Businesses grow and evolve; it’s the expected process. With this growth, comes a need for software upgrades to streamline processes in the business or just for company expansion purposes. Some of the default software may have features you would like amended. It is in this case that you would opt for custom-built software. One that is specifically designed to cater to the needs of your business or company.

Software development is not a service that comes easy to people. This is the reason why there are a number of IT outsourcing companies that offer a variety of services including onshore, offshore and nearshore software development.

Weighing your options to know which outsourcing company to contract can be as complex as it seems. You need quality so it is not a matter of a flip of the coin. Business owners need to meticulously and cautiously choose the right software development company for their project.

On that note, below is a list of things to consider when choosing a software development company.

Technical expertise

This is among the top traits to look for when hiring a software development company. It should be a company that helps you reach your goal; a company that has the skillset and mastery to provide you with the best customer experience.

The company should be in possession of the latest high-tech infrastructure. 

It is also advisable to get to know their coding style. The codes they put are what will determine the quality of the software they deliver.

  • Check the company portfolio

Getting to know some of their previous work will work to your advantage. You will have a clue about the kind of projects the company has worked on and if it works for you.

The best thing about software development companies is that there is a methodology used to try and test any software they have created to ascertain its authenticity and functionality.

Consider security and safety

Before contracting a software development company, it is advisable to ask some questions regarding key security measures that may be of concern to you. 

Get to know if the software will need personal user information and how it will be safeguarded.

Also, make sure the company are licensed to work on this highly sensitive information.

Get referrals

Talk to people in your field or network and ask them to give you referrals for companies you can work with. This will not only ensure a faster project start-up but also, you will be able to get legit reviews from them.

Communication skills

Go for a company that has software engineers who are proficient in the language you want your software coded in. This is to reduce the exertion you put for them to deliver high-quality software.

A disclaimer: Avoid companies that produce software in almost all the languages known to man. This may be an indicator at a lack of proficiency in your desired coding language.

Cheap can be expensive

The above applies to anything you are purchasing. 

When buying a good or service, always remember that quality is of the essence. Don’t be fooled by those software development companies that offer the world at a fraction of the coast. Disregard these cheap companies. If not, be warned that in the near future, there is a possibility of using more money than you bargained for.


Agility is also a critical trait required by software developers. A good software company understands that times are changing and with it, comes a need for upgrades.

Good programmers should also understand that the project is prone to amendments so they should make room for necessary changes if the need arises.

Time frame

How fast any business or company delivers its goods or services is a true reflection of how dedicated they are. Seek the services of a software development company that has a track record of delivering its software on time. This ensures that there is enough time to fix any major or minor issues. Besides, it gives you some time to do some testing and to fix bugs in case of any.

Doing the above steps gets you a step closer at the commencement of the software development process. Also, remember to be clear to the software developer at what exactly it is you are looking for. Good luck!

Richard is an experienced tech journalist and blogger who is passionate about new and emerging technologies. He provides insightful and engaging content for Connection Cafe and is committed to staying up-to-date on the latest trends and developments.