What You Should Know Before Hiring an App Development Company

You’d be hard pressed these days to find someone who hasn’t used an app before – which is why finding the perfect app development company is so crucial. You want to send a good message, and provide a great service to your customers – or else they’ll get frustrated, and move on to competitors. But when looking for the perfect app developer, what should you keep in mind? What are some red flags you should avoid? In this article, we hope to go over a few of the points that can be pretty important when looking for an app development company.

Communication is Key

In order to create an app that meets your standards, your app developers need to keep in contact with you. This is so you can ensure they are on the right track, and are providing you with what you’ve asked for. It also means they have a willingness to work with you to get the results you desire, and are enthusiastic about the project.

When app developers don’t keep in touch, it often creates a level of uncertainty. What are you going to get? Are they working on it now? Have they run away with your money? You can’t be sure what they are doing at all, or if it will turn out the way you wish. Avoid these developers if you can.

What Do You Want?

This might sound obvious, but the first thing an app development company is going to want to know is what you want from them. App development companies don’t expect you to know everything about the technology and what you’d like, but they usually will need to know what goals you have in mind when you set out to create an app.

Some companies know that clients won’t always have complex ideas for what they want, and provide user experience design services to help prototype and develop the app in a way that is pleasing for customers to own, use, and troubleshoot. At Cognishift Technologies, user experience design is an important factor when creating apps, as it lays down the framework for how an app should look, run, and feel when used.

Even when UX design is offered, however, having a basic idea of what you’d like to create can help a company tailor an app to better suit your needs. Do you want an app that works on iOS only, or do you also want it on Android? How big do you envision the app to be? Do you have a design already sketched out? All of these things give the app developers you hire a better understanding of not only what they’ll have to make, but also what step in the development process they’ll have to start at, which leads into the next point:

Be Clear on Pricing

If you have a budget in mind for the project, be sure to let your app developers know. App development prices can vary significantly, depending on the size of the project and how far along in development it is. Giving your app developers a budget indicates to them how much time they should spend on it. An app with a budget of $5,000 is probably going to be less grandiose than an app with a budget of $20,000. It really depends on the complexity of the app and what your needs are. 

That being said, if something is too good to be true, it probably is. Be wary of app developers offering their services for much lower than competitors, as it’s possible they may be cutting corners to offer a competitive price (e.g. sacrificing performance). 

Understand Which Development Methodology You’ll Use

Apps can be developed in many different ways, but the two most popular methods of app development are the waterfall (traditional) approach, and the agile approach. Knowing which development methodology you want, as well as what your chosen app development company generally prefers, is an important factor in understanding how risky the project will be. Most companies prefer the agile approach – Cognishift Technologies uses this methodology, as it is generally safer than the waterfall approach, which puts all of your eggs in one basket.

The agile approach allows you to oversee and influence all stages of app development, and can quickly push out working prototypes. With this approach, you typically pay as you go; meaning that if something goes wrong, you will only have paid for the work done thus far. If a company uses the waterfall approach, it is not necessarily bad – but you are taking a bigger risk in doing so, and will get less say in the final product.

The Conclusion

When looking for an app development company, it’s important to plan ahead and scout your options. If you have an idea of what you’d like going in, and keep an eye out for communicative, flexible companies, then you’ll have a greater chance of success.

If you’re looking for an app development company, why not Contact Us at Cognishift Technologies? We’d love to work with you.

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