At this point you will probably be thinking to yourself “Then how will I make this software?” especially if you are not currently fluent in a programming language.
The answer may surprise you…
What you will be doing is taking advantage of what is available to you.
Currently there are four options which are open to you when you decide to take on a software design project for profit:
First off, the option that comes to most people’s minds is paying someone else to do it for you. Renting a coder or outsourcing your software project is always an option that will be useful for those who do not wish to take the time to create the software themselves.
It is often times one of the most difficult options to undertake when you are unable to find a coder with the programming experience necessary to create what you want. There are small risks with this route as well because you never know if the coders are willing to implement hidden code within the software that you have commissioned thus unknowingly allowing access to computers in which the software is installed onto.
Outsourcing can really be a great option when you do not have time to do the project yourself. Of course you will be employing a real person so you have to be a good boss/commissioner and do what you are supposed to do in order to keep your worker/outsourcer in check. You need to ensure that you are able to provide everything necessary to complete the job in terms of information and be able to pay them once they have completed their work. There is no real middle ground once you have made a contract to get something done.
The second option is one that is really a useful option which allows you to get involved with the creation of the software first hand. This will involve using a software building tool.
This prevents having to learn the programming language yourself as well as eliminating the need to pay an outsourced option to receive the fully functional software.
It is also one of the most important options because you will then not have to worry about the outsourcer using the code they have created for you in their own software or simply infringing on an existing code structure which they have created for someone else.
Creating your own software puts you in control and gives you the greatest sense of accomplishment. If you think about it, you are using software to read this right now. Aren’t you glad someone (or a team of people) put so much work into making it possible for you to read this? They undoubtedly feel proud that somewhere, someone is using their software to access this text. That is the feeling that you will receive once you have created your own quality piece of software that others will be using for their own personal use, even if you decide to charge them to do so.
Third is rebranding of software. Of course this is one of the options which may be the least cost effective but will provide high quality readymade software which only needs to be branded for your business. This means adding in your logos and other trademarks to personalize the software to make it feel more like your business was the one which produced the software from scratch. This process may be the fastest option but you will be very limited in what types of software that you could create through the rebranding services.
When you are rebranding software, you need to understand that someone else took the time to create the software and that they will want you to pay more for using their software under your own name. It is a great idea to take advantage of the rebranding when possible but keep in mind that anything that goes wrong with the software will be placed on your company. You will have to figure out what to do if the software causes problems to the end user.
Last option is to take advantage of learning a simple programming language and taking the time to understand how software is created.
Of course this is one of the best options to look into if you want to feel accomplished in your end product that you wish to sell to your audience of
customers. The main problems with this route are the fact that you will have to take some time to learn what you will be doing in terms of programming. Once you have that down, you will need to plan out your software, create it, test it then market it.
Creating your own software from scratch can also be a very lucrative opportunity but will require a lot more than just understanding the code.
You need to be creative and able to solve any issues that arise. You cannot simply release faulty software, since that is both unsound and dangerous to the end user.
You need to be able to test the software on several different systems and ensure compatibility before you can sell it as working on operating system X.
From these four options that you have available to you, it is recommended that you either use software building tools, or take the route of learning how to create the software yourself. Outsourcing comes in a close third, but you may have problems finding who you need to complete the job and they may not be able to keep their end of the bargain, especially if you are pressed for time.
Rebranding is an option that you should only take if you are willing to spend more money on a functional product which is usable right away or if you looking to quickly add to your product line in a short space of time with minimal effort.
Outsourcing is going to be an option that a lot of people will take to get their software created. This will require a fair bit of research to help you get the finished product that is working well and compatible with the various types of operating systems that you may be planning on marketing towards.
Outsourcing will really play a big part in providing work for those who cannot find work offline. You may be employing a programming engineer from the US or a very talented high school student from the Ukraine.
It is a very difficult thing to control unless you are using an outlet that allows you to know who you are hiring. Even then, there are ways that people can get around such restrictions and be less than honest about where they are from while still providing a high quality service.
Of course, the only issue you should really be worried about with outsourcing is being able to communicate fluently with those who will be completing the work for you.
If there is no comparable channel which you and your collaborating outsourcer can use, the probability that they would be able to complete the job exactly as you wanted will be very slim. Trying different options is always an issue before you get the job completely done on the first go.
Finding a programmer can be as easy as joining a programming forum. Of course it is never really that easy to get to find a quality programmer who is willing to accept payment within your budget. It is important to take into account the various different locations where you may be able to find quality programmers to take on your projects.
Usually, you will be able to find programmers in a variety of different locations. Outsourcing projects can be done on online forums or through specialized freelancing types of websites where people post projects for others to bid on.
Some of the options which you may wish to try in terms of forums are:
Warrior Forum – www.warriorforum.com Net Builders – www.netbuilders.org Digital Point Forums – www.forums.digitalpoint.com
Forums are very personal and interactive locations where you may need to work with some people before you find the right person or team to complete your software job.
It is important to remember that forums will have a range of good and bad people which will be trying to take your money either legitimately or through less than honest means.
It is also very important to look into accounts which have a large amount of positive feedback and praise as well as those which have been around for longer periods of time. You can look into most forum network’s user profiles and learn more about them including past posts which they have made on the forum. It is always a great idea to take advantage of forums which have a point structure so that you can see which accounts have had the most points when they are responding to your software development threads.
Freelancing options that you may also wish to look into are:
Elance – www.elance.com Guru – www.guru.com Freelance Free – www.freelancefree.com VWorker – www.vworker.com
The freelancing websites are designed to allow a variety of different programmers to find you as well as for you to find programmers which have the skills available to complete your projects.
Some will require for you to write up the job description then make it available on the system for others to take the job and complete it. Others will allow you to let the programmers make bids on your job before you accept one to complete it. They can provide examples of their work and may even be able to complete the job under your budget as many programmers are willing to compete by offering dirt cheap work for software creation.
Whatever the case, it is important to look into the various different freelancing websites and possibly post projects on each to get more offers before you choose a single programmer or team to complete your project.