How to Hire Web Developers and Software Programmers

You may have a project plan, know your budget and time-to-market and looking for web developers and software programmers. In this scenario, where shall you find them, how much the personnel will charge you, how come you trust them whether they can perform well or not. Lets find the ultimate solution to overcome these challenges in the hiring process.

Research has shown that hiring web development firm is better than hiring individual contributors for software development overall as the former one ensures team performance, work relationship and quality output.

If you want to do smaller projects that can be performed alone without assistance, you can go for individual contributors. If you want to do mediocre or bigger projects that needs graphic designer, HTML programmers, database programmers and others who can accomplish the project as a team, you can choose a development firm.

The employee you hire today may work for your competitor tomorrow. In that case, there are possibilities that he/she may leek out your confidential information. To avoid this it is always good to pick a development firm instead of solo contributors and implement advanced trade secret protection program.

Most of the web developers today are interested in hourly based payment than flat fee. So clarify with the pricing policies and the payment terms.

Limit employees access to trade secrets, beef up physical security and computer security, restrict photocopying, oversee documents before shared in the community and inform your employees about non-disclosure agreement.

The budget of project depends on who hire and what you develop. If you are an experienced hirer and have management skills, you can hire freelancers in different core and manage the project yourself. In case you are not able to oversee the development process, better hire full-time employees who can work as a group of dedicated experts.

Top Ten Frustrations For the Web Developer

In recent weeks I have met web developers who have just finished the most difficult project of their life. I have met others who have an enthusiastic spring in their step. They have just begun a new project! The former group just finished “surviving” some very large frustration. The latter group may be a little naive (or have forgotten) about the challenges ahead of them.

Here are the Top Ten Frustrations for Web Developers

  1. Lack of Requirements – We have all been there. A client wants you to build the most glamorous website in the world, but can’t put down on paper the specifics. They use generic words like marvelous and stupendous but cannot define for you how they want the drop down menus to look.
  2. Changing Requirements – Everyone changes their mind. But how much is too much? Does your current requirements document resemble anything close to the original? Chasing the wind is the most brutal exercise you can put yourself through.
  3. Designers who do not know what goes into coding – Most people do not realize that designers and developers are different. Designers do an excellent job with color and placement. They offer creativity and spontaneity. But do they realize what they are actually saying when they hand over the design and say those ominous words: “Build This!”. Anything can look great in a PSD. It is quite another to make it functional.
  4. Somersaults trying to make the CSS work – CSS is a wonderful tool for styling websites. Has anyone wanted to put their fist through the monitor over wacky behavior in their CSS file? How bout when that CSS file was written by someone else? Yeah.
  5. Pride in work Overwritten by customer complaint – Just like a little child with a new toy, you come to the user meeting with all enthusiastic thrill over the work you have toiled over the last three weeks. The meeting ends when your clients have spent the last sixty minutes criticizing your beautiful creation.
  6. Unrealistic Timelines – Similar to number three. But add, “Build This, in two weeks.” Yeah. Right. Timelines are legitimate. They help people focus. They help us make decisions. Unrealistic timelines put unfair stress and burden on individuals. Plus the end product will usually look horrible.
  7. Overforgiving Bosses – Ever have a boss so lax that he wouldn’t even hold you to a deadline? Or even hold users accountable for creating all that wonderful content for the snazzy new website? Is that person really a boss?
  8. Overbearing Bosses – On the other hand, having your boss in your cube either wrenching his hands over the status of your work or worse, micromanaging it, just might make you want to quit.
  9. Competing visions – Two super users. One design document. Two competing visions. Not fun. It is funny how two people seem to agree to something on paper but in reality have two incompatible visions of the final product. (hint: mockups help here!)
  10. The wrong tools – Ever spin your wheels trying to resize images or find that one line of code in pages of HTML? Sometimes the problem is not you. It is the tools you are using. Take time to find the right tools to help you accomplish your tasks effectively and efficiently.

Outsourcing Web Development Offshore Can Save You Money

You know that you need to have your website developed, but you’re not quite sure where to start. You want your business to stand out on the World Wide Web, but IT resources in the U.S. can be quite expensive especially if you want a site that looks very professional.

If this sounds familiar, it may be time to consider hiring an offshore web development company. Here are some benefits to going this route, as well as some online resources you can use to find more information.

First, and perhaps most importantly, offshore web development is almost always cheaper for your business. In most cases, you can request to have the same software development done along with website design for your business for a fraction of the cost that you would pay a U.S. company.

Because countries in Europe, Philippines, India, or parts of Asia have a different economic system than the U.S. you can pay for the same services from an international company and still have plenty of money in your business accounts for paying for additional marketing efforts. Outsourcing will even help you to save money so that you can move your business to a new location.

Offshore web development will help you to make your business more globally attractive as well. The more you work with companies outside of the U.S. the more you and your employees will become accustomed to the business practices and customs of professionals all around the world.

International business ventures may also help when it comes to learning a new language, which always makes your business more appealing even in the U.S. The offshore web development company that you choose may also be able to translate your company’s website in more than one language, so that you can ship your products to countries all around the world.

The website development company should also be able to adjust the currency and ‘shopping cart’ features on your site, so that customers can pay for the good or services you offer easily. Outsourcing web development will also help with your overall productivity. If you’re able to save money on the services you’re providing to the public, you’ll be able to put more money into the business itself.

This also means that you’ll be able to give your employees realistic job functions, and you won’t have to place too much responsibility on one department. This tends to be a common downfall of small businesses. When your employees are happy at work and are able to use the outsourcing services effectively you’ll enjoy more company loyalty and your business will grow sooner than you think.