If you’ve decided to develop an app, it’s a good one. Now, what beyond that?
If you’re outsourcing mobile app development how do you know you’re choosing the right individual or company?
What should you know and ask before you hire someone? What happens during the process of developing a mobile app?
These are all questions that can be overwhelming, but you need answers to them to ensure that you’re making a smart investment, both in terms of time and money.
The following are some of the top things to keep in mind when you hire a mobile app developer.
Before you can even start narrowing down your list of potential developers to work with, you need to know the core functionality or functionalities your app needs to have.
This is important because it’s going to help determine how much you’re going to spend, and you may also find that one development service is more experienced regarding your individual needs than another.
You should also keep in mind that the functions and complexity of your app are going to play a huge role in how much you pay, and how long the entire process takes.
If you’re going to have a lot of functions, and your app is pretty complex, you need to prepare yourself budget-wise, but you also need to find a developer that’s well-versed in the development of complex apps because not all are.
You may think about an all-in-one type of development service, which means that they can not only develop the foundation of your app but can also work on the design, and then ultimately marketing and maintenance and management of the app.
There is a conundrum businesses and individuals face when they’re outsourcing any service, including not just app development, but things like web design, copywriting and other related digital services.
They can hire an individual or company in the U.S., or they can hire overseas.
In the U.S. the costs are going to be higher which is why overseas developers can be appealing. However, what’s the quality going to be like?
If you’re hiring overseas, you run the risk of not just a lower quality product, but there may be lags in development time because of issues such as differences in time zones or reliability of the internet for communication.
Someone overseas may not have a grasp of the latest app development and design trends either.
That’s not to say there aren’t great developers overseas, but it is something to think about.
Finally, in the early stages of planning to work with a developer, you should also think about the platform you’re going to be using.
Maybe your audience is primarily Android users, so obviously you would want to find a developer that specializes in that. Perhaps you’re focused on the iOS platform, so the same holds true there.
However, most companies and individuals don’t want their app on just one platform—they want it on both, so always think about the ability of a developer to work across platforms. You want them not just to be able to develop across platforms but to be able to do it efficiently and seamlessly.