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Where Can I Find a Software Development Company?

June 23, 2020

Finding a good software development company is not an easy job when there are a thousand of them out there to pick up one and all of them seem to be really similar. So, if you are facing this obstacle, then here’s a guide to select the best one! In this article, you will learn:

  • How to find a perfect partner as for software development companies and freelancers.
  • Tips to find the best software development company
  • Some recommended software development company

1. How to find a perfect partner?

a. Software development company

Review sites

Review sites are where many services providers (marketing, IT, call center, etc.) get listed and discussed. If familiar with them, high chances are that you will find the best fit software outsourcing company to execute your idea.

It’s not very difficult to discover those directories. All you need to do is google phrases like:

You might want to include several details such as year, area, type of technology, or other requirements to narrow down the list.

Goodfirms, Clutch, AppFutura, G2 are among the most popular review sites in terms of the amount of review, their seriousness in checking reviews and the large database.

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Designveloper’s Clutch profile

So how to make the best of these review sites?

First of all, be careful of sponsored lists. For example, the default list of Clutch will show many profiles of sponsors, not the highest-ranked or rated companies.

Second, do not merely rely on one directory. It’s necessary to look for reviews across the Internet. Maybe, your favorite might appear perfect on one site but there are some criticisms about it on others.

On top of that, if you just do your research on these review sites, it’s very likely that you would miss smaller powerhouses with affordable prices but still offering high-quality services.

Social networking sites/Forums

Social networking sites are not only some digital places to socialize, make friends or update news, they’re also where many software development companies compete against each other fiercely.

The reason is that social networking sites (SNS) have been a perfect marketing tool to promote services for a long time. If done right, they could be your handy assistant when searching for a partner for the next software development project.

The difference between SNSs and review sites is you can learn of one company’s culture, social events or its subjective messages to clients.

On LinkedIn (a business and employment-oriented online service), you can post requirements there and ask for suggestions from your connections. Facebook or Twitter, on the other hand, could be a place where the business is openly discussed. Besides that, you can dig in their Behance to discover agencies that have a cool portfolio.

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Designveloper’s Behance

Forums work just like SNSs but they have just a limited amount of users as well as topics compared to that from SNSs. However, many forums set up strict rules to maintain its quality so you can put your trust in the reviews here.

Asking your friends or other businesses

This approach is one of the surest ways to find a quality partner for your business whether it’s a small project or a huge deal of software development.

As Dave Markle, Seasoned Product Manager has stated: “I’m part of a few peer groups, and the first thing I do when hiring for a new project is ask my peers who they have previously worked with and recommend.”

With first-hand experience, your friends can tell you a software development company’s strengths and weaknesses that they’ve witnessed with their own eyes. This way, you can easily consider if this is the one for your business or not.

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And to succeed in such a way, a referred company must do a very good job because no one would volunteer to promote other’s brand without getting a benefit. However, it’s possible when the result turns out to be really good.

By the way, you can find out what our clients talked about us here.

Above are 3 ways to find a perfect fit software development company for your future project! Nevertheless, in case you just need to hire a few developers for some reason, here are our tips.

b. Freelance software developers?

Freelancing platforms

Freelancing platforms is a third party business that bridges freelancers and employers.

On these platforms, there are reviews on how a freelancer works so that you can choose the most suitable one for the project effortlessly. And you know what, websites like Fiverr or Upwork have millions of freelancers for you to opt for.

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On top of that, several sites also have the feature that makes freelancers bid for the job. As a result, businesses will know who can bring the most out of their project with the best rate. But mind this, it’s important to remember that price should not be your number one criterion.

Other freelancing sites you might want to take a look at are Freelancer, Guru, Hubstaff Talent, Indeed, etc.

Social networking sites

As mentioned above, social networking sites, especially LinkedIn, are where you can actively look for your dream candidate. With some keywords related to the job needing resources, freelancers come from everywhere will find and send their CVs to you.

Bonus: when hiring a freelance developer, you should also check out their Stackoverflow profile to see what kind of project he/she has worked before.

In general, finding freelancers is not a difficult task. All you need to do is carefully study CVs/resumes, portfolios and interview your candidates.

2. Tips to find the best software development company for your project

Tip 1: Have a list of criteria to consider

You will have to be clear on what your partner should be and what they will have to do for you. In case you hire a freelancer, that list is called a job description. But things will get more complicated when it’s a software outsourcing development company hunting.

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So here’s our recommended criteria you should list beforehand:

  • Project’s domain (fintech, healthcare, utility, education, etc.).
  • The purpose of your product (for marketing, for generating profit, etc.).
  • Your budget.
  • Technologies (programming language, database languages, etc.)
  • Product’s features/functions.
  • Project management framework (SCRUM, waterfall, etc.).
  • Duration.

Tip 2: Do careful research 

As mentioned earlier, there are many ways to learn more about a particular software development company: review sites, social networking sites, via friends, etc. or you can get to know them by their own website.

Furthermore, it’s also a must to check their portfolio, past and current projects and their partners and clients.

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Let’s see if it matches your listed criteria or if there is anything you like and shortlist the contenders. To be even more certain about it, just email their previous clients and get advice from them.

Tip 3: Value, experience, trust, skill over cost

Like what I’ve talked about in the first part, again, price should not be the most important factor when it comes to hiring someone or some company.

Most of the time, working with companies that offer low-price would lead to the scenario that your actual cost may be doubled or tripled the estimated amount. With this in mind, what they could do, their domain experience, their honesty and the skilled team should be prioritized.

Tip 4: Interview the development team

At the moment you have a list of 3-4 companies in hand, last but not least, let’s interview the development team, not the salesperson. You should invite a tech expert to join your interview if you have no idea about this field. He/she will help you identify the best contender.

Also, thanks to this interview, you are able to learn how good their communication skill, English skill and problem-solving skill are.

3. Some recommended software development companies

If you are tired of hunting your perfect half, here’s a list of software development companies we’ve conducted just for you. 

  • Itransition
  • Digital Silk
  • Kanda Software
  • itCraft
  • iTechArtLink
  • m7
  • Vega IT Sourcing
  • TechBear
  • Parrolabs Inc
  • Terasol Technologies
  • Apiumhub
  • CognitiveClouds
  • Designveloper
  • CredibleSoft
  • CodeRiders
  • Kroon Studio
  • Clarion Technologies
  • Idea
  • Applaudo Studios
  • Decipher Zone Software

Click here for more details about these software development companies. 😉

We hope that you can choose the best contender on your own now. Just ping us if you have any concerns or recommendations about this article. Cheer!

And in case you are looking for a software development company in Vietnam, Designveloper might be your other half. Just tell us your ideas and we will realize it for you!

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