Web development is an incredibly competitive industry. Chances are, your spam folder is loaded with “SEO specialist 1st place on google” related emails from developers all around the world… That’s just the nature of the industry – it’s congested.
We work with creative agencies all the time who need experienced, professional development services for their clients’ web design projects, but we also see a handful of creative agencies and businesses who,
honestly should’ve thought through a few things carefully before pursuing outsourced web development.
If you are taking on a new client and need web development services, these are a few things you should consider:
Don’t Chase Low Priced Vendors
Want to respond to all those emails in your spam folder? Be our guest! But when it comes to web development, we suggest you don’t mess with low-priced, inexperienced developers.
Think about it – you are trusting a development company with the security and success of your client’s project. You may have dreamed up the ideal design and marketing concept, but your developer is 100% in charge of making it functional, safe, and ultimately, successful. A low-priced developer often won’t have the experience necessary to get projects done in a reasonable amount of time and may end up delivering faulty projects without the expertise to fix issues.
This is a super popular question amongst creative agencies – is it ok to work with development agencies overseas?
We get where the question comes from! Obviously, there are more developers abroad than in the U.S., and it can be difficult to decide whether or not you can trust/rely on overseas partners. If that’s the boat you’re currently in, here are a few things to consider:
There is no problem with having an overseas developer work on your projects, but it is incredibly helpful to have a U.S.-based project manager on the development team. You need someone who’s available at the same hours as you to communicate with, as well as someone who can translate your creative goals into key tasks and deliverables for the overseas developers. Creatives think differently than developers, and that communication channel can get difficult if you don’t have an expert to serve as a “bridge” between the two.
This is the exact reason KudosCode was formed – we serve as a bridge between the right and left brain. We help to translate Creative Agencies’ goals into actionable and deliverable steps for our developers.
There are a lot of different ways to code web applications and other development projects. Some make it easy to scale in the long-run, and others… well, not so much. The current stance and forecasted future growth of your web application need to be known up front by your developer.
Remember, development isn’t just a one-time deal. If your developer knows the long-term goals of your project, but you’re not ready to invest more time and resources than you currently have available, you can start small and scale as you go. Lay out a bit of a road-map on where you expect to be in the next couple of years with your web application and talk with your developer about how it can be broken down into various different “stages”. This can make web development projects more efficient, organized, and goal-oriented in the long-run.