Web Developers and Software Developers
Every day, businesses all over the US are searching for software developers to hire, and often come up short. The statistics are alarming; by 2021 there will be almost one million unfilled developer jobs. Companies and Universities are scrambling to introduce new computer programming classes, to fill help fill these vacancies. However, not everyone can be a great developer; it takes talent and dedication to succeed. If you have ever tried to find a developer for your business, you know how hard it can be to find qualified individuals.
With so many languages, frameworks, builders, front ends, back ends; it can all be quite confusing and overwhelming to weed through. A business owner doesn’t need to learn the intricacies of development or marketing, but they do need to know enough to ask the right questions and know what to look for. First would be to put together the specifications of your project, this will help to determine the time frame needed to complete the job, and also the skills needed to complete it.
Here are some points you need to think about when searching for the right developer:
- What are your business goals? Do you need a simple website just to display company information, or do you need a complete enterprise solution for bookings, checkout capability, forums, membership levels, and more?
- How much money do you want to invest initially? Building a website or app is the first step, and often the costliest, depending on the development methods used. However, it’s also best to invest in marketing so your new website or app is found in the searches.
- What is the time frame of your project? Some customers just need a simple website, while others will need custom functionality and complex systems.
- Where are you looking to hire a developer? Often, we are driven by price; the cheapest option gets the win. However, with development, it’s not always the best to go with the cheapest, least experienced person or company. You need your website or app to function, not constantly full or issues or crashing.
The look of your app or website is often the first impression a customer has of your business. With the increase in mobile shopping and research, almost 80% of customers research companies online before making a purchase. A good designer will ensure the look and feel of your app or website is clean, simple, and beautiful. They will also insure it has a great user friendly design, so things are easy to access and navigate through. Finding the right designer can be challenging, it’s best to see the designer’s previous work to see if they would be a good fit. Art is subjective, so finding the right designer is crucial. You also want to ensure they specialize in UX design, to ensure the layout looks good on mobile and desktop.
Front End Developer
Back End Developer
Once you have the front end and design locked down, you need a back end developer to create the database and make it all fit together. Connecting and setting up a web server, to serve all the data to your browser is the job of the back end developer. They also manage the database, where all your website data is stored, such as user info, products, ext. A back end developer uses languages such as PHP, Java, Python, or C+. They often use frameworks for quick builds and manageability, but an excellent developer can create this all from scratch. The back end developer must coordinate with the front end developer to ensure everything goes smoothly. Sometimes you will even find what’s called a full stack developer, this just means they know both front end and back end development. To find a good developer, you want to choose someone who focuses on clean code, comments everything, uses best practices (such as MVC build patterns), and uses test driven development.
Where to Hire
Sometimes it’s best to hire a developer to work in house, if you have lots of projects, or the projects are long term. Having a developer work in house is beneficial because you can easily collaborate and share ideas quickly, and also to ensure they stay on task. This is often the most expensive option though, since you will need to pay a salary, and even offer benefits in some cases, to attract the best talent.
If you think your project will be quick or of a limited scope, then hiring freelance or contact may be the best path to take. There are many freelance developers who are available to work on quick projects, fix an existing site, or just add functionality to your existing site. While you can often find freelance developers outside the US, hiring these offshore developers often come with risks, both in terms of theft and receiving sub-par code that is full of errors. We suggest you hire locally, someone you can see, meeting with, and has positive reviews in the community.
The Perfect Developer
While I don’t think the perfect developer exists, simply because no-one is perfect, it is possible to find those developers who aspire for perfection. You need someone with excellent communication skills, someone you can speak with and understand, and who responds to requests in a professional and timely manner. You need someone who is productive and can produce timely results. We all have encountered people who are bad at time management or who over-commit, be sure you select someone who can dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to your project. They also need have soft skills, to know how a business works, what thinks a business needs to succeed, corporate structure, ext. Above all, they need to be a problem solver, someone who can take your vision, and break it down into steps. They need to be able to take a large, complex problem or idea, and break it down into a step by step execution, this is the only way to ensure things flow smoothly and aren’t forgotten.
If you keep all these things in mind when you interview your next developer or agency, you are sure to find that diamond in the rough you need to take your business to next level.