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7 do's when hiring a mobile app developer

Published on 28 July 14

When the whole world is going mobile at such a rapid pace, to stay ahead of your competition, your business too has to take the plunge and go mobile. Once you have taken the decision to create that mobile app, how do you go about finding the right person to help you out with it?

Here’s a list of the top 7 things to keep in mind when hiring a mobile app developer:

How experienced is the developer?

Quality matters a lot when making a mobile app - a bad app may be just as terrible as not having an app at all. Ensure that the developer you pick has adequate experience in creating quality mobile apps. When you assess the portfolio of previous projects the developer has worked on, check to see if they have experience in creating apps similar to the one you have in mind for your business.

Ask for references

A professional mobile app developer will provide references of past clients so that you can get a better idea of picking them. Talk to some of the previous clients of the developer to learn more about how successful the past projects were, and the overall experience in working with the particular developer.
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Rope the mobile app developer in at the idea stage

Once you have decided to create a mobile app for your business, make sure that you discuss the features with an app developer. This helps you get a professional perspective on what can and cannot be done, and what should and should not be done during app development. A good mobile app developer should be able to suggest an efficient app with the most useful features and should avoid recommending adding of frivolous features to your app.

Clarify the ownership aspects

When you hire a mobile app developer, make sure you clearly communicate the ownership details about your app. Once the app is developed, would your business like to take over complete ownership and maintenance of the app, or would you require support from the app developer for its maintenance?

Can the developer work with your limited resources?

When looking for a mobile app developer, price should not be your only consideration. Of course, the developer should be one that you can afford, but don’t just hire the ones who offer the cheapest rates. Pick the right app developer who can meet your budget as well as time constraints, and can deliver a quality product with the highest ROI, well within the deadlines you specify.

Thorough testing

Make sure that you ask the app developer about their testing processes and how rigorously they test their apps before releasing them. Your business’s reputation depends on the mobile app you develop, so for a successful app launch, the app must be tested properly before it goes live.

Finalize the payment terms and conditions

This step is very important and must be completed before signing the app developer on to work on your mobile app. Ensure that your contract provides complete clarification regarding the payment terms and stages, before you start working with the developer.
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