8 Steps to Hire Best Freelance App Developer App developers have become invaluable to entrepreneurs and business owners. Fortunately, there are many app developers in the market and finding one to hire isn't hard these days

By Mayank Pratap

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Mobile is new oxygen; People can live without food but not without mobile.

App developers have become invaluable to entrepreneurs and business owners. Fortunately, there are many app developers in the market and finding one to hire isn't hard these days. However, the problem is to find the right fit for your business need. The entire process requires careful thought and consideration. So how to find one who'll add value to your idea?

Here are 8 useful steps to assist you:

1. Trainee barber can cut your Nose: Don't hire New

When looking for app developers for hire, you should look for a professional. Someone who takes care of the development and also gives input to make product better. Ask whether he has worked on similar domain? any previous experience. If he is new to the development industry then don't take risk. Old is Gold and New is silver.

2. Nothing comes easy in life, even Santa comes with clauses: Get NDA Signed

It is important to choose someone you can trust and build long-term business relationship. Get NDA signed before sharing your idea, you can find NDA format in Google or Ask developer to share his NDA Template.

NDA terms are;

  1. Not to share your code,
  2. Reuse your code,
  3. Can't work on similar domain or idea for 2 years,
  4. Can't work with your competitor,
  5. Company or his employees cannot start company using your idea or it's piece.

3. Customer is King and Kings choose best: Don't look for cheap

All companies have a development budget, and it is understandable to work within that budget. However, you should never let price alone drive your choice of an app developer. Let the product and the quality of the developer's work determine who you hire. In some cases, the cheaper option may turn out to be a waste of money, and they could become more expensive in the long run. The extra costs may apply if the app does not turn out the way you expected it to, and you have to pay another developer to build a new one for you.

4. Geeks don't lie; Show me portfolio

There are many talented developers out there, but their style may be different from what you want for your app. It is important to ask for portfolio before hiring him. When going through his samples, check out the type of user interfaces and their expertise. The portfolio can always help you to determine who is best according to your need.

5. When I write a code, only God and I can understand it

Ask the developer to give you the contact information of some of his past clients. Contact his previous customers to get feedback on the quality of his work. Talking to former customers can help you understand the app developer's work ethics, his time management skills, and his communication skills. Tell him your future plan like setting in-house team after funding or doing in-house development later. Does he write proper comment and help previous clients to handover code?

6. If you do it right, it will last forever; Poor Design doesn't last

While the functionality of an app is critical, businesses should not ignore the design. It is important for the app to serve its purpose while being easy to use.

Work with developers who put an effort in making the app more interactive and easy to use. It is also important to hire a designer or team with designer who considers the whole package and not just the coding aspect of the app development.

  1. Write your idea in doc, use "Requirement Docs" sample format,
  2. Do some rough design, it's ok to have pencil sketch than nothing,
  3. Share samples type of design or look for competitive app,
  4. Do a bit of research and share the links of the website/App that you like. So that your designers can have better understanding of your likes and dislikes.

7. Communication is key and Lock too

How well the developer communicates with you during the hiring process can give you a glimpse of future. If they do not return your emails on time or respond to your calls or messages, look for someone else. It is important for the developer to give you weekly work progress report. You should have frequent calls initially, later weekly meetings are enough.

8. Multitasking improves productivity and slows Delivery

Some app developers are very talented in what they do, but they may have many orders on their plate. Such developers may not be able to deliver your work on time. They may also not have the time to update or tweak your app in future. Before hiring the developer, have an honest conversation with him about your expectations. Ask them about their schedule, the number of projects they are currently working on, and how available they are to concentrate on your project. Give them your timeline and deadlines, and ask them whether they can be able to deliver within the set time. No one can give you exact time, approx. estimates are ok.


It is easy to find and hire different app developer for different domains. However, it is important that you should have a clear vision of what you want, and then choose an app designer who can help you build your dream.

Mayank Pratap

Co-founder of Engineer Babu

Mayank Pratap is a bad speaker but Awesome Earphone; He listens and advises startups to do regular things in innovative ways. Co-founder of EngineerBabu that helps Startups to find Perfect Tech Partner, Global Standards in Indian Style

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