How to find the perfect software developer for your project

How to find the perfect software developer for your project

Your application will be as great as the developers behind it. For this reason, I will share my top tips to find a great fitting software developer for your software project.

In General: Plan enough time

To make this clear from the start: the efforts behind finding a software developer aren't just about holding interviews with developers. It's more about describing your requirements in detail, including culture and work hours, tasks to be done and tech stack.

After getting quotes from software developers or software development agencies, you then start the interview process.

If you don't take this seriously, you might end up with a resource, that does not match your environment or the requirements. Choose wisely and calmly.

In General: Plan enough budget

Don't ignore the fact, that a software developer needs to learn a lot on his journey and the higher the seniority level, the higher the pay rate. I do not think you will get a good service from < $ 70/hour for your project. At least if you're not very lucky.

Think about it this way: The money you spend on development will define your finished product. It will generate revenue and finally return your investment.

Finding: On Fiverr, Upwork, co.

There are diamonds on platforms like Fiverr, Upwork and Co. But I highly recommend seeking developers who speak your native language to make communication easier.

Speaking of the price, you should not hire the cheapest person for your project. Keep an eye on the ratings and their recently completed projects. Is there something similar to yours?

Finding: Ask your friends and family

It's always a great idea to ask your inner circle for recommendations in general.

Nowadays a lot of people are in touch with developers, even those, who you don't expect.

And even if they are not the final developers, who will work on your application: It might be, that they know somebody who will help you out.

In the interview: Ask for their motivation

Finding a software developer profile that is open to work on LinkedIn, Fiverr or Upwork is the easiest task. Validating if he/she is a good fit for the position is much more tricky.

Try to ask for their motivation. Is there any besides money? Will they grow by fulfilling your gig? Is there something that helps them to hold themselves responsible?

In the interview: Let developers hold interviews

If you already have some technical background, or you have already hired somebody, he/she can hire the next one with their technical knowledge.

Good developers will ask the right questions and can tell if one candidate is a good fit or not.


In this post, I have shared some of my tips for hiring a developer or a software development agency. While it's not the easiest task, it's not impossible.

Remembering the following points might make a great change:

  • Don't underestimate the time it takes to set up a detailed requirements profile and hold interviews.

  • Always pay fair. A gig for $10/hour won't be sustainable for your developer and he/she will lose interest.

  • Find developers by asking your friends and family

  • Find developers on Upwork, Fiverr, LinkedIn, Co.

  • Ask for their motivation to see if they are responsible

  • Let other developers hold interviews because they know what to ask.

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