Custom software don’t come cheap, it is a huge investment especially for small and middling businesses. So, you need to be very careful about who you are hiring. If they mess up the first time, it might not be possible for you to start over with a new company. And even if you could, you would still have lost a significant chunk of money. For a start up or even an established midsized business, such a loss can be something that they might never come back from.
Look for developers in your area
You can hire a custom software development company from any part of the world as most of the work is done online nowadays. However, there are perks to hiring a company that you can approach directly in case of problems. On the flip side hiring someone local might mean that you are forced to settle for a less talented company, so you need to weigh your options carefully and decide which is more important for you. Also, outsourcing often seems to be a cheaper option.
Get quotes from multiple companies
For most businesses, it’s very hard to spare money, especially if it’s a new business. So, you obviously want to get your software at as low a price as possible. But that being said, lowest price shouldn’t be your only criteria for choosing a developer. Reputed custom software development company might charge a little more than a newly launched start up, but it will probably be worth spending the extra money if you get better quality software. So, get quotes from 3 or 4 companies to test the waters.
Conduct background checks
Find out as much information as you can about the software development company that you want to hire. Read reviews, complains and every other bit of info you can find. Call or email them directly and ask them for references of their previous clients. A good company with satisfied customers will have no reason to evade you. They will gladly provide you the information you are asking for.
Are they good to work with?
The job of the software development company doesn’t end once the software is delivered to you. It is actually a long term partnership as the company will be responsible for maintenance and updating of the software. So, you need a company that you are comfortable to work with.