Hire a Mobile App Developer – 10 Things to Know
Every company can benefit from having a mobile app. Apps provide access to millions of smartphone users, allowing your company to reach a much wider audience. But creating a well-developed app can be confusing. Choices of what you want as well as what you want in a mobile app developer needs to be decided upon before signing a contract.
There are some preliminary steps to take.
Following are the things you should know when looking to hire a mobile application developer:
1.) Get to know past clients: If you want an idea of how the developer works and how they are to work with, the best way to find out is to talk to past customers. Similar to researching any service, past performance often predicts future performance. Find out if past clients were satisfied with the work. You can get a good sense of if the developer communicated and listened well, if they worked in a timely fashion, and if they brought in their own ideas.
2.) Decide on how personal you want it be with the development team: Do you want a team that you can meet with frequently face-to-face or are emails and phone calls enough for you? This decision will dictate where you look for your developer.
3.) Know how design is incorporated: A perfectly developed app is nothing if it doesn’t offer a pleasant user experience. Designers are essential in the development of an app. A good designer will know how to make an eye-catching design that will match the feel of what your app is about and stand out from the competition.
4.) Learn about the platforms they use: Each developer will have his or her own experiences and ways of doing things. Find out what platforms they are familiar with programing for and which ones they personally favor. Make sure that they have previously designed for whatever platform(s) you want your app on and that they are familiar with the programming of any built-in features relevant to what your app will require.
5.) Know who will own the finished app: Most of the time, the entity paying for the mobile app is paying to own it upon completion, but you should not assume that this will be the case. Copyright assignment contracts need to be developed to establish ownership rights of the finished app and its contents.
6.) Ask how updates will be managed: Most apps will require updates at some point. New versions of operating software, added features, and other updates need to be taken into account. Will the developer be able to handle that?
7.) See who will be responsible for submitting the app to stores: The process of submitting apps can be complex and technical. It can be prudent to find a development team that will also submit the app for you.
8.) Find out about security: The ultimate goal of app development is to have people use it. Make sure that sensitive user data will be protected.
9.) Any unique qualities or special skill?: Even if you know what you want, ask if they have any special skill or unique qualities. A good app is a blend of functionality, design, and the personality of the brand. Only you know what your brand is really about, but most of the design and functionality will come from the development team, so see what they will bring to the table. It’s favorable to find developers that either have genuine care for your type of business or experience in your industry.
10.) Finally, cost: It’s important to work out how much you’re willing to put into app development. You will have to discuss and agree upon fees and payment terms and even continued services with your developer. Extra services will almost certainly be required down the line, and they can add up, but are necessary, so don’t forget to include them in your initial calculations.
By taking these questions into consideration, you should have a well-developed mobile app in no time.