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Amit Dua

Amit Dua - CoFounder and CEO at Signity Solutions and ValueAppz.

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Factors You Should Consider Before Hiring a Mobile App Developer

If you are hiring a remote or virtual developer, the flow of communication gains immense importance. The developer and you need to be on the same page with respect to communication tools (e-mails, phone, video calls), working hours, response time and follow-ups.

With mobile apps becoming an integral part of business and customer segments worldwide, the demand for mobile app developers has surged considerably in the recent times. Statistics indicate that currently there about 8.7 million mobile developers globally. If you are planning to create your own app, how would you hire the one that meets all your requirements? The following checklist should help you.

Experience and Qualification

Mobile app development requires a professional with a strong technical background, knowledge about various mobile technologies and also a dash of creativity. He should be able to understand your product, give out-of-box ideas and make useful recommendations on the features to incorporate, responsive design, UI and UX. If you are developing a revenue generating app, then the developer should be able to suggest special features that can monetize it. If it is a free app, then he should be able to integrate services such as paid subscriptions, mobile display ads or in-app purchases.

You can hire a novice or an experienced person, depending on the complexity of your product. You can ask the developer for previous work samples to get a better idea.

Service Bouquet

Mobile app development has various phases, starting from brainstorming to testing and hosting in the app store. So, make sure to find out the scope of services that the developer will be offering. Ideally, you should select a developer who offers a complete package – app design, beta-testing, submission to app stores, daily activity monitoring, maintenance and version upgrades.

Pricing

The cost of developing app varies from one developer to another, and is directly related to the type of product and expected timeline for completion. Falling for the cheapest price is not advisable as you may not be able to perceive hidden glitches. You shouldn’t hesitate to pay a competitive price if the developer is experienced and comes across as a reliable person. However, do ensure that you cover the payment terms vis-a-vis expectations during and after the period of development to avoid any discrepancies later.

Ownership and Security

These two are legal concerns that must be addressed without being negligent. Typically, the company who commissions the development of the app reserves all ownership rights. At the same time, you should also ensure that all information shared with the developer stays confidential. Hence, while hiring a one, it is in your interest to enter into a legal copyright or non-disclosure agreement stating the ownership of the app, its design, source code and rest of the content.

Communication

If you are hiring a remote or virtual developer, the flow of communication gains immense importance. The developer and you need to be on the same page with respect to communication tools (e-mails, phone, video calls), working hours, response time and follow-ups.

Usually, it takes about 4-7 weeks for developing a mobile app. But, the development phase could turn up exasperating experience if a good developer is not on board. So, do not rush to hire the first developer you come across. Invest time in hiring the right one for your product.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house


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