There are many things to look for when selecting the right developer to partner with. Experience, skill sets, niche expertise, team size, and many others come to mind to compare. Something that may not always come to mind is the network and other resources your developer can bring to the table. This doesn’t just mean manufacturers or graphic designers. It means investors, marketers, business development, coaches, web developers, app developers, and more. The list of potential experts that may be needed is almost limitless. Because you need the right experts to make your product or business successful, these networks are important.
Don’t be afraid to discuss other needs outside of just the product development. At the Peterman Design Firm, we want our clients to be as successful as possible. I’ve built a solid network that grows daily through years of networking and building relationships. Rather than go and have to build your own network, find someone who has a good one! You’ll find the best development partners will have done the same. These are people and businesses that I know and trust to deliver whatever I need for my clients so the project is a success. With our network we can support you through every stage, concept to profit.
Types of Resources
There are several key resources most startups and inventors need outside product design. They are: Graphic Design, Website Design, Marketing, Business Advice/Coaching, and Attorneys. Of course there are many others, but these are the most common from our experience. Make sure that whoever you work with can help you with solid referrals for these areas.
Small & Medium Businesses
First, if you are a small to medium sized business, you probably don’t have an internal department for everything. Because of this, working with a single point of contact is very desirable. It makes it easier to manage the project. Plus, some of the management is outsourced. Working with a firm like the Peterman Design Firm gives you the option of having someone else take on the project management. This allows you to focus on the results and end goal, not worrying about the day to day items. Development firms like ours who have a large network of resources for our clients can provide a very large benefit that you might not even think about at the beginning stages. Because we care about our client’s success.
Secondly, even large businesses benefit from offloading project management and sourcing to an outside firm. This allows their PMs to do what they need to and manage multiple projects more easily. Because of this, ongoing overhead can be reduced. The other benefit is of course the network the firm brings to get the project done. Larger businesses also like to have flexible teams that can come onboard, do a project, and then leave. All without raising it’s ongoing overhead. Managing a network and vetting sources takes time and effort, all of which the firm you hire can take on.
Smart business means having a large well curated network that can handle any tasks and projects. Talk to your potential developer about their network and how they support you through the entire process. With the right developer, you’ll have a large network to help you through the entire process, a real partner. Getting the team you need to be successful is sometimes as easy as just finding the right person with the right network for you.