This article is about the sore of many business owners who wanted to implement their idea at least once. Here in NordWhale, for a short 2 years, we’ve successfully designed and developed more than 50 projects from various industries.
We had clients from Israel, the United States, and Europe from big and small companies, from Universities and Healthcare laboratories. They were so different but almost everyone told us how difficult was to find the right team to develop their project.
So we decided to gather all our experience and to share some suggestions on how to find the perfect development team.
4 best ways to find the right outsourcing team:
1. Google search
Google is the biggest catalog of all software development rooms in the world. But to find the perfect match for your needs you have to spend a lot of your time.
It is no secret that “promoted” pages occupy many hits on the first page (often only through paid advertising). There are no filters there, so you should find the right keywords.
Also, you will need to visit a website of each found company and search for additional information about them. Visit their LinkedIn, Facebook and other social network accounts.
As Google is the biggest library you will get too many results for your search. (example: 16,300,000 results for ‘best outsource company’ request.)
Anyway, the good old search engine is still working but needs your efforts.
You may try to experiment with Google using different keywords. But firstly you should decide what kind of project do you need and what technologies should be used for it. These will be your keywords. The good thing is to create a list of the companies which fit your needs, check their portfolio and read the blog. A blog provides you with good insight into the company’s approach to projects. By reading how they deal with challenges, you get some overall idea of how they will handle your project. Then send a request to the companies and check if you are on the same wave.
If we were about to start looking for an outsourcing company to work with, we would start either with Upwork (filter the results based on location, technology, and client focus). It is a good marketplace, which provides vast possibilities.
Also, at the Upwork, you are available to check the rate of the company and check the feedback from customers, who’ve already got a project done by a certain company/developer.
To find a good freelancer or agency, you should pay attention to the account rating.
Look for Top Rated accounts. Upwork grants the account with ‘Top Rated’ by building an impressive reputation. Freelancers must have a proven history of success with multiple clients, delight them every time with high-quality work, and contribute to a safe and vibrant marketplace.
To earn and maintain Top-Rated status freelancers must have:
- A current Job Success Score of 90% or higher;
- First, hire on Upwork was more than 90 days ago;
- Maintained Rising Talent status or a Job Success Score of at least 90% for at least 13 of the last 16 weeks;
- A 100% complete profile;
- 12-month earnings of at least $1,000;
- Up-to-date availability (if unavailable now, set a date estimate);
- An account in good standing with no recent account holds;
- Activity on the platform (proposal, accepted invitation, or earnings) in the past 90 days;
So, if you see 5 stars, good feedback and top-rated badge on the account - be sure, it is good high skilled professional - proved by Upwork.
There are many platforms like Upwork which are classified by industries and developers skills.
3. Ratings & Reviews platforms
These platforms evaluate companies based on a number of factors including company portfolios, and most importantly, verified client reviews.
For example, Clutch analysts conduct in-depth interviews with the clients of the vendors on their platform, asking a number of questions related to the quality, value, and efficiency of the services they received.
4. References and friends
If you have friends, acquaintances, or partners who have already been faced with the outsource development teams - just ask their advice. And be sure they will tell you all the pros and cons of their previous experience with the exact team.
If you haven't such connections, then look for the opinions from professionals who have already been pre-acquainted with the team and get a better understanding of the whole process from the outside.
To find influencers for your topic you can search in social networks, blogs or vlogs for the current industries.
Also, if you have an opportunity, visit the thematic events, global conferences, and forums to communicate face to face and find your perfect team.
To find and choose the best IT outsourcing company, you need to take time and effort. To find the best companies, you need to diversify your sources and to take an all-round approach and then the result will not keep you waiting.
If you have any questions or need advice for your project, please feel free to contact us.
Good luck with your search. ☘️
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