How To Find The Perfect Freelance Mobile App Developer

How To Find The Perfect Freelance Mobile App Developer

Mobile apps have become very good marketing and publicity tools. The demand for a mobile app has become very high. Right now, there are so many freelance app developers around. Hiring app developers could be a little difficult. In fact, incompetent freelance mobile app developers are beginning to outnumber the reliable ones so you need to be careful when hiring a freelance mobile app developer.

It will be a big mistake to hire the first developer that you get to meet. No matter how impressive his terms of service are, you still need to chat with a few more prospective developers before making a choice. It is then that you can make a well informed decision. If you hire the first developer that you come across, you may miss out on better deals out there. So, you should talk to at least three developers before making a choice.

Versatility is important

It is good to hire an expert that is skilled in other parts of digital marketing. It’s just like how you would prefer to buy all your items from a one-stop store, it is good to hire a developer that is knowledgeable about search engine optimisation and other IT fields. It will help save you a lot to hire the same personnel for all your digital marketing services other than hiring separate people specialists for each of them.

Good communication and presentation skills

You should hire a developer that has great communication and presentation skill. His communication should be free from all technical jargons that may confuse you. They should also be able to explain the benefits of each feature on your mobile app. The combination of confidence and good communication skills is a big sign of competence. You should never hire any developer that finds it difficult to explain things to you in clear terms especially the ones that keep making use of technical jargons. It is either he/she is incompetent or they are hiding something.

Consider experience

It is a good idea to hire the most experienced amongst the candidates. Experience usually comes with higher quality services. However, there is little challenge with experience. The most experienced one might offer the highest charges. If the charges are still within your budget, it is better to go for it. Quality does not come cheap.

Another problem with experience is that a lot of inexperienced developers usually inflate their years of experience to lure unsuspecting clients. To avoid being deceived, you need to request a proof of their years of experience. If any one of them does not have any proof, you can ask for samples of their past work. That should give you room to assess their innovation and creativity.

Ensure that he/she can incorporate analytics into your mobile app

This should be incorporated into your app so that you can be getting necessary statistics from the analytics on a daily basis. It is these statistics that will help you monitor the performance of your app. One of the important daily figures you can get from analytics is your daily crash rate. Other important daily reports that analytics give are listed below:

Number of views on every product: This is the figure of all the number of times each of your products was viewed by prospective customers.

Number of orders on every product: This is the figure of the number of orders on each of your products. This is very important because the number should be increasing each day. When the number of orders on any product begins to drop, it is a sign that something is going wrong with that product. You need to investigate and take corrective measures as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the number drops to zero.

The total number of users of your app: This gives the number of people using your app on a daily basis. This number should also keep increasing. If you see a decline, it means there is a problem somewhere. Find it out and deal with it.

The total number of active users of your app: This gives you the total number of people using your app actively. You also need to monitor this figure daily. More people should keep using it. Once new users stop coming on board, it is a sign that there is a big trouble with your mobile app. You should try to fix it as soon as possible.

The average number of minutes users spend on your app: This gives you the average number of minutes each user spends on your app. You should also work on increasing the average time users spend on your app. The longer they stay on your app the more they are likely to purchase your products.

Be wary of low charges

Another method that inexperienced developers use to attract prospective clients is by offering overly low charges. When a developer gives ridiculously low charges, you need to be careful. Most times, it is a pointer of a terrible job.

They should have a physical office

A reliable developer should have a physical office even if his home doubles as his office. There should be a physical office. Don’t rely on only information on the website. What happens if he/she does not deliver your job, does not respond to your mail and does not pick up your call? This is why you should confirm a physical office. Don’t depend on the address on their website. It could be fictitious or a wrong address. Don’t let anybody take your money and disappear. It rarely happens but it has happened before and it can happen again. Don’t be the victim.

Negotiate a bit

While all developers will lay out their charges like they are not negotiable, some of them can be negotiated downwards if only you try. Try to negotiate. You have nothing to lose. The worst thing that can happen is to hear “Sorry, we can’t go lower than that” or “Sorry, our charges are not negotiable”.
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Melissa Crooks
Melissa Crooks is Content Writer who writes for Hyperlink InfoSystem, a mobile app development company in New York, USA and India that holds the best team of skilled and expert app developers. She is a versatile tech writer and loves exploring latest technology trends, entrepreneur and startup column. She also writes for top app development companies.
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