Tips on Hiring a Mobile App Developer

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While it always makes sense to hire a mobile app developer to create an app for you, the question that usually props up is, “how does one find the right developer?” It is never difficult to find mobile app developers – it is only difficult to ascertain the right one for your needs. How do you arrive at the right type of app developer? What questions do you need to ask before you hire an app developer?

Here is a list of things you should take into account before hiring a mobile app developer to create your app.

What to do When You Have a Great App Idea

  • Plan a little ahead of time and do some research on the app developers available in your area. It is always advisable to hire someone who lives nearby, as that helps you keep in touch with them as and when you need to.
  • Next, decide what you want your app to do and chart out the features you want to include in your app. Make a list of these features, also prioritizing each one of them. Putting them down in a bulleted list will make the entire process much simpler. This way, you will be able to clearly describe your plan to your developer. Ideally, the very first version of your app should be simple, including only the most basic features. You can always go ahead and add more features in the future releases.
  • Once you clear this stage, the next one would involve drawing out your plan on paper. Chalk out a rough design of your app and how you want it to look, function and so on. This document helps the developer understand exactly what you are looking for.

NDAs and App Development

While it is not absolutely necessary to sign an NDA, there are some contractors who would prefer to do the same, to ensure that their intellectual property rights are protected at all times. App developers, especially the reputed ones, would never steal a client’s idea. In any case, an app is only worth as much as the sales it is able to generate. Most people would not be bothered to go ahead and purchase an app idea. Hence, it would be highly unlikely that any developer would consider taking away your idea and giving it to someone else.

Speak with your potential app developer on this issue, consider what he or she has to say and then make your final decision.

Cost and Timeline of App Development

The answer to that question depends on the type of features you want to include in your app. The most basic app could cost you anywhere between $3000 and $5000 or more. Adding more features would add to the total cost of your app. Developing a database-type app would probably cost you around $10,000 or more while adding cloud sync services could double that cost.

This gets you back to your first step, wherein you need to decide the exact features you want to include in your app. Talk it out with your potential developer and ask him or her for a ballpark figure, before finalising anything at all.

The timeline, like the estimated cost of your app, is going to be a relative factor. While basic apps can usually be developed within a couple of weeks or so, some of them can take a few months to develop. A better developer would probably spend more time writing code that will work more efficiently and be more hassle-free in the future. There would be no point rushing with the project, only to discover that it needs to be repaired constantly. Generally speaking, you can expect a basic app to be done within about 4 weeks or so.

In-House Team vs. Independent Developers

If you already have in-house team of designers and developers, you could consider having them handle the entire process of planning your app, including developing the app design, creating mockup diagrams, designing the app logo and so on.

Discuss the matter beforehand with your developer, in order to find out if they agree to work in tandem with your in-house team. Also plan out the role each one will play in the process of app development, app marketing, app maintenance and so on.