5 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Mobile App Developer

If you are looking to hire an app developer or a development company, you probably feel that the learning curve for app development is quite steep. On top of your priorities will be ensuring that you hire the right team for the job and that you shouldn’t let anyone take advantage of you because of your lack of knowledge in this domain.

Fortunately, Voltic Labs is here to help! We have compiled a list of questions that you can ask your potential developer, hopefully this will give you a better understanding of what to look for when choosing the best team for your business or startup!

1. How much will the app cost?

Software estimation is very tricky and can be difficult at times, but its always good to get a good approximation for your app.
Estimating software projects is usually not an easy task, but a good developer should be able to provide accurate estimates.

This is the hardest question by far, because no two apps are alike. A good developer should be able to provide an approximation based on their previous work. You should also look into their portfolio and ask for the prices that they charged making other apps, it will give you a rough idea of how much they should charge you based on the technologies, level of detail, time commitment and so on.

Keep in mind that there is no magical sphere that app development companies like us can look through and give you an exact quote, but a fair estimation will help you plan ahead.

2. Are you going to develop a Native or Hybrid app?

Does the turtle always win? Well, it depends which compiler he’s running on.
Photo courtesy of Simon Ward.

To answer this question, you need to look at what you want your app to accomplish. If you want a simple app that doesn’t utilize many of the native platform features you can most likely get your app developed across both platform iOS and Android using hybrid technologies such as Xamarin, Flutter or React Native.

Keep in mind, although hybrid apps will seem like the preferred choice due to their spread out cost structure. They do come with their own drawbacks, including limited support from developers and an always lagging update curve.

Native apps on the other hand will provide you with a hassle free experience, maximum support from many of the developer resources and a scalable code base that can be customized for the platform. They will cost more, but they will save you lots of time and help avoid headaches if you were to implement changes later on.

3. Can I download your apps?

Go through the potential developer’s portfolio and download and use their apps yourself. This will allow you to get a sense of what to expect in your end product. 

Keep in mind that not every developer will have their projects on the app store, because some apps might still be going through development or they could have built custom apps designed for off the store use, so they might never need to publish them. But nevertheless, ask for some kind of product that you can get your hands on.

4. Any references?

A good word of mouth from any previous client goes a very long way.
A good word of mouth will increase your confidence.

Always ask your developer to provide some sort of references, preferably from folks that have worked with them previously. This will allow you to gain insight into not only how they deliver on their promises but also about what to expect from the developer in terms of time commitments and so forth as they work on your app.

It will give you the opportunity to meet real people with real projects completed by the app development company, instead of reading someone else’s reviews online.

5. Can I meet your team?

Teams are critical to the success of your app.
Image Courtesy of Bare International.

The best piece of advice that we could give you is that you should meet their actual development team. You will want to get to know the designers and technical folks that will work on your product. It will allow you to freely transfer your thoughts and expectations to the very group of people who will code your app.

It will also enable you to express any hiccups or bugs along the way in a much easier fashion. You will benefit by getting a deeper understanding of many technical terms, design patterns, buzzwords, tech know how and much more by the end of the app development cycle.

In Conclusion

Putting your trust in any app company is a pretty big undertaking, we totally understand that. You invest a lot of time and capital into your business and startup, so we hope that this article gives you a rough idea of what kind of questions you should ask before you make that final decision.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us via email at hello@volticlabs.com and we will be happy to assist you with a commitment free consultation!

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Safi

Safi is a Developer at Voltic Labs. As a software engineer, Safi is excited about working with machine learning, specifically Neural Networks to build smarter systems. Outside the scope of work, Safi enjoys cooking meals, mountain biking and competitive weight lifting.

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