How to Find the Best Software Developer for Your Business

Okay, so you’ve got that killer software idea that you’re sure will take your business to the next level. Maybe you’ve thought about it for a while and now you’re finally ready to get things rolling. Great! But who do you turn to? You’ll need a software developer. But finding the right software developer can be tricky. Where do you even start? There are literally tens of thousands of companies out there who can promise you the moon. But which one is right for you? Which one will be able to take your idea and make it happen?

Before you get ahead of yourself, make sure you’ve thought your idea through and can walk someone else through it. Finding the right developer begins with you. It’s about where you see your project and your business 5 years from now and beyond. Start by asking yourself these important questions.

How serious are you about this idea?

Developing custom software takes time, energy, and money. It’s not like something that you might order from another vendor. For example, if you order a fleet of custom trucks, you may have a list of pre-designed options or features that work with the original truck design. With custom software you are, in essence, starting from scratch. Your project may actually be more complex than you realize and demand more of your time than you’re willing to give. Your ideal software developer should help you work through these aspects of the project and guide you through the options.

Is this project even possible?

And if it is, are you willing to ride the wave of unforeseen issues or problems that could come up? The more difficult the project, the more chance for setbacks that will need to be resolved before moving forward. These are the types of things a good software developer will explore with you—things you may not have thought of. They should be willing and able to uncover things, good and bad, to make your idea possible and even better than the original idea.

Does your idea have legs?

Will this amazing idea take your business where you want it to go? Will this finished product help meet your business goals? It’s one thing to think of a new way to keep inventory, but quite another to think of a revolutionary idea that will turn your industry upside down. If improving your inventory process is all you really want to do, then maybe an off-the-shelf solution will work. But if this new idea will give you an advantage and have your competitors drooling at the mouth, then your project may carry more weight than you realize.

What’s the value?

How do you determine the true value? Knowing how this new software concept will work once it’s developed is only the beginning. Think bigger and ask yourself the “what-if questions.” What if it could transform my business? What if it could improve my customer’s experience? Why limit yourself to exploring only one option for your project. A trusted software developer will help you to explore the possibilities. It’s just as important for your software developer to see the potential value of this new project and where it can take you.

What about ROI?

It’s not enough to stand in the glow of a great new app or simply save 10 seconds per business transaction. Your new software should do more. It should help save you money or even create new revenue. After all, you’re making an investment on your idea. And just like any other business investment, you should consider whether it will at least pay for itself. Determining ROI will need cost estimates from your software developer, who should be willing to work with you to determine the best route.

Is your software idea part of the bigger picture?

You’ve heard the old saying, “here today, gone tomorrow.” Determining whether your concept may be just a passing fad or part of an overall vision for your company’s future is critical. It’s also important for your developer to see and understand where you plan on taking your business down the road and if this new idea will be part of its success.

Start your search.

Now that you have a handle on your brilliant idea, what about that software developer search? Where do you begin to look? This is an investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s your future and your company’s future so take care in choosing the right developer. Consider referrals. Ask others who they selected and why? Was the experience successful? Once you’ve created a short list of developers, do your homework. Take a look at their website for what they specialize in and any success stories. Check out any reviews and testimonials. Look for articles, videos, press releases, and other communication to help understand their customer philosophy and if they are a good fit for you.

Learn how Bitbean can help you in your software developer search.

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Posted by Ephraim Arnstein