I work at a teaching-oriented college, where no postgraduate programs exist, and no research assistants hired. I have a research idea, but due to teaching load, I am thinking about hiring a research assistant online (zoom meetings) to do some of the programming/coding and data analysis/visualization under my instructions. I plan to pay this research assistant (of course it is a part-time job) and add him/her as a co-author. Do you think this is academically acceptable? Are there any downsides in doing such a thing?
Note: in case someone suggests to find a motivated undergrad student to help, I don't have time to teach them the advanced programming I require in my work, so I will be looking for someone who is already expert in programming and is interested to work with me on my idea.