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How difficult is it to create your own custom software

Software development is something that many business owners and individuals have thought about having a go at. However, there are many factors you need to consider before deciding to go ahead with this project yourself. When you add these factors up, you may simply decide the project will be too time-consuming, expensive, and stressful. Let’s examine the various obstacles you will be presented with when attempting your very own software development project.

The cost

While you may think that you’ll save money by undertaking this project alone, this isn’t usually the case. An experienced team of software developers will already have all of the tools and staff members they need to get started. If you don’t already have team members in your business who can help you out, hiring these will be far more costly than outsourcing the project. On top of that, you need to think about the time in your working day that this is going to take up. Time is money in business, so most individuals would rather use their time to focus on their core business tasks.

Putting together a team

Unless you are just thinking of creating a very simple piece of software alone, you’ll usually want to work with a team. You’ll be able to assign parts of the work to team members, who should be experts in this field. If you don’t already have a team within your business who were hired specifically for this type of work, creating a whole new department is a decision you won’t want to take lightly. Even hiring team members on a temporary basis can be very costly. Working with a professional software development team is often the best solution, as they have years of experience and are used to working together.

The complexity of software development

There’s a reason that software developers spend so many years training in this field. The work isn’t as simple as it may look, and you’ll need to undertake a lot of testing to ensure your software works properly. However, if you aren’t well trained in this field, how will you know if anything is wrong with your work? Every line of code in your project has the potential for failure. Therefore, it’s always best to hand this work over to individuals who are used to doing this job. You’ll also want to consider using testers at the end of the project to ensure there are no issues with your new software and that it will serve you and your customers as expected.

The software development process

Software development isn’t something that should be rushed, it often can take months or years to develop. If you check out some of the world’s best software, you’ll soon realise how long it took to develop. If you have an idea in mind for a new piece of software, you may think you can jump straight into the software development process. Before you can start the work, though, you need to ensure you take the time to create a plan for the project. Oftentimes, business owners think they have an excellent idea, but it’s not necessarily something that is realistic. Working with a software development company will ensure you build something that you’re proud to show to the world.

Software development doesn’t happen overnight, and this is why teams often break down the project into different sections. This will ensure no issues occur and that everything works properly in the end. However, without the experience to know how to split your projects into segments, you are unlikely to know how to start. Planning is key for success for anything in life, and it’s no different for software development. For that reason, we encourage you to work with a team who are experienced in designing software. They will know how to plan and guide your project from start to finish.

Software development is time-consuming

The number one reason software development projects are outsourced is because company time can be better spent elsewhere. If you aren’t familiar with software development, you’ll have to spend time studying, before you can even start your project. From there, you’ll have to set yourself up with the equipment and team you need to support you. As a business owner, you need to ask yourself whether you really have the time to do this. For most companies, the answer is a clear no, as there are just too many other things going on. Many companies are realising that they need to spend their time and effort on the core business tasks. For tasks that require specialised knowledge, outsourcing brings the best return on investment.

Here at BSPOKE Software, our team of professional software developers is here to help you with your next project. While we understand many individuals are interested in learning about software development we also know creating complex business software is not easy. Most companies just don’t have the time, energy, and resources to accomplish such a mammoth task. Our team regularly creates software and we understand the challenges you may be facing with your current software. Regardless of what you are looking to build, we can take all of the stress out of your hands. Contact us today for more information and to discuss your upcoming software development projects.

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