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Pros and Cons of Different Software Development Options for Small Businesses

When you are going to create new software, there are three main options–you can do it yourself, hire an individual to do it, or enlist a larger company. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each of these options for small businesses.

Do it yourself:

On one hand, doing it yourself has some definite positives. It almost always costs less than hiring someone else to create your software, and you can learn valuable, marketable skills. But unless you have prior experience in the field, this is not usually the best option. For a small business, two of the most valuable things are time and money. While this approach may save you money, it certainly costs you time.

Contract an individual:

This option is often times hit or miss. Sometimes, you can find a quality developer for a small hourly rate. But often times, if you are trying to find an inexpensive option, you will end up with less-than-perfect software. When you are contracting an individual, you want to hire a professional, and often times that requires a lot of payment. On the positive side, though, this option does offer you one-on-one contact with your developer.

Hire a company:

Finally, this approach is the best of both worlds. You get to work with specific point person, so you still get the benefits of hiring an individual, but at the same time you can rest assured that you are working with a verified professional. It’s also easy to do research on a company to find out if they will be a good fit for you.

Even as a small business, it’s clear that hiring a company to do your software development is the best choice. It’s not necessarily the most expensive option, either–educating yourself on software development can cost both money and time, and certain individuals will charge a high hourly rate.

Interested in finding a professional to help with your software development? Contact us today; it’s our specialty.

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