Hiring a software developer, either for on-going or individual products, can be a difficult process for businesses, particularly those that lack specialist IT knowledge and those who are either start-up or small businesses. We’ve put together some tips below to help get you started and some things which you should consider when hiring a software developer. You can get a detailed search of software developers best suited to your business needs by filling out the form above and let Expert Market UK search online for the best results for your needs.
Hiring a software developer
What is a software developer?
A software develop offers a complete software service – from researching and designing the software through to implementing and testing it to ensure that it performs as it should for clients. Most software developers can offer services across multiple operating platforms, including Windows and MAC. Whilst most software developers are able to create and utilise code for programming, they are mainly concerned with the overview of the software, and perhaps would leave the more basic programming tasks to a programmer.
Why would a business need a software developer?
Businesses who offer bespoke products to their clients could find themselves in need of specialist software in order to do so. Or it could be that specific software is needed in order to manage internal business activities such as Content Management Systems, database systems and more. Most businesses, particularly small and start-up businesses will lack the resources and knowledge to be able to develop their own software and those without specialist software and technology departments may find it more useful to employ the services of an external software development agency.
What skills should a software developer have?
Software developers will have a range of technological skills, be experts at using computers as well as being able to think strategically and logically. They should be able to identify problems and come up with ways to solve them (by developing the relevant software), they should be experts at using various programming languages as well as how to use them to write code, and most importantly – they should be good communicators. Being able to understand the needs of the client and communicating details of the project in a way that they can understand is incredibly important and ensures that both sides are satisfied with what their role is and leave less room for mistakes.
How can I find software developers?
As their work is mostly involved with dealing with computers, the easiest place to find software developers is online. You could employ a web development or services agency who could also offer software development or even try the freelance route. Using search engines like Expert Market is one way to find the details for software developers, that can be matched to your location and budget. There are specialist freelance websites which allow people to advertise projects which are then open to bids which can help businesses stay within their budgets and choose the best developers for their needs.
Another effective way of finding a software developer is to ask your friends and colleagues for recommendations or even to research the developers of a software programme which is similar to what you’re looking for.
How much can I expect to pay a software developer?
Software developers will offer rates based on a number of factors, including their experience and skills but it will mostly depend on the size of your project. On average, you can expect to pay up to £50 an hour for software development with even basic packages taking a long time to create. Making sure that you research a software developers fees and obtaining complete service quotes is important for business to know what they’re paying upfront.
What services does the fee include?
A software developer’s fees should include every aspect of the service, from researching the software product, identifying what needs to be done as well as actually creating the software. Most importantly, a software developers’ rate should include time for testing and adjustments, making sure that they are willing to complete all of this before handing you the finished product. They should also include aftercare and support to ensure that you can resolve any problems or errors that may occur with the software after completion.
Anything else I need to know?
When hiring a software developer, you should make sure that they have reputable backgrounds, with testimonials from clients that can be checked out. You should find out what they were like to work with, whether they were worth the money paid and whether they could complete the project on time. Meeting with a potential software developer face to face is one of the best ways to find out if they’re the right provider for you and should ensure that you feel comfortable that they understand your requirements and can provide a clear outline of how they’re going to get there.
Make sure that you schedule regular progress reports and updates in order to see how your project is developing and to enable you to address any errors which you may encounter along the way. A good brief, with a clear idea of what it is you are looking for will provide the software developer with everything they need to provide the best job for your business.
Hopefully the guide above has given you some valuable insight and things to consider when hiring a software developer, in order to provide the most informed and cost effective solution for your business. Software developers possess highly developed skills to enable them to complete bespoke software tasks successfully and therefore it is important to ensure that you know what you’re looking for and how best to find it. Expert Market UK can offer you a detailed search for software developers based on your business’ individual requirements. Simply fill out the form at the top of the page with details such as your project size, your location and your budget and Expert Market UK will return the best suited providers for you.