Posting a project is one of the most important things you will do for outsourcing so you will want to ensure that you are doing it correctly. You will need to be a part of the forum or freelancing websites so you will need to create an account at one or more of them to continue.
You may need to build up a reputation before someone can really trust you. This means that you will need to take the time to try commissioning people that can do simple tasks and prove that you are willing to pay those with higher skills such as programming to complete your orders with fewer risks of being scammed after they send you your project.
Once you have created your account, it is important to read through the rules of the website to ensure that you understand everything that you need to know before you continue to post your project publicly. Once the reading of the rules and terms of service of the website is completed, make sure that you understand it then ask any questions that you may have at the support location of the website. This will help clarify anything that may be causing you trouble to understand about the website. Once this is all complete, you will be ready to start.
Using the website as intended, locate the appropriate category in which your job offer should be posted within the site. If you are on a forum, it may be best to find the forum that is designated to posting job offers. Make sure that you find the correct sub-forum for software creation before you post a thread. If you are on a freelancing website, you will more than likely be able to post a job within a specific category designated for software programming and similar interests.
When posting your job you will want to be as clear as possible with your instructions and what is required from the programmers which will be taking on the job. You will want to offer as much information as necessary for you to do the work yourself. You should basically describe:
Programming experience – you will want to find someone that knows what they are doing. If you end up hiring an amateur to complete the job you may or may not be pleased with the results which would then lead to problems in the long run. The more experience someone has though, the more they will want to charge your for the service that they are providing. They may even be way over your allotted budget for the project so it is important to have them tell you what they can do so you could know whether or not they will be doing it for you.
Your budget – You want them to understand that you possibly cannot go past a certain amount of money for the project. It is best to start your budget off lower and gradually increase it if necessary. The best thing to do is take advantage of the lower budget listing at the start because someone with adequate programming knowledge and skill may offer to do it within that budget range. If this is possible then take the offer and give a large tip for their work originating within your budget range if they have done an exceptional job.
Time frame for completion – You will more than likely have a time where you will want the project completed. You will need to let the programmers know that you need the completed software no later than that specific amount of time. You can always make that amount of time as close as necessary for you to get using the software in your marketing. It is also a good idea to give a shorter time frame to complete the software just in case the programmers need more time to complete the software. This way you will not be left without a product when you absolutely need it to sell by a certain date. You can either let the programmer know that you have extended their completion date requirements or that you will reconsider the amount of payment to offer the programmer for the delay. Of course the extra time is always a good idea just in case there is a problem which would affect how the software would work.
Function of the software – You will need to let the programmers know what you want out of the software. Software without function is not something that you would wish to create and that requires understanding what you want to market. Let’s say you want to create a type of calculator. The calculator will need to perform precisely and get the job done. This is much different than the creation of a video game which requires a large amount of extras such as content, dialog, mechanics and more. As long as you can accurately describe what you need done by the software, those who will be taking on the offer will be able to have an idea of whether or not they will be able to do so within their budget.
Operating system compatibility – Tell the programmers where you want the program to be able to run. Right now, the major operating systems are on Windows and Mac based computers although there is a wide spectrum of other operating systems such as Unix/Linux and others which may not be as common in the normal household. You will need to tell the programmers where you want the software to load so that you can market it directly to the main group of customers that you have decided to work with.
Usage rights – You will want to let the software developers understand that even though they have created the software that they are not allowed to repackage and sell the software to others. You will be the owner of the software and own the rights to the software which makes any subsequent sales of the product your responsibility meaning that you will receive the money for the software. This is important as many people fail to set the usage rights down and legally, there are issues with illegal copies of the software being made that end up doing well because they are under priced or improved upon to make your software less appealing to your potential customers.