Finding the right mobile app developer can be a daunting task, but it can be made easy if you have done your homework and have certain hiring criteria in place. The right app developer would work with you as a partner, meaning that he or she would take keen interest in your work and would attempt to understand your business before beginning the app development project. This is the key and you should make sure that you hire a partner who can add value to your business.
Here are some tips to hire the right app developer:
Motivation to understand your business
The first factor on your criteria to hire an app developer should be assessing his or her motivation to understand your business. You can judge this by the questions the developer may ask. The right developer would be curious and ask many questions about your business. He or she would also try to explain the app development process to you in easy language, so you can understand what to expect. They would share with you their experiences with similar apps and would offer creative inputs and expert opinions.
A good app developer would have extensive app development experience besides having competency in U/UX. The right app developer would show you his or her portfolio and credentials before you ask for them. You can even ask them to show you similar apps they have developed. Watch out for great features and beautiful user interfaces in their portfolios. You can even install one or two of those apps and see how they work. A good app developer’s products would work seamlessly. You can even check user reviews to get idea about the app developer’s skills and app performance.
Client testimonials play crucial role in hiring an app developer because they show whether or not the developer’s clients are happy with the product developed and the service provided. The best developer would voluntarily show you client testimonials. You can even write an email to one or two of those clients, asking if they would recommend the developer.
Remember, mobile app development is not a one-off transaction. It is an on going relationship. App development is not an end in itself, rather the means to an end. You would need developer support throughout the app’s life. Based on inputs and reviews you get from users, you have to continuously improve the app. So, you should watch out for a developer who would not abandon you upon completion of the app development project. You can make this sure by contacting the developer’s previous clients and asking about their experience with the developer.
Design and Price
How an app functions is very important, and equally important is how the app looks. A good developer would provide you graphic designs of how the app would look like before getting down to the actual development. You should ask for two or three designs and select the best one. Always go for a design that is aesthetically attractive, and displays the best and major features of your business in ways that would keep users stick around.
These tips would help you find and hire a good mobile app developer. It is always wise to do your homework and research before hiring an app developer.
Ted is the founder of Gainko. He started his first P2P hyper-local Mobile Internet product in middle 2012, and first social commerce marketplace in 2014, working with a group of incredibly talent software developers.