I recently moved to LA and was in desperate need of a car. I knew I wanted a cute small car because I am petite and feel comfortable in a small vehicle. I did my research and found that Mini Coopers were pretty reliable..and British…that’s a bonus…represent! I looked on Craigslist for hours to find myself a Mini Cooper. I wanted to make sure it had low miles, no problems and within my price range. I eventually found one at an amazing price and great quality, I just had to do my research.
The same research can be done in the software industry. You should really look around for the best quality at the best price, not just go for the cheapest thing without looking into it. There are some companies that charge a low price per hour. For example if you outsource web development work to India they may quote you a pretty low price but how much work are they really doing? Unless you have done some much-needed research you will not know how much quality work is being done, or how experienced the developer is. How good are they with estimates to actuals? Are they hitting deadlines? All these factor into price vs. value
In order to make sure you are getting good value for money, do your research. When I am looking for a new haircut, a good restaurant or a new masseuse, I will use yelp and read all the reviews before making my decision. These days it’s just common sense, the technology is there to use freely so I use it! You can do the same in the software industry. Well I am not sure how many software professionals you will find on Yelp but I do have other solutions.
You can look into client testimonials, you will most likely find these on the companies website, or on one sheets they have sent out. Look at sample work products and case studies. If they are a reputable company they will have a website where all of this is readily available.
When looking into a company you are going to want to see how good they are at estimating to actual price. You want to know that the price is not going to suddenly shoot up during the middle of a project. You can find out this type of information by contacting past clients. This way you will also get first hand information, such as: were they enjoyable to work with? Did they stick to deadlines; was the quality of the work satisfactory?
A lot of the work we have received is from word of mouth, where clients who have been very happy with us have recommended us.
Just spend a little time doing the research instead of going for the fast fix. It will be worth it in the end!