How to Find an App Developer Who Can Handle Your Project
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
You may know your business inside out, you may understand all that there is to understand about your industry and you may even have the perfect idea and vision for an application that is going to help you connect with your target market more successfully than ever before.
However few hold sufficient understanding of application development to have even a relative modicum of confidence that they can find an app developer who is guaranteed to deliver the goods.
So in this blog article we explain in straight up, jargon free language how to find an app developer, (even for the seriously IT adverse and technologically challenged).
Begin with a well-defined brief and as finely honed an idea as possible
First and foremost it’s vital that your brief is as well-structured and as developed as possible (without so much detail that it’s at a stage that it can’t be shaped by a professional’s input).
This will help developers from the very beginning in appreciating the scope of the project, which will serve to ensure accurate quotes, timescales and developers that can confirm that they are suited to the project and able to complete the application.
Weighing up the choice between freelance application developer and application developer company
The freelancer market is staggeringly large, spanning the world over and numbering more application developers than it’s possible to count. Equally however there today exists an expansive number of application development companies, where there are businesses found for every industry niche.
So the question is how you choose between the two. The answer to which will largely depend upon the following factors:
- The size of the project – If the application is to be a large, enterprise wide application, for example, then you’ll likely need to choose a company with a development team.
- The timescales of the project – If you’re working to strict deadlines then you’ll likely need to opt for a team of developers who can develop the applications more swiftly.
- The application itself and whether it’s particularly niche – Industry leading specialists may be found in either the freelance or company realm.
These questions will give you a clearer idea.
Never base your choice on price alone
Prior to even beginning the shortlisting of candidates it’s vital that you appreciate that price alone should not be the deciding factor. An application should be thought of as an asset to your business, and an asset that should serve your company for the years to come. It needs to be well designed, both aesthetically and code wise, and it must stand up to the pressures of performing even under the demands of heavy usage.
Validate tall claims with testimonials, research reviews and talking with past clients directly
In an online world of experts you need to validate a freelancer’s or company’s proclaims to solid application development. So read through testimonials, research past client reviews through Google by tapping in the company or freelancer name + ‘reviews’ and get in touch with previous clients directly (if necessary). Checkout this great interview for an idea of the process.
Research the company’s or freelancer’s portfolio
Any company or freelancer worth their salt will have a portfolio to advertise the best of their work, so be sure to spend time researching this, paying particular attention to any applications that may be similar to your own. Here are some tips on how to choose a developer.
Once you’ve whittled down your shortlist ask for a detailed plan of milestones for the project’s development
Being certain that the freelancer or company in question can truly handle a project of your size may be judged upon the plan that is submitted for milestones and the key points for progression.
One benefit of gaining such proposals from numerous developers is that you can compare and contrast between them, and the ones where overly ambitious deadlines have been stated will stand out a mile (which, needless to say, are the ones that you should remove from your short list!).