Sometimes choosing a developer is as simple as asking a fellow business whom they use in their projects. However, other times you have to go through selection routines. Your main objective must be to create your own list of suitable developers, which conforms with your needs, and then reduce this list to your future team.
Do you really need to hire an outsourcer?
If you want your project to be completed by targeted professionals, don’t rush into digging in search engines or LinkedIn against cheap and low-qualified resources. To make sure you’re hunting for the appropriate talents according to your project requirements at a reasonable price, you need to draw a plan and make a proper research in a few steps:
- Identify your needs. Create a small document where you can specify all the basic characteristics, features, and business requirements.
- Research the market against the similar solution. This will help you better outline what features, UI elements, or design patterns you want to use in your future app. Sometimes, the research stops at this stage, whilst you feel the need of proper business consultancy, so you omit the following steps and go straight to finding business analytic across the outsourcing portals.
- Review your resources, scope, and budget. If you’re a non-tech company & don’t know how to outsource software development, just start straight away with an offshore company and deliver your project idea. Your vendor should go with a comprehensive business research, conduct proof of concept and suggest appropriate solution.
However, if you have your own IT team, it won’t hurt you to evaluate their competency to build your project and decide whether you need to augment your team or hire a full pool of developers. Your budget limits will affect the choice of the platform to post your project – more details will be covered below.
- Evaluate the options. Once you made up your mind on hiring external resources, it’s time to post a project on the net. The journey starts from the multiple platforms for hiring software developers – some of them offer freelance individuals or teams, others give you an opportunity to select from top talents at a time-proven company. Let’s walk through the most popular portals offering software developers.
How to evaluate the potential vendor?
Now that you decided to augment your team with someone from the outside of your company, the next step is to identify the details. Regardless of the platform where you are going to look for the potential software vendors, there are some common challenges and considerations for outsourcing: