You’ve had the idea that custom software development is something you’d like to explore. So how do you go about starting to choose someone to work on this for you?
We’ve put together a few tips to help you get your thoughts in line.
This will help you and any potential partners understand what is feasible and the scale of the expected build. Usually, the budget would be attributed on a monthly basis, but some developers may charge on a per-project basis.
Would a freelancer fit the bill, or is your company looking for an agency to partner with? The latter typically means a wider skill set of tools and knowledge from across a team, as well as offering peace of mind with the “what if he got hit by a bus?” scenario. You could try approaching a few companies or individuals and finding out a little more about them and how they work.
What have they worked on previously? Is there a variety of features? Is there anything that sounds similar to what you’re looking for? It doesn’t particularly matter if they’ve worked across different industries, but if your idea relates to a similar feature they’ve already worked on, you’ll find it’s a little easier on both sides.
What issue causes you the most pain? That’s generally a great place to start with any plans you’re making.
This could be via a meeting, via a special platform, or just as a list via email or Slack.
For you, for others on your team, for your IT department or other useful third parties that it may be easier to contact directly.
Most developers and agencies will talk you through the above steps during your initial meeting(s), so most importantly, consider whether you’d like to work with them on a personal level. Similar to an interview with a new employee - can you see yourself spending time with those people, and does the company share similar values to yours? Do you want to partner with them?
To find out more about what it’s like working with Switchplane and to solve some common FAQs, check out our Welcome page.
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