How to hire a software developer

June 8, 2023

By Laura Crossan, Marketing Coordinator

Get who gets you.

It might sound a bit cheesy, but deep down, it’s the honest truth. When you’ve finally got that brilliant app idea ready to take flight, it becomes crucial to be discerning about whom you place your trust in. You don’t want to overlook any vital aspects, and that’s why it’s essential to take a few significant measures to ensure you avoid any potential blind spots. So, let’s dive right into it.

The Vetting Process

  1. Check the development agency’s portfolio. 

See if you can find some examples of projects they’ve tackled in the past that are similar to yours. That way, you’ll get a good sense of their skills and the top-notch work they can dish out.

  1. Dig into those reviews and testimonials. 

They hold the key to unlocking valuable insights into how the agency operates. You will get a glimpse of their responsiveness to client needs, their work ethic, and even if they managed to deliver projects on time and within budget. It’s like having a backstage pass to the real deal.

  1. Put on your detective hat and evaluate their technical skills. 

Make sure the agency you’re eyeing has the expertise in the specific technologies required to bring your app to life. Don’t be shy to ask about their experience with programming languages, databases, and all those nifty tools that will play a crucial role in the development process. It’s your chance to separate the tech-savvy wizards from the mere muggles.

  1. Communication is the absolute game-changer for project success.

You want to ensure that the agency has a solid plan in place for keeping you in the loop throughout the development process. Don’t hesitate to ask them about their preferred communication channels and how frequently they can expect project updates. Here’s the deal: Trust and transparency are the name of the game. Look for an agency that commits to at least weekly check-ins, where they walk the talk and deliver what they promise. It’s all about building that rock-solid foundation of trust.

  1. Get down to development.

You want to learn all about their development process and get a clear picture of how they handle things. Don’t hold back – ask them all about their project management approach, how they keep things organized and on track. Do not overlook testing and quality assurance. Ask about the rigorous processes they have in place to ensure your app is top-notch and bug-free.

  1. Check their pricing and contract terms.

Get a good grasp of their pricing structure, payment terms, what exactly is included in that contract, and keep an eye out for any potential additional costs that might sneak up on you. 

  1. Ask for references.

Don't hesitate to ask the agency for references from their previous clients. It’s like tapping into a gold mine of information. By hearing from those who have walked the path before you, you’ll gain a crystal-clear understanding of how the agency operates and the kinds of results they can deliver.

By taking these steps, you can make an informed decision about which agency to choose.

Want to dive a bit deeper?

Check out these 47 Software Development Statistics, Trends and Insights from Stefan Shultz over at DDIY. 

In addition to some pretty awesome stats, Shultz dissects the following questions: How big is the software development market? What does the future hold in this space? How many software developers are there in the world? How long does a typical software development project take and how much does it cost? 

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