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Mar 14, 2022

Hiring A Web Or Software Developer: 5 Questions To Ask

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Hiring the right web or software developer for your growing business is not an easy task, especially if you’re looking to enhance or build a custom software solution. With so many options available, it can be difficult to determine which developer is the best fit for your business.

In this article, we will discuss some tips on how to choose the right web or software developer(s) for your needs.

Do They Know the Technology You’re Using?

One of the best ways to determine if a web or software developer is right for your project is by asking them about their experience with the technology you want to use. If they’re not familiar with it, it’s likely that they won’t be able to help you build what you have in mind. This is especially important when working on fully custom web or software projects.

You can check if a developer is skilled with a particular coding language or technology by carefully reviewing their previous projects. Explore their portfolio to determine the technology stack used most often. Ask the developer-specific questions about what they did on the project to better gauge their understanding and level of experience.

Do They Have a Solid Plan of Execution?

In order to make sure that you’re hiring the right web or software developer, they should be able to not only talk about their past experiences and what they know but also offer creative ideas for your project.

Ideally, a web or software developer will want to sit down with you and discuss the project in detail before offering an estimate. They should be able to listen and clearly define the problems your business is facing, then offer up technical solutions that make sense for your needs. Be wary of a developer that isn’t asking a lot of questions about your project because that means they are either not invested, or they don’t have the experience you require to handle the job.

Can They Provide a Full Technical Scope?

In order to avoid any surprises down the road, it’s important that you receive a full technical scope of work from your web or software developer before starting the project. This document should outline everything that will be done during the project and what is expected of both parties.

Do They Have a Testing Plan?

This testing plan should outline how the developer intends to test the project during each stage of development and what type of tests they will perform. This is important because it shows that the developer is thinking about the quality of the project and is taking measures to ensure that it meets your standards.

Can They Give You Access to the Codebase?

If you’re paying for a web or software development project, you should have full access to the codebase throughout the duration of the project. This is especially important if you’re working with a solo freelancer because if that individual ever disappears from the project suddenly, you’ll still be able to onboard someone new.

Check out our full article on hiring a web or software developer to get more insights and questions to ask!

With 9+ years of experience in marketing and creative writing, Mel keeps his finger on the pulse of online trends and leverages storytelling as the driving force that sways the modern consumer into a loyal fan. He's worked with national brands like Audioengine USA, Kidokinetics, and Boardworks Education on marketing, design, and content writing efforts. With a bachelor’s in creative writing and journalism, the art of storytelling takes a front seat to all marketing efforts. Mel has written for encore magazine, Lumina News, and Writer's Hive Media.

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