We now live in a world where the saying “there’s an app for that” has becoming literal and the norm. Because really there is an app for everything and we have come to a point that businesses need an app to thrive in this very competitive business field. But truth be told, it is going to be a massive headache for businesses because not everyone has an app developer on their team and hiring one is going to be difficult as talent is scarce and is costly to maintain. The solution? Why not outsource it? Why and how? Read on, you may find out it is easier than you think.
Making an app is not as easy as making a website. It may involve a lot of self-reflecting and asking deep questions. Why an app? What is the app for? Is it an extension of your website? Is it for a service or promo or program of your business? Is it just for one time use or do you want to monetize and make it sustainable? Android,iPhone, or both? Who are your audience? Is it for your employees or your customers? These are some questions that you need to answer and define before you approach an app developer. You need a solid foundation and definition what the app is for, otherwise, you’re just going to leave your app developer confused.
Once you have defined and put everything in place and you have a solid concept of what you want, it’s time to research for a developer that would hit that sweet spot that you want. Outsourcing can be shady and if you don’t do your investigative hunt for an app developer that would do your app, the consequences can be costly and time-consuming. Check for the developer’s background and expertise. Are they more competent and skilled in iOS? Can you afford another app developer specializing in Android or do you want someone that specializes in both? You also might want to check their body of work and testimonials from other clients so you can have a better grasp of your potential partner. Outsourcing requires trust and giving up some technical and creative control so you better find someone worthy of your investment in this venture.
Meeting your potential app developer or partner is crucial as you can ask the tough questions to clear the smoke and prep them up clearly for the plans you have for your app. In outsourcing projects as huge and expensive as this, you need to have a clear communication with them. This is also a time when you can observe and assess the person or company making the app and getting to know them well. Setting up a meeting can help you all to negotiate with the price and if the price is too expensive for you, this also gives a platform for the app developer to explain and justify the price for doing so. This is way more professional than completely ignoring a future developer just because you find them expensive, it’s a learning experience for you too!