Choosing the right partner for your business can be stressful. Even if it's just deciding which company you should work with on a specific project - like building an app or improving your software systems. And, if the project is in an area you're not familiar with, you might not even know where to start. Do they tick the right boxes? Do their values align with yours?
Here are a few common mistakes people make when choosing their software development partner...
Useful tips on how to choose the right software development company for you
Don't just go for the cheapest option
It might be tempting, especially if your business is relatively new and you're trying to keep costs low. But, as with anything, if you want something done properly, it's going to cost money. And software development requires expert knowledge and valuable time spent making the project perfect. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Do your own research to find out about the going rate, or chat to your potential software partner about their pricing breakdown.
Don't skip out on doing your own research
And this includes everything from price points to development technology. If you're going to partner on a project, you should know what you're getting in to. Especially if you're outsourcing. Take time to look into the company as a whole. What are their values? What are some of their past projects? Can you get hold of previous clients to ask them about their experience? There's no such thing as asking too many questions or doing too much research.
Don't underestimate the importance of communication
Author and aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh said, “Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” And she was right. After chatting to your software development company and brainstorming ideas, you should be inspired and excited. So many projects can get derailed because of bad communication between the developer and the entrepreneur. Don't let that happen.
And, if you're worried, ask the company about their communication methods to see how they're going to keep you updated. It's also on you to reciprocate and be clear about your specifications and desires.
Don't ignore new technology and trends
Software development is one of the few industries that's constantly brimming with new innovations and technology. Obviously, not everyone can be a tech trends guru, but if you're partnering on a new project it's useful to be in the know. And, you'll be able to tell if the company you're working with is keeping up to date. That's crucial.
Don't ignore your gut
The fifth and final piece of advice. Even after all the research, after asking and answering myriad important questions, after making calls and checking credentials, it's still essential to go with your gut. Sometimes you don't know if a company is totally right for you, but you'll know when they're wrong. And, once you've found the right partner, the whole project becomes that much more stimulating and exciting.