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You’re thinking of outsourcing. You’ve looked at firms locally, out of state, and overseas. You’ve gone to those popular outsourcing websites your friend told you about where you could spend $5 and get a full-blown platform built…you know the ones I’m talking about. You’ve posted your project online and gotten a range of bids from a hundred bucks to a hundred thousand dollars and all from firms or freelancers who look like they know what they are talking about. They pressure you to pick them: now, do it now, right now! It’s overwhelming, and this is your baby, the idea you’ve thought about every day and night for weeks or months or even longer; this has to go perfectly.
What do you do?
Stop, wait, breath. This is a big decision but there are a couple things to keep in mind that can make this whole process go much smoother. The best thing you can do is take the time to write out a specification document and a flow document. This may sound confusing but you don’t have to be a state of the art programmer to write these. For a spec doc a simple bulleted list of all the features you can think of will work just fine and for the flow document try to explain as best you can what a user would experience when they come to your site or open your app for the first time and then take the reader through the process of what pages or screens the user will see and then which ones they can go to next. These two documents will save you a massive headache as you can give them to every potential developer out there and see what they say. This will be the guide for the developer to make your vision come to life.
After answering any questions from the potential developer on your flow and feature list the next step is pricing and how long it will take to bring the project to life. Development is a sticky business and you get what you pay for, most of the time. If you are hiring the guy that says he can build a full Tinder clone app in four weeks and for a cost of $1,000 you’re in for a lot of problems. We offer free quotes on projects so feel free to send us an email or chat with us directly on our website to get your free quote. Though it is possible that the developer could actually deliver most likely what will happen is those four weeks will turn into six months and when you do see the product it will not be what you were expecting or the developer will ask for more funds at every stage.
Most projects will go over the time the developer says for different reasons but the biggest ones are that some feature may have been listed in the spec doc but had extras that the developer did not anticipate and the client didn’t explain in detail thinking that the developer just knew. Though the developer may or may not charge you extra for these it will delay the project. A simple task that may seem easy may actually affect multiple features and could delay the project significantly. A good idea is to ask your developer for updates often, usually upon some pre-agreed upon schedule before starting the project, and that way you can work through any issues or changes that may come up and keep the project on track.
The key takeaways for outsourcing are to maintain communication with your developer, explain all features and the flow of your project in detail, and when it comes to pricing do your research on potential costs to deliver a proper product.
In today’s digital world, there’s nothing more exciting to a business or brand than a mobile app.
It not only makes everything easier and more appealing for the customer, but also adds a new and effective way of making money.
Unfortunately, most companies shy away from or procrastinate building a mobile app — especially in their startup years — due to fear over the cost. Many believe it costs an arm and a leg, but that’s not always the case.
In fact, there are plenty of different strategies that can help you properly budget your mobile app and phase out the development. This makes it possible for any business to offer a mobile app solution to their customers without having to break the bank.
HOW MUCH DOES MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT COST?
As you can likely imagine, the cost of mobile app development largely depends on the mobile app being developed and who’s developing it. Most developers charge an hourly rate and the amount of hours spent on the mobile app depends on the features and specifications involved.
Even if you’re working on a fixed-price contract, the developer will likely itemize each feature and task to determine the cost of development.
With that being said, most businesses and brands can expect to pay anywhere from $10,000-$250,000+. Where you fall on that spectrum can be generalized by the fast-good-cheap analogy, which explains:
Mobile apps that are fast and good, aren’t cheap.
Mobile apps that are fast and cheap, aren’t good.
Mobile apps that are cheap and good, aren’t fast.
You’ll get to decide which type of app you want, but this allows you to provide customers with a cheap solution that you can eventually build on, update, and upgrade. It gives you a good start, which is a point most companies and brands won’t get to.
BUDGETING FOR MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT
Every business or brand is going to have a budget when building a mobile app and it’s extremely important to respect that budget throughout the development process. It’s also important to leave yourself additional funds to support any changes made during the process.
Like we mentioned above, there are a wide range of factors that determine how much your mobile app costs to develop. Understanding these factors ahead of time helps you budget out your project and determine which areas you’re willing to invest your time and money into.
An accurate and documented budget is essential before you can start searching for the right app developer. That’s why it’s best not to pursue building a mobile app until you have a budget laid out.
To help you better prepare for the cost of mobile app development, we’re going to detail the most significant factors and how you can minimize the total cost with each factor.
NATIVE VS. WEB VS. HYBRID APPS
Deciding between building a native app, web app, or hybrid app is one of the first major decisions that affect the overall cost of the mobile app. More specifically, it will affect the amount of time that goes into the development, as well as the experience and knowledge required by the developer.
When looking at cost, a web app is going to cost less to develop than the other two — followed by a hybrid app, then a native app. A web app, however, is only available via a web browser and won’t show up in the app store.
A hybrid app is generally your cheapest option when releasing an app on an app store, largely because you’re building an app that’s compatible on multiple platforms — whereas a native app is only available on one platform. Unfortunately, hybrid apps don’t deliver the user experience, user interface, or overall quality that a native app provides.
If you’re looking for an app that looks and acts like a professional app, go with a native app. If you’re on a tight budget, a web app or hybrid app can help you keep the cost of mobile app development down. You can always switch to a native app at a later time when you have a deeper budget.
Your decision here will not only affect the cost, but it will also affect the type of developer you need. Different platforms and operating systems require different skills and experience, so you won’t be able to pick a developer until you know what type of app you need.
Once you determine the type of app you want to develop, the next major decision that factors into the cost of your app are the functions and features. Each feature you add to the plate will add to the overall cost, so it’s important to choose these features wisely.
As far as the function is concerned, mobile apps can be categorized into nine different categories: basic app (games), data-driven app (calendar), authentication app (user logins), social networking app (Instagram), ecommerce app (Amazon), on-demand app (Uber), marketplace app (both ecommerce and on-demand), and a hardware app (Beacons).
Certain apps require more time to develop, while others can be put together rather quickly. As you boil your mobile app down to specific features, you’ll want to write them all down so you don’t forget. It’s best to have a running list that’s always updated.
If you’re not on a tight budget, you can plan on hashing out a majority of those features right away. If you’re on a tight budget, however, you might have to pick and choose which features are most important to the user right now.
To keep the cost of development down, you’ll want to only focus on those important features first. The other features can be added as an update later on when you have the funds, which will actually give your users something to look forward to if marketed properly.
DESIGNING THE APP
Before an app can be developed, there needs to be a design. We know what most of you are thinking, but this doesn’t need to be a professional 3D-like design of your mobile app. In fact, this can be as simple as a drawing on a napkin – if that’s all you have.
The point here, much like the features of the app, you need to have some level of direction for the developer to follow. Without direction, your mobile app can fall off-track in no time.
When observing the cost of your mobile app, the design process will do one of two things:
If your developer has experience as an app designer (which most do), then it’ll mean more time spent on the app (which means the app will cost more).
If your developer doesn’t have experience as an app designer, you’ll have to take the time and spend the money on hiring a designer (which adds to the cost of your app).
There is a third option and it’s one most people take when on a tight budget — doing the design yourself and giving your developer some freedom in certain areas. It’ll allow you to have a sense of direction before the developer starts, helping you cut down on the amount of time spent developing the app.
In a way, developers enjoy it as well. The freedom gives the developer a chance to try new things and polish their own skills. It also shows you have trust in the developer, which adds to their confidence level.
THIRD PARTY INTEGRATIONS & APIS
Third-party integrations can add to the user experience and provide value to the user, but they also add to the cost of app development. Although you might want to go crazy with integrations and APIs, they aren’t always logical when looking at your budget.
You should always ask yourself whether or not an integration is vital to the app’s initial success when working on a budget. This can be rather difficult, especially considering all the integrations available — such as social media, speech recognition, camera, microphone, maps, calendar, and so much more.
Adapting your app so it can support the wide range of new technology we’re seeing in the app community should also be considered. Integrating your app to support things like smart technology, apps for cars, apps for video game consoles, wearable technology, and foldable technology can help boost its value — but also increase the cost.
TIME TO MARKET
Every project needs a deadline. Of course, when that deadline is will have an affect on the overall cost of the project. As a general rule of thumb, the more you rush the developer the more it will cost. Building a mobile app takes precision, which is difficult to do when being rushed.
If you’re working on a tight budget, avoid setting difficult deadlines and give your developer the time they need. Many developers are working on several projects at once, but they appreciate having projects lined up for when they complete one.
There’s really two things you want to pay attention to here — the amount of time you give the developer to start it by and the time it takes the developer to complete it once started.
You have a better chance of finding a developer that’ll give you a small discount if you give them time before starting. Likewise, you can save yourself some money by carefully selecting what features and functions you want the app to provide.
TESTING & MAINTENANCE
The final factor we want to highlight when determining the cost of mobile app development is testing and maintenance. Testing is something that can’t be ignored before announcing your app as ‘Ready for Release,’ but can also become an app owner’s worst nightmare.
The testing stage of the development process is where you get to see your app in action. Performance is extremely important in the app community, so avoiding bugs and errors is a must. Of course, this can’t be achieved without testing.
Having a developer capable of doing the testing will be the cheaper route, opposed to hiring a separate company to do the testing — just make sure your developer is skilled at it before proceeding.
Keep in mind, a quality developer generally leads to less errors, which leads to less time spent on testing, which reduces the cost of your mobile app. On the other hand, an inexperienced or lazy developer leads to a high amount of errors, which can wreak havoc on your budget.
FINDING THE RIGHT APP DEVELOPER
Developing a mobile app can be a complicated process, but having the right team by your side ensures your mobile app is put in a position to succeed. Although many startups are drawn to freelancers and self-employed developers, they often lead to higher costs and a longer time-to-market.
Since there are so many different stages to the development process — such as design, development, testing, and maintenance — we suggest searching for the best software development companies that provide all of the above. Having these services under one roof eases everything for you and ensures your users are delivered a quality app to enjoy.
When you’re ready to get started with your project, contact The Demski Group to speak with one of our highly-trained professionals. We’ll guide you through the process and help bring your mobile app idea to life!
It doesn’t matter who the app is for, what the app does, or why you’re creating the app, the developer is the one that will turn that idea of yours into a reality.
In a perfect world, the person who came up with the app idea will have all the knowledge and experience needed to complete the project themselves. Unfortunately, developing an app is a difficult process that most idea owners won’t comprehend.
If this sounds like you, there’s a good chance you’re looking for some advice on how to find the right app developer for your app idea. Don’t worry, we understand how much of a struggle this can be and we’re here to guide you through this essential process.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF PRIOR TO YOUR SEARCH
Before you can even start to search for an app developer, there are several questions you need to ask yourself to get an idea of what type of developer you need. App developers all come with different skills, backgrounds, and experience. Your job will be to find the developer that best meets your needs.
Below, we’ll detail some of the more prominent and pressing questions you should be asking yourself when looking for an app developer. Once you understand your vision, you can successfully start to inspire others with that same vision.
ARE YOU LOOKING TO LAUNCH YOUR APP ON IOS OR ANDROID?
When we have an idea for an app, we often think about all the fun and exciting stuff first. Not that it’s a bad thing, but the boring details about the app are just as important and need just as much attention.
You have to keep in mind that not every iOS developer will know how to develop an app for Android — and vice versa. Furthermore, you’ll have to consider who the app is for because certain demographics are commonly found on certain operating systems.
Once you can decide between iOS and Android — or both — you can start to narrow your list of potential developers. If you’re going to start with just one operating system, you’ll be better off hiring a specialist developer rather than a versatile developer.
WHAT TYPE OF DEVICES DO YOU WANT YOUR APP TO SUPPORT?
Much like the operating system, deciding what devices you want your app to support will play a crucial role in what developer you hire. When you finally start to sit down with potential developers, you’ll want to see examples of how their apps function on different devices.
With iOS, there won’t be a whole lot of different screen sizes since most smartphones and tablets are the same size. On the other hand, Android devices come in virtually any size, shape or form. Android developers will have to understand this if they want to successfully develop your app.
In addition to that, there’s a chance you might want your app to be available to web users, car users, smart fridges, watches, and much more. Since you won’t want to switch developers half-way through your project, these are things you’ll want to think about.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR BUDGET AND TIME FRAME IS FOR THE PROJECT?
Most app developers are going to charge different prices for their work. In a perfect world, the more they charge the higher quality you’ll receive. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and you’ll often be forced to stick to your budget anyways.
When you hire a developer, they will typically charge you hourly — the more they work, the more you pay. If you’re looking for ways to cut your budget, you can go through your list of features and decide which ones are most important. By waiting to add certain features through updates, you can pursue a developer that charges more.
Of course, timeframe will also play a role in your decision. If you need your app completed quickly, make sure you account for that in your budget.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A TEAM OF DEVELOPERS OR A SINGLE DEVELOPER?
You’re going to come across a wide range of different developers and agencies, each one coming with its own set of pros and cons. This can make it difficult when you’re finally ready to start searching, so it’s best to narrow this down early.
A team of developers will likely work quickly, be versatile, and have several developers with different talents — giving you range. Unfortunately, agencies are often more expensive, communication can be difficult depending on the size of the agency, and there’s a good chance your developers will be working on other projects at the same time.
With that being said, a freelance or self-employed developer will give you a much more personal experience and communication will be much easier because you’ll know who to contact. At the same time, they are only limited to what they know and they will often go to whoever is paying more — despite them still being less expensive than an agency.
DO YOU WANT AN IN-HOUSE DEVELOPER OR AN OUTSOURCED DEVELOPER?
Whether you’re looking at a team of developers or a single developer, you’ll also have to decide whether you want them to be a part of your brand or an extension of your brand.
Hiring them as in-house developers gives you more control over the work they perform on a daily basis. It’ll also set your app up for long-term success when you start to have developers purely focused on your app.
On the other hand, outsourcing your app development is often much less expensive and allows for much more flexibility when scaling your app. Keep in mind that having someone work remotely will create a communication barrier and you won’t really know how much they have on their plate at any given moment.
QUESTIONS TO ASK THE DEVELOPER PRIOR TO HIRING
Now that you have a much better idea of what kind of developer you’re looking for, it’s time to start finding the right one. You’ll already have a narrow list of developers to look at, but there will be some specific questions you won’t want to forget to ask during the interview process.
At the end of the process, you should be able to confirm four major things about the developers — their experience, their understanding of your vision, how their development process works, and their ability to maintain your app once released.
Since the questions below will likely spark more questions, let’s take a closer look at the most prominent questions to ask your developer before hiring them!
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE AS AN APP DEVELOPER?
There are multiple ways to get a feel for an app developer’s experience. First, you’ll want to look at their resume and education history because these will give you the brief rundown of everything. Next, getting to view their samples or full apps they’ve created is another great way to see their skill.
In addition to that, it’s always recommended to have them explain their experience in-person or through video chat. An app developer that talks with excitement is likely passionate about what they do. Likewise, you can often pick up when somebody isn’t that interested in what they do.
Finally, you’ll want to see what kind of companies they’ve worked with or apps they’ve built. If they have no experience in your niche, industry, or size, they likely won’t make a good match.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR?
You’ve been thinking about this app for a long time, but you likely haven’t tried to fully explain it to someone — enough that they can develop the app. When speaking with potential app developers, it’s crucial to give them enough information that they understand what you’re looking for, but not enough information that they can steal your idea.
Give them a brief idea of what you need, but focus more on how they would build it and what they could bring to the table. If it sounds like they can add a new perspective to your idea, it might be a good idea to shortlist them for later consideration.
You’ll also want to confirm they’re okay with signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) if hired. This will protect your idea when you start to give them the full details of your app.
CAN I TRUST YOU TO MAKE SWIFT CHANGES AND UPDATES TO MY APP?
Communication is just as important to developing an app as it is to developing a relationship — it takes two sides for it to work. The truth is, there are going to be a wide range of issues, fixes, new ideas, and changes of plans along the way and your developer needs to be prepared for it.
If they can’t respond to you in a timely manner and address core issues quickly, it will lead to massive delays with your time-to-market. Since you’ll also want to keep this developer long-term — beyond the release of your app — you won’t want to hire someone that will make your app look bad to the users.
Don’t be afraid to set expectations for them. Whether it’s response time or following a certain protocol, make sure you and the developer are on the same page.
WHAT DOES UI/UX DESIGN MEAN TO YOU?
If you thought you were going to develop an app without paying attention to UI/UX design, you thought wrong. In today’s modern world, there’s nothing more important to the success of your app than its user interface and user experience.
Most developers today understand this, yet most of them won’t follow the core principles surrounding this type of design process. Asking them what UI/UX design means to them will give you a clear idea of whether or not they even know what it is.
That’s not enough, though. You’ll also want to look at their past examples and ensure that they actually follow UI/UX design principles. You want a developer that walks the walk, not just talks the talk.
DO YOU PROVIDE TESTING, QUALITY ASSURANCE, AND MAINTENANCE OF THE APP?
Finally, we need to ensure your app developer will be around long-term. There’s no bigger frustration than having to hire a different developer to perform testing, quality assurance, and maintenance to the app. It’ll throw the entire project off and lead to further delays.
Keep in mind that your app is going to be prone to errors, bugs, and glitches that take away from the overall user experience. These will need to be taken care of swiftly to avoid users uninstalling the app due to neglect.
You can save yourself from this by building a solid relationship with a quality developer from the start. It’ll also make things easier if you come up with another app idea, since you’ll already have someone to work with.
By now, you should know exactly what you’re doing when you decide it’s time to start searching for an app developer. All that’s left to do is execute your plan and bring that idea to life!
If you’re ready to partner with a professional and experienced team of developers, you’ve come to the right place. Feel free to contact us today with any questions, comments, or concerns you might have about your project!