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Red Alert! Is that Software Developer Right for You?

Pratham MittalPratham Mittal

In a previous article, we covered some important factors you should consider when looking for a reliable software developer. In continuation to that, here are some red flags you should watch out for when sorting through various profiles.

If you spot any of these, you should know that something is probably not right. Proceed with caution and double check everything the developer tells you before you make the final decision.

Very Low Quotes: If the budget is too good to be true, it probably isn’t. Why is the service provider charging below market rates? Will you have to pay for it later with poor quality and delays? Don’t fall for low prices. Make sure you know what you’re signing up for. Consult the budget chart below (image to be added) that gives you a rough idea of what developers charge for their services around the world.

No Portfolios: While some clients may have non-disclosures signed, development firms should have something to show for their work. That is the only way you’ll be able to judge the quality of their work and decide if it’s on the line of what you’re looking for. Also, avoid making these mistakes that are common to first timers to the whole process of outsourcing software development.

Judging a book by its cover: Do not judge a development firm by the savvy nature of their sales counterparts or the hairstyle of the CEO. Go beyond the bells and whistles and evaluate them based on the quality of their work, their track record, and feedback from their clients.

Going with the lowest bidder: Like I always say, if you pay peanuts, you get peanuts. Go with the team that can do the job the best, not for the lowest price. The low price today will bite later with bug issues and scalability problems. You may just need to rebuild that whole app again.In the end, I’d like to say that you shouldn’t be in any hurry to make up your mind, no matter how urgent the project might be. Do your fact checking, speak to previous customers, ask all the right questions, and then decide what you want to do.

For more advice on software development outsourcing , download our Ebook Outsourcing 101. The outsourcing tips you find inside prepares you for the entire process and makes sure you are able to outsource software development without any major hurdles.

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Pratham Mittal is a Co-Founder at VenturePact and an angel Investor to B2B tech start-ups. He is passionate about globalization, outsourcing, and technology.