Let’s assume that you run a business. Work from home or a swanky office in the CBD – At some point, you would be looking to scale up and developing a custom app is your next plan of action. Where do you even begin? Is there even a need? And is it worth the investment?
In the modern world, I.T services have quickly become a necessity for running a successful business, meaning the demand for such services has sky-rocketed in recent years. According to Statista, the worldwide population of Software developers is set to hit 28.7 million people by 2024. While this figure seems like a lot, in the grand scheme of things it’s still very difficult to find a developer that suits your individual business needs and even harder to find one that’s on the same page as you when it comes to app development and your business’ expectations.
There are roughly 13,860 apps made by Australian publishers on “Google Play” out of 3,085,210 apps, with a representation of less than 1%, meaning that the Aussie market is still relatively behind on the rest of the world when it comes to apps, making it the perfect time for small to medium sized businesses to invest in software development.
Different types of Software developers and where to find them!
Self-employed developers that are not tied to any organisation. These developers are perfect for small tasks such as creating landing pages or UI/UX design. There are freelance developers that develop apps as well, but depending on the quality and detail required this could take a very long time for one person to manage, meaning you would need to hire more than one which could slowly add to the costs as hiring freelancers can be quite expensive, especially on a full-time basis. While the overall costs may end up less than hiring an entire developer team, project management falls on you and can end up being quite tricky, especially if you aren’t well-versed.
Software development companies, like ourselves, house a team of specialists, like front-end and back-end developers, business analysts, DevOps engineers, project managers. Each specialist focuses on one area of expertise and grows accordingly. Outsourcing companies work on all kinds of tasks, from adding functionality to pre-existing software, or entire development of an application from scratch.
Specialists can help formulate a plan and develop an app even if all you have is an idea. Most companies provide regular meetings and demos to help keep clients in the loop, creating a seamless process that is mutually beneficial, making sure any “wrong-turns” are instantly corrected.
While this is probably the best option most businesses could choose, it isn’t a viable option for most small to medium sized companies, purely due to the cost. Recruitment ends up falling on you, and if you’re not well-versed in IT, this could prove to be a nightmare as you’re not sure what to look for when it comes to hiring.
What do you choose for your business?
At the end of the day, every business has different requirements. It’s probably best that you weigh the pros and cons of each option and decide accordingly. Freelancers can be found on plenty of websites and often provide a free quote if you know what you’re looking for, the same can be said for outsourced companies. Before we delve into the options available to you, there definitely is a checklist that must be addressed to best come up with a plan.
Questions to ask yourself
- What kind of developer am I looking for? Freelance, Outsourced, Inhouse
- What kind of app am I interested in developing? Mobile, Web, or both?
- What is my budget for this app, and how much wiggle room will I have for additional expenses that may arise along the way
Questions to ask the developer
- How much experience do you have developing apps in my industry?
- Do you have similar software solutions to what I require in your current portfolio?
- Can you stay within my budget?
- What is your track record of working to timelines agreed upon during the scoping phase?
- Are extensions regularly needed in cases where there is no scope creep from the client?
Once you have a clearer understanding of your requirements, it becomes easier to make a decision on what kind of developer you are going to choose.
How does outsourcing benefit your business?
Outsourcing has often gotten a bad reputation as most people associate it with call centres in a foreign country. When it comes to software development however, it’s worth shopping local. With globalisation being a constant driving factor in the world today, the rates you find overseas aren’t much different than those you’d find at home.
You stand to increase your business’ efficiency by focusing on your core competencies while leaving the digital implementation of the work process to an external company.
Where do we go from here?
If you found this article helpful and have made a decision to go with the options above, a quick google search will most likely help guide you in the right direction. There are heaps of freelance websites available and most are very user friendly.
If you’ve decided to go with outsourcing, why not consider contacting us?
LocalTeam Australia is a team of highly experienced IT specialists, with a focus on developing custom software solutions for you, so get in touch with us and let us guide you towards a better future for your business.