If you want to build your own app one of the first questions is "how to hire an app developer?". If you want to digitize your current company or launch your startup, you need to hire an app developer to accomplish your business goals.
You need to consider different options to hire your perfect candidate. In the beginning, you can start to search for an app developer through personal recommendations and connections or social networks like LinkedIn, Indeed, or even Reddit. Besides, you can use online directories that list app developers like Clutch, GoodFirms, and AppFutura.
There are 5 options to choose from, with their advantages and disadvantages, when hiring app developers.
1. Hiring an in-house team
At first, you can hire an app developer internally. Depending on your project, one developer may not be enough. As a rule, an app development team includes 5-7 professionals like the Quality Assurance Engineer, Project Manager, iOS and/or Android mobile app developers, backend (server-side) developer, and the UX/UI Designer to cover all areas needed to develop a successful application.
On the one hand, you can fully control the app development process and have close daily communication and cooperation. But on the other hand, this variant is the most expensive and time-consuming. Take into account additional expenses for office space, equipment, and taxes, as well as the organization of HR procedures, and the development process itself.
2. Hiring a local boutique team
The second option is to hire app developers from a local company, which will save you a considerable amount of time for the organizational process. It will cost you less, but still, large investments will be needed.
3. Hiring an app developer on a freelance website
One more variant is to hire an app developer from different online platforms and sites like Upwork, Freelancer.com, Fiverr, etc., where the service of app development is the cheapest. It is the single benefit of this category.
A good idea is to hire an app developer from a freelance platform only for simple or short-term tasks. The most important issue is the huge communication gap between the freelance app developer and the client. Moreover, all the management and the whole monitoring process lies on the client’s shoulders.
It is worth mentioning that you should always check the reviews, tech tests, and completed projects. Take into consideration that many can show a non-existent portfolio and tests do not always show the bigger picture of the developer’s capabilities.
Furthermore, there are sometimes ghost developers who hide behind low prices and there are potential risks with uncertainty and security.
Finally, if you are not pleased with the end result, you will begin the process all over and hire an app developer again. Very often the code lacks sufficient quality to be used the second time. In the beginning, it may seem cheap, but then it can be rather resource-intensive.
4. Check up on body shop companies
Nowadays a lot of shady development companies have appeared. They typically provide low-priced app development services.
It happens because they underpay their employees and use amateur or recent graduates as cheap app developers for their coding services. That is why your project may end up having deplorable code quality and performance. Think well before hiring app developers from body shop firms.
5. Services of dedicated mobile app development agencies
Finally, you can use the services of dedicated mobile app development teams. They provide complete service starting from app project concept finalization to the app release and further support & maintenance.
By the way, depending on the region, they can have a very good price and quality. For example, Eastern Europe is famous for its highly qualified mobile app developers. In Ukraine, an hourly rate to hire an app developer is about $30-$50 per hour, which means that the average price per app project is about $50,000.
Besides, these companies usually have a long-running history, 10 years of app development outsourcing experience with developers that are in-house employees. Due to harsh competition, they value their reputation, brand, and clients.
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