There were approximately 1.2 million total active mobile app developers in leading app stores as of January 2017 – 724,000 who developed a Google Play app and 494,000 who developed an Apple app.
Having a unique mobile app idea is difficult, but sometimes finding the right mobile app development team for the project is even more challenging.
There are many mobile app developers. How do you find the right one for your app idea?
Partnering with the right app developer can add value to your development and help you maximize revenue for your app business.
This article provides tips to help you find the right mobile app developers, who can turn your app idea into a successful reality.
Compare Developers Across the Globe
In the global economy, we are not bound by schedules or distance when choosing service providers, so it’s possible to work with an app developer in a different country.
For example, the U.S. used to lead the world in software developers. By the end of 2018, however, India will have approximately 5.2 million developers, compared to 4.5 million in the U.S.
India can also offer lower rates than the U.S., Western Europe, and Australia.
India is an inexpensive option with a large labor pool, with rates averaging $18-25 per hour.
Make sure you research developers outside the U.S., as you might find a good mobile app developer at a cost-effective rate.
Examine App Developers’ Profiles
People who are looking for the right app developer frequently use reviews and freelancing websites, where they can learn about developers’ profiles, former clients, and projects.
There are various freelancing websites that your business can use, including Upwork, People Per Hour, Toptal, Elance, and Guru, all of which have developers for hire.
For example, on Upwork, you can hire mobile app developers on both hourly and fixed-price rates. Upwork also has a time-tracking tool that shows how many hours a freelancer has worked.
These freelancing websites allow you to research different app developers according to their skills and expertise, years of experience, previously developed apps, and list of clients. This information will help you make the right decision and hire the right app developer for your project.
Other sites, such as Clutch, provide directories to help you find experienced and skilled mobile app developers. Clutch’s database allows you to find verified developers based on their ratings and reviews to make the best developer choice for your company.
List Top App Developers & Compare
After you search for developers, create a list of potential partners.
Once you make a list, you need to ensure the app developer meets your expectations.
Consider asking about the following list of items and capabilities to help you determine the developer that best fits your company.
Portfolio of Past Projects
This is one of the first and most important questions you should ask an app developer. Experienced and skilled developers usually have and are willing to share a list of their apps and projects.
Make sure to follow up and find those apps in the App Store or Google Play Store to check out their features and functionalities.
Examining developers' portfolios will help you get an idea about the developers’ experience and skills and learn if they can handle your app development project.
List of Former Clients
With a list of former clients, you can ask for references to see how the developers work with clients.
You can learn important details from contacting, such as how reliable and results-oriented the team is along with their work ethic, commitment, and expertise.
Don't be afraid to ask for more references until you are satisfied with the answers you get from the clients.
As of March 2017, there were 2.8 million Android apps and 2.2 million Apple apps.
With such huge competition, if you want your app to get consumers’ attention, it needs to be innovative and have truly useful features.
Ask developers what kind of unique features they can add to make your app stand out among the competition.
How often you communicate with your development team directly affects the quality of your application.
The more you communicate with developers, the better they will understand the requirements and expectations throughout the development process.
Ask them whether they prefer to chat in person or by phone, Skype, or instant messenger. You can also ask if they prefer to connect with you on any project or task management system, such as Asana or Basecamp, and how often they will interact with you and provide updates about the project.
Hire the Best Mobile App Developer
By conducting research and asking the right questions, you can hire the best mobile app developer for your project.
The right app developer will understand your business and goals and develop a high-end app. This is an important decision, so choose wisely.
About the Author
Jyoti Bharwani is a content manager at Space-O Technologies. For more than 6 years, she has spent most of her time writing about mobile apps and mobile app marketing. She has recently published articles on the latest technologies, such as blockchain and augmented reality. In her free time, she enjoys reading non-fiction books.