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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Mobile App Developer

The mobile devices have become the prime instrument for spiking the sales of a product since mobile apps serve the purpose of effective market research to track the preferences of your target audience and generate a new stream of income for you. The device can turn to be the most profitable and money spinner business idea optimizing you company’s marketing efforts, sales, revenue and internal business. According to Statista, there are already over 3 million apps on Google Play Store and Apple Store combined. In fact, there are more Android applications in the Google Play Store than iOS applications in the Apple Store.

This competitive business environment magnetizing increase of sales products and services to market them; it has become important for every business – small and large – to create their own mobile apps for the success of the business. The costs are much more than the initial UX, design, development, or project management dollars. There will be at a minimum budget required for ongoing updates and potentially, some server costs.

Here are a few mistakes that you should try and avoid while hiring mobile app developers for your mobile app development project.

Mistake 1: Dismissing verification of credentials

Never hire a mobile app development company or app developers without verifying their credentials, experience or qualifications. Any potential developer candidate’s port folio with the previous projects they developed in the past. Try to contact and research with their previous clients. Try and download those mobile apps they have developed and get the look and feel of it. If you don’t like them, it’s time to knock some other door. Never by-pass this step in your selection process.

Mistake 2: Bias towards local mobile app developers

Local mobile app developers aren’t bad parse but narrowing down your choice only to local mobile app developers would be a grave mistake. Enterprises looking to offer their mobile apps to the world at large should avoid having a bias towards local mobile app developers as it limits you with few options. Remember you want a robust mobile app and it does not matter if it is built miles away from your location. It is important to keep your options always open while hiring app developers for your mobile development projects.  All you want to do is develop a mobile application that meets your business requirements and provides a user-friendly experience to your customers, so look outside of your city, state, and country, and hire the best developer for your business needs. Location doesn’t truly matter for app developers. In fact, there are many brands such as Apple, Skype, Slack, GitHub, and Alibaba that have used outsourcing services for their product development. Your business can succeed by outsourcing its app development, too.

Mistake 3: Prioritizing price over skill or expertise

A third common mistake that businesses and startups make while hiring an app developer is prioritising cost of app development over expertise. Yes, cost is one of the most important factors especially for small businesses and start-ups when it comes to hiring app developers. But you should never commit the mistake of prioritising price over skills while hiring mobile app developers who are good enough. Instead of choosing a low-priced developer for your project, look for developers who have developed quality and successful apps. Check their portfolio and hire them as soon as possible because such developers are in high demand. There are millions of apps out in the marketplace and a poorly developed one won’t do any good for your business. It is not mandatory that the mobile app developer has years of experience in the app development industry. If he/she has expertise in developing all types of mobile apps and can develop your mobile app the way you want, years of experience or price in the making shouldn’t matter. Do not be skewed towards costing.

Mistake 4: The jack of all trades versus a standalone freelancer

Several factors are necessary to launch a successful mobile app and all these need to be considered for a successful development process. This development process calls for calls for the individual skills of many professionals who are well-versed in their respective domains. In this regard, you should not be tempted to sign up with a standalone freelancer even if he demonstrates expertise in various technologies.

A development team which thrives with the intelligence of a business analyst, a UX designer, a front-end or UI Developer, a tester along with a strong maintenance team can become your best choice. Thus, it makes sense to hire a professional team as against a freelancer who has extensive knowledge about multiple platforms.

By Sandeep Chauhan

Sandeep Chauhan is a Software Developer at plancoders. He loves to build beautiful Mobile Apps, and Websites.

In the past, he has worked in companies like OpenText, Intel, CenturyLink, and Walmart Labs.

He is the founding CTO of Dealsite (prev WorkingGroupLink), GoPetie, and HRaspirin. Sandeep created the first version of Doc.com (prev Docademic), and helped develop ScaleLab product.

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