Building a mobile app is no small feat. It requires a great deal of research, time, and effort to create a user-friendly app. If you do it cheaply, you risk compromising quality, and if you focus first on quality, you obviously run the risk of blowing your budget. So where do the two meet?

Outsourcing Vs In-House App Design

You’ve come up with the perfect idea for an app–awesome. Now you just need to bring it to life, but how? Easy–call the team at Appek. We are the app development experts, designing apps for both Android and IOS. Our team of designers is based in-house, in offices around the U.S. It is true that outsourcing app development saves money, but is it better? Let’s have a look.

The cost of outsourcing depends on a few different factors. Before you consult with a developer about building your app, you’ll want to create a checklist asking the following questions:

  • What is my budget?
  • Is my idea clearly defined?
  • Which platform is this for (Android, apple, etc)?
  • Have I defined clear design, marketing and feature requirements?
  • What is my timeline? 

This checklist will serve as a guide to hire an app developer.

After building your checklist, it is ready to send off for an estimate. The cost to build will depend on the complexity of the app, with costs typically ranging from $10,000 upwards of $100,000. Get an estimate now. 

Overseas app development firms tend to charge far less than firms based stateside. This can range from as low as $20 an hour in India, all the way up to $150 an hour in North America. It’s important not to choose an app developer simply because they are the cheapest. You’ll want to hire an app developer who is experienced in app design, as well as an agency that is responsive and works with a high degree of integrity.

Additional Problems with Outsourcing

Dealing with developers overseas brings with it a whole range of challenges, from time differences, to language barriers, to delays in communication. This can mean higher billable hours for you, and rework that occurs if you’re not happy with the final product.

You can also inadvertently hire a designer who is not equipped to handle the job, not posessingthe proper knowledge or technology to produce the type of app you’re after. Worse, you could end up with a designer who can create the app, but is not equipped to perform the necessary research and marketing functions to give maximize visibility.

The takeaway? Outsourcing costs more than just an hourly rate.

Like with anything else, always do your homework to find the right app development firm to build your app. For a free consultation, contact Appek today. We can show you why we’re the right app development firm for your needs.