they will have their profiles but won’t appear in the search).
The whole process will take a couple of minutes.
You make a long call to explain what has happened: who has left and who has come. Then, the entire service’s strategy on searching clients for you turns out to be ineffective, and they develop a different one.
The process can take days before the customers will hear about you.
No Registration vs Registration Required
Imagine, you don’t want any registrations to be made for some reason. All that you can see on team search platforms is the description of the opportunities you get when signing up. Just don’t touch anything before you’re present in our database, right?
Well, with OnBench, you may search development teams, companies, and all kinds of developers from the very beginning. Here how it goes:
- You visit the main page and immediately see the search panel.
- You type offshore developers of all kinds. There are some obligatory fields like Skill, Level, and Amount. If you search for some particular team members, use some advanced options: Languages, Location or Search Distance, Rates, or More Skills. Don’t forget to press the Add Team Member button to search other types of specialists in the team.
- Then press the Search button.
- Et voilà, you have all the developers that match your criteria. The more the dedicated team matches those parameters, the higher it is in the search feed.
- After that, if you wish to contact those teams you’d found, you need to do the registration.
For these reasons listed above, you can’t compare OnBench with the services dealing with development teams. It is faster and less complicated in comparison with other solutions present in today’s world market. So, if you search for the fast-and-easy solution, just sign up and wait for the customers to find you.