One of the best things about software development is that developers can offer to work and develop software on contract basis, either part time or as a full time occupation. Independent contracting is the latest market trend and the ability to communicate freely, share ideas, connect with people and exchange money over the internet has worked wonders for contract based work.
If you have decided to hire a software developer on contract basis, there are a few things that you would need to consider. The employers need to pay attention to a lot of things to find the best software developer contractor who works according to their needs.
Level of maturity and expertise
Some contractors are more experienced and more skilled over the others. IT projects or software development requires a certain skill set and some contractors have more expertise in their field of work.
Consider different contractors and go through their previous work. Also, consider what they are offering to you before you choose any contractor. Typically, it is the contractor who supplies all work materials needed for software development, so make sure that the contractor is well versed with the needs of the project.
Decide whether the contractor’s skills are required for a short period of time or for a longer period. This must be done beforehand to avoid any confusion or conflict. Once the duration of the project has been decided, the contractor would let you know whether the contract can be done or not.
Contractors are generally hired on high costs so make sure the duration of the project does not exceed the estimated duration as this may be have adverse effects on your budget and development process.
If you are working in the United States, you need to consider the tax implications. After all, you as well as your contractor are working for monetary gains. Legally, the income from the contract needs to be reported to the IRS each April by both the parties.
Hiring someone on contract basis with the view of making the job permanent is a good way of attracting good contractors. This way, you can test the waters with the contractor hired by you and the contractor feels motivated to work better. If things work out well, you can hire the contractor on a permanent basis.
With the fast pace of development and advancement in technology, you as well as your contractor need to be aware of the latest technologies that can be time saving, effective as well as beneficial. But in certain cases, the project requires old technology to be used. Make sure that the contractor you hire has in depth knowledge of the technology that is to be used.
Is the contractor old enough?
The first thing that needs to be considered is that is the contractor old enough to enter into a contract. In 47 states on US, the age of majority is 18 years but in some states like Nebraska, Alabama and Mississippi, it varies. A contract cannot be signed if the contractor does not meet the legal minimum age.
Recruiters are now hiring contractors for software development for easier and hassle free work. Make sure you hire the right contractor and your work would be made a lot easier for you.