You already have a brilliant app idea mapped out – excellent! Now you have to make arguably the most important decision in the app development process – which app developer to hire. Hiring the right person for the job can mean the different between dream and disaster. To find the right developer, or right development company, will take some effort on your behalf, but will certainly be worth the time once you are connected with the right knowledge and skills. Below we have put together a few key tips to get you started down the right path of what to look for when hiring an app developer.
Communication Is Key
Communication, communication, communication. We can’t stress the importance of a good understanding between you and your app developer. Failure to communicate well with one another will inevitably lead to confusion, stress headaches and potentially costly mistakes. You should choose an app developer that you can have a close business relationship with and feel comfortable with translating your designs, notations, general mode of speech and goals to. You should have confidence in their ability and you should feel that they understand your clarifications and intuitively know what you want. Consequently, you may want to test how well a developer follows simple instructions before you commit to hiring them for a major app development project. If a developer acts as an authority and tells you how things should be, then chances are that they aren’t particularly interested in listening and helping you to achieve your goals. You should be on the lookout for developers who are open to your ideas, your processes and innovation on the app front.
Gain Perception Through Portfolio
Looking like you can do a good job and actually being able to do a good job can often be two very different things, which is why it is so important than you ask for references and examples from your potential app developer. References from other people who have hired a developed to work on their app projects will give you significant insight into the quality of work they are capable of producing. When you contact a reference, be aware of how they respond to your questions. Do they seem to provide an air of doubt in the developer’s abilities and quality of work? If there is a sense of doubt, you might want to reconsider your options. A good question to ask a reference is if they believe they got their money’s worth from the developer. There is no reason to be shy about asking questions like this, as you want to ensure you will pay for high quality work that will bring your business success.
Explore Before You Settle
In such a saturated market, there will undoubtedly be a large number of app developers and companies that would jump at any opportunity to take on a project. This is great news for you, because it means that you have room to negotiate and not settle for anyone or anything less than what you expect. When in this consideration stage, it is advisable to get a few quotes from a range of developers and app development companies. This will give you a good idea of the range of prices and help you gauge what your project should cost. As app development is such a popular field at the moment, you should be aware that average costs have risen quite significantly in the past few years. Despite this, some developers or companies might be willing to work for less given the competitiveness of the industry and you should consider using this competitive nature to your advantage in negotiating a good price for good quality.
Read The Fine Print
Before you agree to an app development contract, make sure you get a complete itemized list of all services to be rendered and make sure you know how much each item will cost in writing. It would be extremely painful for you to get half way into a $100,000 game development project and find out that you are going to have to pay extra for additional development factors not specified in your contract. At that point, you are at the mercy of the developer. In fact, it is a smart idea to consider using careful wording within the development contract to ensure a cap on any additional services needing to be rendered to limit app development costs to a reasonable price.
Choosing an app developer is an important decision as the realisation of your vision is in the developer’s hands. In order to maximise the potential for a fantastic outcome, you should look around for the developer that you are most confident in. Keep in mind the above points and choose wisely!