Not only check reference they provide. Call folks listed in their portfolio and ask them about the experience they had. Also have deadlines for work and payment upon shceduled deliverables. Will they be doing all the work or will they outsource some of it out...be careful. Read over the contract carefully. Give small amount for mock ups then another for prototype, them if it is large in modules.
I am a web designer and not a huge programmer so I had hired out a project for my company, not a clients to a company in las vegas that used to be in my area. It was a horrible part of my life, 18 months and over 18,000.00 lost....even after we tried to collect. They went out of business and then reopened. We got a site that did not work and a lot of wasted time, money and sleepess nights. We then went with a local comapany last may, gave 50% deposit....thought she would do great with it and knew her in my business circles...well after every excuse and 7800.00 later in December after she didn`t pay the programmers she went out of business. My attorney was able to get 6000.00 back and i have to go to general district court next week to file for the rest. So just because they are local, doesn`t mean a thing. We finally went with a company we have worked with before....much more exspensive but has supported me all along the way in my endeavors. The design is done, the programming is being done and every few days I get an update, without asking. I should of went with them after the first company but my attorney advised to use a local company in case we had issues. So after getting the 2 bids from the local and the company friends i know in New York...i went with the local and it did not work out. Now I am with the most awesome company out of NY.So be certain you check them out, there work, reputation, how payements and deliverables work, timeline, are they outsourcing some of it.... investigate, pay with a credit card. get everyones name and decide how correspondence will work.
I really get upset about companies who are not honest, not capable even after they promise they are. How about using Nikole...she is capable and honest and seems like she would be great to work with. Here is her company site: www.nhgconsulting.com
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