The journey of hiring the right developer for your project can be a rough one. In recent times the technology has developed so much with so many variations that it might seem like finding a needle in a haystack.
Where to begin? What type of development should you go for? How to know if you’re getting the correct value for your budget? Should you hire an agency or individual developers? So many questions, even more answers. It’s easy to get confused.
But that’s why we’re here.
We have worked with hundreds of clients from all walks of business. Over the years, with our growing experience, we have developed a keen understanding of what people need to look for to hire the right developer.
Here’s our checklist.
Hiring an agency vs individual developers
Whether you are going to start a simple or complex project, getting started is never easy. The outcome of the project largely depends on who you will choose as your partner along the way. Some might find themselves in a dilemma about who to hire – individual developers or agencies. But to us, it’s pretty straightforward.
If you are a busy individual and have a lot on your plate, most probably you don’t have the time to micromanage a development project. In such a case, hiring an agency is the best choice for you. Expert agencies like IPOINT INT will provide you with one-stop-shop services, covering all aspects of your projects such as conceptualization, back and forth discussions with idea generation and expert suggestions, design and development, post-production support, monthly maintenance and more. Also not to mention the long-lasting value, trust and years of experience you will get from a well-coordinated team.
On the other hand, if you wish to choose individual freelance developers, you really need to know what skills you are looking for and invest time in managing and coordinating the team. Also, you may need to separately hire UI/UX designers, graphics designers, content writers etc.
The right developer communicates effectively
A developer can be highly skilled and experienced, but it’s not going to matter much without proper collaboration. That’s why hiring the right developer means getting someone who is willing to not only work but also properly collaborate with you. Here’s what you should expect –
- Thorough conversation
- Timely response
- Graphical/written presentations
- Hands-on demonstrations
- A clear roadmap of the whole process
- Initial budget and deadline
Receiving such a response is also an indication that the agency can provide you with developers who know what they are talking about, and can ensure you the desired outcome.
Check out portfolios and references
Skilled development agencies have a rich portfolio and a long list of references, and will encourage you to check them out. By checking their portfolios you can experience the quality of their work first-hand and determine whether their work is fitting for you or not. Here are a few things you should ask for –
- Projects completed in recent times
- Project details – descriptions, process, inspirations etc.
- Projects that best match your requirements. An exact match is not necessary, but it should be somewhere around the ballpark
- End result achieved from the project
- Recommendations from previous clients
The right developer provides a flexible pricing structure
The right developer should be flexible to work with both hourly rates and fixed prices, to best fit your needs and the nature of the project. At IPOINT INT, we work with both hourly rates and fixed prices, depending on what makes sense. If we believe in a project, we also work by lowering our fees drastically against equity.
“Our extensive experience allows us the comfort and feel-safe factor to be confident enough in providing sterling quality for a reasonable price without imposing limitations on revisions and changes.”– Antoine Vella, CEO, IPOINT INT
When working on a fixed price basis, some agencies and developers might limit the number of revisions, but not us. We welcome revisions on both fixed and hourly fee structures and take it as a general indication of moving forward.
Overall, make sure to look for an agency that prioritises quality, doesn’t give rushed deliveries and allows the scope for revisions and changes.
If you have decided to hire a web development agency, we can help! IPOINT INT houses not only a team of expert web developers and designers but also great illustrators and animators, content creators, digital marketers, event managers and more so you can have a convenient all-in-one service for your business. Let’s talk!