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Software Dev - Issue #6 - Finding a Developer

There’s nothing scarier than the thought of bringing your coveted software or app idea to a developer
Issue #6  •  February 26  •  View online  •  Suggest a link
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Software Development
Curated resources for entrepreneurs who want to design, launch and market software or apps for their business.
There’s nothing scarier than the thought of bringing your coveted software or app idea to a developer only to have it stolen, poorly executed or (worst) paid for and not executed at all. You might think “with a contract in place, that would never happen.” Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
After reading these 8 interviews with seasoned business leaders, where they speak openly about bungled projects and investments lost, it’s clear that doing research to find the right development partner is crucial to the success of your software development endeavor, and it can be challenging to find the right fit.
This week, we’re focusing on resources to help you find a developer you can count on.
Identify Your Goals
First, it’s important to consider what type of developer is right for your project and your business goals.
Do you want to bring on someone who is onshore or offshore? Freelancers or an agency? A no-code platform?
Each path will have its pros and cons—some will require a smaller budget, others have a wider range of expertise—so take a closer look at what’s involved with each and decide what’s most important for your project.
Finding a Developer
Once you’ve decided on the type of developer you want to bring onto your project, it’s time to find the perfect match.
Ask around in your network, and use these tips to guide your search. If no one that you know seems to be the right fit, consider turning to one of these platforms that can connect you to a freelance developer who suits your needs.
Asking Questions & Doing Due Diligence
Before making a final decision, it’s important that you ask the right questions of your developer candidate. Also, be sure to contact their references and take a look at their past projects.
You’ll also want to create a contract that goes into explicit (and painfully minute) detail about the deliverables that you expect out of the project for the agreed upon price. The more vague your contract, the more you open yourself up to overpay for something that doesn’t meet your needs. Take the time to do your up-front strategy work, user research and user flows so that you have a really solid idea of what you are asking, and paying, for someone to build.
Want a step-by-step guide? I recommend checking out this list, which walks you through the entire process of choosing a developer who will deliver a successful final product. Good luck, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
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