10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Mobile App Developer

Mobile apps have become a profitable way for the companies to generate high revenue. If you are associated with a company that does not have a mobile app yet, you’re probably missing an amazing opportunity to tap into new revenue streams. Today’s consumers are living with smart devices and smartphones and the big ratio of smartphone users live in the United States who usually use retail apps or shopping apps at least once in a month.

Having a smartphone app is a great way today to promote and market product and services, and if you would like to develop app for android or iOS that lets people buy your products or simple give access to users to review your products and coupons, so you must employ an experienced iPhone or android application developer who will build a customized app according to your business needs.

Below are the 10 important questions that you need to ask to the mobile app developer for Android application development or iOS app development to hire the right one for the job:

1. Where can I find examples of mobile apps you’ve developed?

The app developers who are experienced and qualified will provide you a list of apps they have developed for their clients or show you some of their major tasks that played a major role in developing any specific app with their links at App Stores. Or they will provide you links to their portfolios.

2. May I have a list of your current and past clients?

Talking directly with the candidate’s current and previous clients can be a useful way to ensure that what candidate actually developed for the client and how much professional he/she is in her work. When you’re checking references, it will give you an idea to know how reliable, responsive and results-oriented candidate is.

3. What kind of smartphone do you use?

This is an important question that will give you an insight into how passionate and knowledgeable a developer is about his specific mobile platforms. If a candidate says, he is an iOS app developer, then he must be an iPhone user. The same goes for Android and BlackBerry.

4. How can my app make money?

Remember that your ultimate goal is to make money with your mobile app. So the developer you’re hiring to build your app, must know exactly what features should be needed to develop for the app to make it profitable and revenue generating. And if you’re developing a free app, then make sure that the developer is experienced in how to integrate mobile display ads, in-app purchases or paid subscription services.

5. How will we communicate during the development process?

It is important for you to ask about the channels or project management tool that the developer and you would be using to communicate with each other during the project development process. Because the more clearly and often you will communicate, the more accurate and functional app will be developed. He might prefer to chat in person via call, skype or email or might she or he prefer to use one of renowned project management tool such as ‘Basecamp’.

6. What kind of special features can you create?

It’s a fact that the apps with special and useful features mostly grab customer’s attention. So discover the special features you would to like to have in your app and then evaluate your developer’s expertise on it.

7. Who will own the mobile app?

Normally the person or the company who is paying for the app development will own the final product. So it is your responsibility to make sure that you own all the rights for the app you have paid and ordered. To make this clear between you and the developer, you both should sign a written “Copyright Agreement” or a “Work Made for Hire” agreement. In addition, you must ensure that the document must include confidentially and state that you will own all the rights of app design, source code and all of its content.

8. How will you test my app?

In general, the app that needs to be tested is installed and run on the smartphone it will be used on. If you asked him to build an app for android then it will be tested on Android device. The developer will provide you explanation in detail of how you conduct a beta test of your app to find out any bugs.

9. Will you submit my mobile app to app stores?

Once you have approved your app after the beta testing and bug fixing, the final step will be developer to submit your app on the App Store for the approval to be sold there. Although app submission is a time consuming and multi-step process that your developer should already know how to effectively navigate through it.

10. What are your fees and payment terms?

You must make a written document that will specify the fee and payments terms of the developer. Whether you want to pay the developer by the hour or one-time flat fee, you need to specify each and everything in it. Contact us now to know more about our services.

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