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We’ve had a lot of people writing in asking for advice on how to find good web / mobile developers.
My urge is to immediately respond “YOU’VE JUST FOUND THE BEST”; that’s exactly what we offer – as you know.
But – I usually manage to hold back the urge and instead offer some sound advice.
And today, I’m going to talk about the first few BIG MISTAKES to avoid when hiring web / mobile app developers. Here we go:
Mistake #1: My nephew / neighbor’s kid / brother-in-law / office manager knows this mobile app development stuff and can take care of it!
Most people look for a part time “guru” or “freelancer” for one reason: to save a few bucks; but this often comes back to haunt them. We frequently get calls from business owners who desperately need our help to get them back up and running or to clean up a mess that was caused by an inexperienced neighbor, friend, or relative who was just trying to help.
If the person you have working on your app does not do mobile app development and support for a living, there is a good chance they won’t have the knowledge or experience to truly help you – they are a hobbyist at best.
And do you really want a part-time, inexperienced person responsible for handling something as important as your mobile app?
As with everything in life, you get what you pay for. That’s not to say you need to go broke to find a great mobile app development company, but you shouldn’t be choosing someone on price alone.
And another thing: you might want to find a mobile app developer that will be dedicated to you and your needs ALONE. Freelance mobile app developers usually have multiple employers and that means multiple people vying for their attention. At critical times it could be someone else who gets it; leaving you ‘out in the cold.’
Mistake #2: All mobile app developers are created equal. Your best option will be the one who offers the lowest price.
You get what you pay for. A cheap price usually means a cheap job. Really good programmers do NOT work cheap because they are in high demand just like every other professional service category. The only programmers that will work cheap are those that are just starting and they are grossly inexperienced.
And some shops will hire college kids or newbie developers because they will work for next to nothing to gain experience, OR they allow interns to support your mobile app projects because they don’t have to pay them at all – but what you don’t realize is than an inexperienced developer like this can end up costing more because:
- They improperly diagnose problems, which means you’re paying them to fix the WRONG thing and STILL won’t resolve your problem.
- They could take 3 to 5 times as long to do the same project an experienced developer could finish quickly. Again, you’re paying for those extra hours.
- They could do MORE damage, costing you more money and downtime.
With you and your image at stake, do you REALLY want the lowest priced shop working on your mobile app development projects?
We take the view that most people want value for their money and simply want the job done right. You’ll find that we’re not the cheapest, but we don’t apologize for that. As the owner, I decided a long time ago that I would rather explain our higher rates ONE TIME than to make excuses for POOR SERVICE forever. That said, we’re not the most expensive either. We simply feel that we should offer a good service at a fair price. That’s why we’ve been able to stay in business for over 6 years and have many clients who’ve been with us that entire time.
That’s it for today!
I’ll be back next time with PART II.
See you then,
PS: Here’s how we helped this client:
“I’ve developed hundreds of websites and run in-house developer teams and freelancers. In-house teams are very expensive and inflexible and trying to build a sustainable business with the unreliability of freelancers is just impossible.
I needed a dedicated, outsourcing service that delivered fast, reliable, quality results at a cost that made sense. And quite simply that’s why we partnered with DedicatedDevelopers.com. We’re saving around 50% on costs, productivity is up 75% to 100%, we’re seeing a 250% ROI and I’m less stressed than ever before! I highly recommend DedicatedDevelopers.com.”