As we progress further into the digital world in the 21st Century, businesses must continually adapt to changing consumer behavior. Today’s consumers prefer the ease and convenience of doing transactions online, requiring businesses to leverage technology. Well-designed consumer-centric apps and websites serve to widen the market base, enhance consumer engagement, and boost business growth.
If you’re an enterprising business owner, you may already have several ideas to take your business a notch higher. Harnessing technology to deliver on these ideas isn’t as easy, but the right software developer can help bring them to life and accelerate your business’ digital transformation.
How to find the right software developer for your business needs
Embarking on a software development project is sure to bring up challenges along the way. To be successful, you need the right talents in your team, someone who is technology savvy, to begin with. You then need a good agency/team of software developers to deliver on his/her ideas & suggestions. Here are some of the best ways to find one:
Ask for referrals
One of the best ways to find a software development team is by reaching out to your own network. There’s a good chance that you already know someone with contacts in the software development industry to get recommendations from.
Sift through freelance platforms
There are millions of freelance software developers on various online platforms. You can filter listings by experience, location, and hourly rates to best fit your budget and project scope. For the best developers, consider searching in Toptal or Gun.io where the screening process for freelancers is very stringent.
Scout for one from agencies
Outsource your software development needs to a reliable agency. They can connect you directly to developers with the expertise you need. Ask for those who have already undertaken projects similar to yours.
Factors to consider before hiring a software developer
Aside from considering where to find them, consider these other factors when screening those who make it to your shortlist.
Credentials and experience
Verify their credentials and assess their expertise. Check their websites or go through their portfolio to see the scope of their experience in the industry. Ensure that they are up to date with the latest technologies.
Reputation in the industry
Someone with years of experience will have built a reputation with previous clients and their network. Go through social media and online forums to see how dependable and trustworthy a developer is from their clients’ perspective.
Commitment to a project
A software developer must be as committed as you are to the success of the project. Ask previous clients how passionate and devoted the developer was to their projects. Their dedication to past projects would likely carry over to future ones.
While the technical aspect is significant, also consider the personality of a software developer. Schedule a consultation to meet them personally or via video conferencing to see whether they fit your company culture.