As fall approaches, we all tend to reflect on our business goals and what we hoped to achieve this year, or what we want to start in the next year. Some of you may take a look at your website and be like, “It’s time for an upgrade.” If you are one of those people, I’ve written this blog post for you.
This post isn’t necessarily about the qualifications and expertise you should look for in a potential developer, but rather the things you should look for to see if you’ll work well together.
The more client work I take on, and the more I learn about business in general, I realize that matching personalities are way more vital to a stress-free collaboration than years of experience. Obviously, a developer who has been honing their skills for a decade will provide a much better site than one who has just started learning. And that needs to be taken into consideration.
But think about the interactions you have with people you love, and then the people who annoy the crap out of you. You typically avoid the annoying people, right? Right. They’re the worst.
Say you pick a developer who has a damn good portfolio, but their personality is everything you can’t stand. Any interaction you have will be full of stress and anxiety. No bueno. The process of creating your site should be full of fun and prancing unicorns, not eye rolls and whine and cheese (get it? WHINE instead of wine…).
So, here are some key questions to ask/things to look for when searching for your developer soul mate:
Is their portfolio full of sites that you love? I suppose this isn’t necessarily a personality check, but it’s important to know that the work they do tends to fall into your general aesthetic. Instead of debating about the use of white space, they’ll already be on the same page with you about what kind of design to implement.
What is their typical communication process like? We all have personal preferences when it comes to communicating with others. I personally hate talking on the phone, and vastly prefer email communication or my Basecamp project management platform. This may seem like a small detail, but if you’re someone who is a phone person and your developer is not, this could lead to communication breakdowns later. Make sure to find out how they prefer to communicate early on.
What are their organizational skills like? If you’re a real stickler for deadlines, clear and concise emails, standard processes, etc., then look for someone else like that. If you contact someone and right off the bat they seem to have a lower standard for organization, that just might be your clue that you’re on a one-way train to Resentment City, my friend. Look for someone who’s got their shit together just as much as you do, if not more so.
Do they show an interest in your business? If the potential developer does not show interest in your business or ask questions about your goals, they probably are just interested in making a cookie-cutter website for easy money (#redflag). Your developer soulmate should be just as fired up about your website as you are. When someone cares about the product they’re creating, it shows in the final result!
Are they a person you’d be happy to run into while out and about? This is pretty straightforward.
Scenario A: you see the person, and suddenly become very interested in the cheap art hanging on the wall and can’t look away until you see the person disappear from line of sight. This is NOT your developer soul mate!
Scenario B: you see the person, and think “Oh I’m so happy to see them! I need to tell them a funny story from yesterday. They’ll totally enjoy it.” HOLLER. They may be the one.
There you have it – my biggest tips. In the thick of finding a developer who works, it may be tempting to go with someone who fits your budget, but make sure you can actually stand talking to them as well.The developer should be the friend, not the enemy! Click To Tweet
PS Would you + I would make a great team?
Check out my cool new Cheat Sheet I put together (I’m pretty excited about it). It has case studies and a few other helpful tidbits about my services. I promise it won’t glitter bomb you (solely because it’s the internet, and I haven’t figured out how to glitter bomb from a website yet).