Perhaps the least surprising thing you’ll read today is that mobile app development is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. Businesses ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies recognize that apps are a must-have in 2019; the benefits are endless, such as boosting sales and user engagement. There’s no question that you should develop a mobile app for your business, but there are questions you should be asking a development agency before hiring them to create your app.
- Can I see some of the mobile apps you’ve developed before?
Qualified developers should be excited to show you their portfolio and provide you with a list of apps they’re responsible for building. This is one of the best ways you can tell if you’ll get a good ROI.
- Can I speak with some of your clients?
Many agencies have profiles on review sites like Clutch, where you can read unbiased and verified accounts detailing mobile app development projects. Ask your candidates if you can speak to some of their past or present clients; this will give you invaluable insight into how the candidate performs and whether they have the experience necessary to understand your business model and customer base.
- How skilled are your developers?
This may seem obvious, but make sure the agency’s developers have the skillsets necessary to build the features and functionalities you want on your app. Ask for links to the developers’ GitHub and LinkedIn accounts.
- Do you follow coding standards and use a framework?
We highly recommend hiring an agency that uses web application frameworks, which are organized coding systems. If you ever need to bring the app to another agency, it could be hard for other developers to work on it without a framework in place. For example, most agencies use Bootstrap as a standard coding practice. Does the agency you’re considering use Bootstrap?
- Can you build apps for different operating systems?
Keep in mind that some developers specialize in coding for Android apps, while others only do iOS.
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- How will you manage the development process?
The quality of your app depends on how effectively you relay your app design and functionality requirements, so make sure the candidate is open to frequent communication and feedback. Ask whether they use collaboration tools, such as Asana, Trello, or Jira, which allow you to see the developer’s progress in real-time.
- How can I make money off my app?
If your main goal is to generate revenue, the developer will need to know how to build in features that will allow you to make money.
- Who will own the mobile app?
Typically, the individual or company paying for a mobile app will own the finished product. To be sure you own all of the rights to the app you commissioned, you and the developer should sign a written contract.
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In 2018, global mobile app revenues amounted to over $365 billion USD. In 2023, mobile apps are projected to generate more than $935 billion USD in revenues via paid downloads and in-app advertising.
Don’t miss out on this potential income for your business—find the perfect mobile app developer for you on great platforms like Clutch, where we are ranked as a top app developer in Delhi, and The Manifest, where we are listed among the best web design agencies in India. And don’t forget to ask the right questions!
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