Your company is making big moves in 2023, and the next one on the agenda is to create your own mobile app with the help of an app developer.
Smart thinking. Developing an app for your business can give your company the competitive edge you need in 2023. This is especially true considering that more than five billion people used mobile devices in 2022.
The question is, how exactly do you hire an app developer?
Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about how to find the right person for the job.
Let’s dig in!
Budget Before You Hire an App Developer
The first step in hiring an app developer for your business is to determine how much money you wish to spend on the project.
Several factors will impact your project cost, including the type of mobile app you want and your business’s needs. Another important factor is your desired app’s functionality type. You should also consider the user experience and user interface design you’ll need.
As you plan your budget, try to stay as flexible as possible. However, if you are too flexible, you’ll see your app development costs skyrocket. It’s critical that you maintain a healthy, reasonable balance as you develop your project budget.
Freelancer or Mobile App Development Agency
The next step in hiring an app developer involves choosing between a freelancer and an agency that provides app development services.
Hiring a freelancer generally makes sense if you expect your mobile app to be a brief project. Likewise, a freelancer may be sufficient if your app has straightforward needs. Note, though, that finding a reliable freelancer can be challenging.
If your app will be more complex, adaptable, and feature rich, then you’re better off hiring an app development agency.
The process of building an app can be difficult. However, an agency with an excellent project management approach can easily handle this task for you.
Screening for the Best App Developer
Once you’ve decided on a freelancer or app development agency, you’ll want to vet your top choices.
Ideally, you want your app developer to have several years of field experience. In addition, try to choose a developer who has worked on an app that is identical or comparable to yours.
If possible, browse through the developer’s portfolio on their website, or ask them to send you some of their previous work if they don’t have samples online.
Once you gain access to their past apps, feel free to download them and test them. This will give you an idea of how intuitive they can make your business’s app. It will also give you an idea of whether their design and color approach will match your design vision for your app.
Also, be sure to read through any user comments or client testimonials associated with the apps you’re trying out. The developer with consistently positive reviews will likely be the best one for you to trust with your app project.
Connecting with Your Prospective Developer
Let’s say you’ve settled on a mobile app development agency with extensive industry experience and an impressive portfolio of app projects. Now, you’re ready to get in touch with the agency directly.
Treat your conversation with the agency like an interview. This will help you to confirm that you made the right developer decision.
When speaking with the agency, ask them about their costs and how they focus on creating a positive user experience. In addition, inquire about the agency’s technology and design talents.
During the interview, you might also want to ask them to explain their coding style and app development process. Feel free to ask to see their contracts as well. This will give you an idea of what conditions and terms you’ll both need to abide by during the project.
You should furthermore ask who will be handling your app project. Reputable service providers give their clients the opportunity to choose between employing a single developer or hiring a dedicated development team.
The benefit of using a team is that team members can each look into a different aspect of the development process to ensure that everything moves smoothly.
Also, ask if the development agency would be willing to sign a nondisclosure agreement. This will help you to protect your mobile app’s code and, in turn, your app idea.
Present Your Project
Finally, if you like the answers that the app development agency has given to you, you should present your project to them. This company can then begin work on your project.
Partnering with the right company is important because creating an app involves more than coding. Your developer will also need to conduct business research as part of the app creation process. In addition, the designer will need to create an interface that meets your and your future app users’ needs.
A quality assurance tester may also be needed in the process to test your app’s code and address any flaws before your go-live date.
How We Can Help
If you plan to hire an app developer this year, you’ll first need to come up with a budget that will work for your company. Then, choose between hiring a freelance app developer or a reputable agency that offers mobile app development services.
Finally, you’ll want to screen your target app developer and connect with the best choice to begin your project.
At Vermillion Sky, we take pride in offering top-tier app development services for founders, large enterprises, and startups. Get in touch with us to learn more about our app development services, and book a complimentary strategy call today!