Security and loss prevention
You will want to really take advantage of loss prevention whenever possible. This is done through the use of third party money holders often called an escrow service. Many of the freelancing websites will have access to an escrow service which makes it possible for you to keep your money online and within an account. This way the programmers understand that the money for the project is there and that there is no possibility that you would be scamming them for their hard work in creating your software. This is also to help prevent yourself from being scammed by the many people who are out there who simply want you to pay them while they either ignore the work or do a completely unsatisfactory job on the software they create. This way you can refuse payment and allow the website you use to investigate the matter to get everything sorted out.
Another option if an escrow service is not available for you to use is to make arrangements with the software programmer ahead of time for the payment agreement. This way, you can pay a smaller more feasible amount such as 25% of the total cost right away. This way they know that you have the money and are willing to trust their work before you send the rest of your money for the project completion. This also works out in your favour in the event that the programmer decides to discontinue the project or has decided to scam you. This way you only lose a small amount of money and not the entire budget for the software creation which in turn would leave you with nothing but complaints and a lack of software and funds.
If anything, use a payment processor which will be able to provide buyer protection for virtual goods. There are several different payment processors that are available to use which are either free or offer very low fees for the service. Take advantage of them to help ensure that your money is insured. This is also something that will allow you to punish those who have made the choice to scam you by not only having your money returned but their account terminated so that they cannot do it to others.
Never, ever send money through a mail carrier or wire transfer option.These are most definitely a scam. You can never trust any type of seller which is not capable of conforming to the rules of the websites they are a part of to complete your work. If they cannot get approved for payment processing accounts or an escrow service that means that they are either falsifying their information or that they have very bad credit. Even though people with bad credit may be ok, there is a high risk of them taking the money and simply leaving you to ponder why you fell for such an obvious scam. Simply do not provide money in a non-approved method on the site.
Choosing an Outsourcer
Once you have taken the time to get your job posted and all of the rest of the preparations done, now you can choose an outsourcer. Of course with many projects, several people may apply or bid for the opportunity to create your software. Depending on the complexity of the software, you may even get hundreds of offers. It is important to review each option and ask the programmers questions to ensure that they understood what the software job is and whether or not they can complete it within the budget and time frame for you.
Choose the option which is best suited for your project. If you want to save money then choose the option which will cost you the least to complete. On the other hand, you may want to pay your full budget to help ensure that the job taker works their best to do everything you asked of them. Once you have decided to choose an outsourcer for your software creation, make sure that you answer any questions that they may have regarding your project. Proper correspondence is a must for this to work out smoothly and you will want to also check up on them periodically so you can understand the progress on the software. You will also want to have them let you know when they have reached certain benchmarks on the software completion so that you can know whether or not the developer is staying within their necessary means while keeping you, the buyer happy.
Some simple tips to looking for an outsourcer are:
Check feedback – Many programmers will have a large amount of feedback from their commissioners. You will want to look closely for any types of negative feedback in their scores and pay attention to real authentic praise. Most buyers will say things like “A+ work” which is a very generic statement that is given to people who create junk as well. A more in-depth feedback would be something to the effect of “Programmer did very well with the hyper-threading of x variable, solved all of the issues that I requested, etc.” , which lets you know that they did something right.
Keeping an eye on what they do after they accept a job – Most programmers will go offline and start working on their job while others may take some time to start on what they are commissioned to do. It is important to see if they are committed to other projects while accepting new ones as well. This will show that they are not paying full attention to a single project at a time. This is one of the things you should avoid if possible because it is very easy to forget that you have to work on something else if you are working on many other things at a time. They may also work out of order which means that they can neglect your project until it is too late because they believed they had more time.
Check their average completion times – Check to see whether or not the outsourcer is doing their jobs in a timely manner. Are they completing the jobs within the allotted time frame? Are they completing jobs really quickly? Are they having trouble meeting deadlines and turning in projects late or having projects cancelled because they take too long to complete them? These are all questions which should be asked about all potential outsourcers, especially if time is really an issue in creating the software.
Ask questions – Simply ask questions. Get to know potential outsourcers so you can know whether or not they pay attention to detail. Discuss possible bonuses if they can complete the project quickly or can implement features that are also useful that you had not asked for.
Pros and Cons of Outsourcing
As with any other type of option that you may have regarding software creation, there are definitely some benefits and possible setbacks to using outsourcing for software creation.
On the positive note, you understand that there is an actual person, sometimes a group of people working on your project which means that they will be able to perform a variety of different changes as needed to your project to get it to work. They may be able to get your software completed under budget which in turn will save you money. You can really make use of personal interaction with the developers so that they understand exactly what you want done and can usually incorporate any necessary changes before the software has been officially completed.
On the negative side of outsourcing, you will be forced to be stern and possibly have to babysit your developers by telling them everything they need to know over and over again. They may be doing things wrong and be unable to implement what you request which means that you will end up with an inferior product to offer once completed. You may also be subject to waiting for them to complete their work and may even have large physical gaps between time zones if they are being outsourced out of the country.
So all in all, you will more than likely have a 50/50 success rate with outsourcing. Your experience may go very smoothly or you can run into some real problems. In other cases you will see many different things occur which can cause delays and other types of matters which really do not affect the quality of the software in the long run. You just need to keep in mind that what you may be asking for in terms of functionality may not be possible to implement on a small budget.