Your company has decided to hop on the mobile app bandwagon. They should, after all, since there are more than 2.1 billion smartphone users worldwide, and smartphone users spend 90 percent of their mobile time on mobile apps (not browsing the mobile web). If your company isn’t tech-savvy, or you are but don’t have enough time or hands to create an app, you may consider hiring a mobile application development company. Mobile application development companies have a team of dedicated development experts that can ensure that your app ends up working well — and looking good. If you’re thinking about hiring a mobile application development company, check out the helpful information below. This info can help guide you through the process of hiring a company — from the research phase to sealing the deal.
Start Online to Find Initial Options for a Mobile Application Development Company
The first place to start when you’re thinking of hiring a mobile application development company is by doing an online search. Consider searching for development companies in your local area, since that will allow you to go into your office and meet with representatives from the company in person. While you do your research, look at things like reviews of the company from former customers (and even employees), look at the length of time it’s been around and try to find out information about previous projects they’ve completed and clients they’ve worked with. This can give you a good sense if the company does good work, and if they’re a good fit for your project.
Look at the Cost of Creating an App, and Compare It With Your Budget
Come up with a budget for your app, then look at pricing information on the websites of the companies you are interested in. If there is no pricing information on the websites, contact the companies via phone. You can have an initial conversation with someone on the marketing or sales team who can let you know if their company can make what you want for the price that you want to pay.
Meet With Representatives from the Company (or Companies)
Go in and meet with the mobile application development company or companies you’re interested in working with. The companies will probably have a sales or marketing representative meet with you, but you may also get a chance to speak directly to developers. Outline your ideas for your project, and listen to their responses. Make sure that they can create a custom app for you if you want, and that they seem to have values and passions that align with your own.
Call or email former clients and get an idea of what it was like to work with the company. You want to ensure that they were both happy with the product, and that the experience was enjoyable.
Make the Hire
Once you’ve found a company that seems like they can fulfil your vision (and that clients like working with), you can get in touch with the company to hire them. You can expect to pay a portion of what you owe for the app upfront — and then the rest in instalments later.
If you think you’re ready to hire a mobile application development company, start doing research. You may stumble upon a company who has done work that you admire and enjoy. Get in touch with that company to find out their availability and rates, and you may just find that you’ve discovered the perfect company to make your app idea a reality.
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Simon has worked in the software industry for over 20 years; intent on always producing work of the highest standard and creating software products that genuinely makes things better for people. Simon has previously held positions ranging from Developer, Technical Consultant, Head of Development through to CTO and more recently founder and CEO of several high profile technology companies.