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Why It's Important to Find a Developer Who Shares Your Goals and Vision

Sometimes it seems like there are more people calling themselves web developers than there are sites on the web. It can be overwhelming trying to sift through them all to find a team that's the best fit to put your ideas into action and create something that not only works, but has real social impact.

Everyone with a great idea needs a team of developers who can create and support the software necessary to bring it to life. And let's face it: there are lots of people who can do that part pretty well.

But when your business is driven by a desire to change the world in a positive way, you have an additional challenge. You need a developer who shares your vision.

Need convincing? Here are 5 reasons why.

1. They care.

Seems like an easy one, but it's hard to overstate how important this is. Think about projects you've done either at home or at work. Isn't it generally true that the quality of your work is significantly improved when you genuinely care about the outcome? It works that way with developers, too. When they share your vision and recognize the importance of what you're doing, they're motivated to work harder to make it happen.

2. They want it to work – now.

When the team you're working with believes in the value of what you're trying to do, they're motivated to get it out into the world so that they can see it start to change lives. When they care about it like you do, they want it up and running as soon as possible.

3. It's mutually beneficial.

Hey, just like everyone else, software developers want to work on things they can be proud of. Developers are more likely to attract other clients whose work is meaningful when they work with people whose vision they share. Partnering with a business whose vision they share makes it easier to build relationships with similar companies.

4. They understand that the launch is the start, not the end.

Rarely is a project perfect upon first launch. When it gets out into the real world and users start to interact with it, you'll likely think of new functionality that you never considered before. When you work with a company who cares about the vision of the project, they'll care more about making this product the best it can be.

There are a million stories of great ideas that failed when the website crashed, or got hacked, or when the email servers went buggy. It's all too common for developers to get your concept launched and then – poof – disappear. Working with a team that cares about your vision means that they're going to stick around and make sure it works in the long term.

5. They focus on your business, not their features.

It's the nature of the industry to be fast-moving and ever-evolving. The challenge for web developers is to stay up-to-date with the flashiest features without losing focus on your business and its potential for positive impact on the world. The coolest developer tricks designed to make your site do something slick are useless if your world-changing vision isn't the underpinning of the user experience. For that to happen, it's essential that your developers understand and care about what you're trying to do.

We believe our work should be valuable, both financially and in a broader sense. We are passionate about using our web development skills to create software that works for real people and helps businesses grow. Drop us a line. Let's start talking about how to change the world with your ideas and our technology.

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About the author

Barry O'Kane

Barry is the founder of HappyPorch. With 20 years in the web development industry as a programmer and agency owner, he has a preternatural ability to decipher the systems and processes code that holds many teams back from achieving their goals. Partners say Barry gets to the root of issues quickly and makes it downright easy to deliver good work.    

While he's unbelievably grounded, it's not uncommon to find him sailing through the trees as he paraglides his way round the world.