How to hire a Custom Software Developer

By David Adress
President, Bitochon Technologies

Automating the work process can streamline the workflow and improve productivity. Needless to say, it has a positive effect on the bottom-line. Yet, most entrepreneurs don’t have the requisite knowledge to create a website, software or application for their business. This is where you have to call in a custom software developer company. The custom software developer will discuss your needs and give you a price quote. Then you can decide whether you want to hire the particular custom software development agency.

If you Google ‘custom software developer’ a plethora of results shows up. There are literally hundreds of developers you will find online. However, not all of them are made equal. To get the best value for your money, it is imperative that you select wisely. Here are a few pointers on how to select the right custom software developer for your business needs:

Ask Your Friends

The best way to go about finding a reliable custom software development service is asking your friends. Of course, this doesn’t mean you ring up your best buddy from college. Rather, you have to find ‘friends’ in the business world, preferably in the same niche as you. You can even ask clients and suppliers if they have used the services of a developer in the recent past. If they did and were satisfied by the results, you can hire the same developer. If not, keep looking.

Determine Scope of Project

It is a good idea to know exactly how big (or small) your project is. Often, you would come across custom software development companies that only work on projects of a specific type or size. For instance, some agencies prefer working on large-scale enterprise projects that could take several months. On the other hand, there are some developers who generally work with small businesses.

Search by Technology

Does your project require using an older (obsolete) technology or a cutting-edge software system? Depending on the needs of your project, you have to find a developer that specializes in working with it. Expertise and experience go a long way towards ensuring swift completion of the project. Also, you can rest assured that the project would be completed perfectly the first time around.

The Dreaded Deadline

When do you need the project completed? If you are on a tight schedule, chances are the larger custom software development companies might not be able to deliver within the deadline. If you have a flexible deadline, you will have more options to select from.

What is Your Budget?

Perhaps the most pertinent of all factors is the budget. Small businesses might not be able to pay thousands of dollars for software, regardless of how beneficial it might be in the long run. This is why it is important that you figure out your budget before you commence your search. Only then can you find a developer that suits your needs perfectly.

These are some pointers to keep in mind when looking for a custom software development company. Make sure you take your time when selecting one as it could mean the difference between utilitarian software and an exceptional solution.