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8 Things to Look For When Hiring A Mobile App Developer

Plutonium Apps has collaborated with many individuals and startups to create successful mobile apps, and we have seen all sorts of failed projects come our way due to the wrong person or team being selected. If you're looking for an experienced developer to build your custom app, finding the right partner is more important than saving a few hundred or thousand dollars in creating your product. Read on to learn what you should look for when choosing a development team to help you create your app.

1. Amazing App Portfolio

Find a development team with a track record of producing high quality apps with beautiful user interfaces. We have a whole section of our website dedicated to showing off the quality of our work. Qualified candidates should be eager to provide you with links to download the apps they’ve made so you can determine whether or not they have the skills, experience, and vision to build your app.

2. Solid Design Skills

Did you know that nearly 80% of mobile apps are deleted within just minutes of being downloaded because of poor user experience design? How an app looks and feels is the single greatest factor that determines whether an app gains more loyal users or gets uninstalled. It’s no secret that most smartphone owners only keep apps that are beautiful and easy to use, so be certain to make design one of your top priorities when evaluating a developer’s skillset.

3. Offers the Whole Package

Building an app is not just about coding. It’s about crafting delightful and engaging user experiences. To do this, you need a team with well-rounded proficiency in product management, design, development, testing, App Store submission, and more. At Plutonium Apps, we assign each of these roles to a five-person project team and guide our clients all the way from idea to App Store. Be sure you understand the team’s development process and what will be expected of you.

4. App Industry Expertise

Great developers should always be on top of the latest trends and technologies that make your app stand out from the crowd. Whether it’s adding an Apple Watch extension or integrating 3D Force Touch capabilities, you need a team that knows the best tools and methods to make your app successful. Our team has begun developing apps for iOS 10 and emerging technologies like Virtual Reality to understand the most innovative solutions available for our clients. Make it a priority to choose a developer who is familiar with the app industry and market trends.

5. Knows How Your App Can Make Money

It’s likely that one of your primary goals is to generate revenue with your app, and your developer should know which revenue model is best for your app and be able to implement it. Whether it’s a paid app or a free app with an In-App purchase, be sure the developer is well versed in App Store Optimization and in-app strategies to attract loyal users and make your app go viral.

6. Easy to Collaborate With

Making an app is not a one-time activity. Apps go through many cycles and iterations based on user feedback, so take the time to make sure you’re hiring a fun and hard-working developer who understands your goals and vision. Regular communication is essential to convey the design and functionality requirements for your app, and a good development team should keep you involved at the center of the creative process.

7. Business Savvy

The most valuable development teams help you build and grow a business, not just an app. Aside from coding skills, there are several non-technical skills that will help your app be successful in the long run. This may include business model development, business strategy, raising investor funds, and marketing, just to name a few. At Plutonium Apps, we have helped guide clients to millions of dollars in funding, enabling new startups and entrepreneurs to take off. Check to make sure your developer has a proven track record at making products and businesses successful.

8. Clear Pricing and Terms

Every entrepreneur or startup has a budget, and it’s tempting to select a development partner based on who offers the lowest quote. You’ll often find that with the lowest cost option, especially when dealing with offshore developers, you get what you pay for. Sometimes, the added headache of uncommunicative or inexperienced developers isn’t worth the discount and can turn out to be more expensive if it’s necessary to redo the app because the quality wasn’t what you expected. Be sure to sign a written agreement specifying how payments will work. Most developers charge an hourly rate; we prefer a flat fee so our clients know the exact cost. Regardless, ensure the agreement you sign contains provisions detailing payment structure and IP ownership.

The relationship you build with your development team will likely last long after you launch Version 1.0 of your app. Look for a team that has the skillset to cover all aspects of building a successful product, and take the time to talk with different developers before choosing who to work with. It’s an important decision. Good luck!

About the Author

Seth Radman is the Founder & CEO of Plutonium Apps. He is currently a senior at Georgia Tech, where he is studying mechanical engineering and is a member of the Yellow Jacket Marching Band. When he isn't working for Plutonium, Seth enjoys playing the saxophone, ultimate frisbee, and tennis.