Find a talented developer or agency
You’re set on your app idea and want to move forward. Your next step is to find a good developer.
It’s not unusual for people wanting an app thinking that they “just need a developer” to build their app. It’ll be much cheaper going this route. Or we can hire someone from India where the hourly wages are 10 times less than in the US. That’ll save us 10 times the cost.
You can say we have an interest of conflict advising you not to go these routes as we’re a digital agency providing app development, but we have good reasons.
An app developer alone can’t build a quality app
Let’s use an analogy. Imagine you want to build your dream house. Would you only hire a carpenter to build the entire house or would you benefit from having an architect, a plumber, roofers, an electrician, and a project manager? Probably so.
Apps are built in a similar way. You can’t just code an app. You also need to conceptualize, build requirements, wireframes, designs, prototypes and testing. It requires a team of professionals to create a quality app. You get this by hiring an agency, not a lone developer. At Inspire Visual we customize the teams based on the size of the app, so you’re not paying for more than you need.
So why not outsource to India?
First of all, there’s the time difference. They work at US nighttime and are off work during your work hours. That makes it difficult to set up calls to review progress, discuss challenges and the like. It also slows down production as you can’t just pick up the phone and get an answer right away, but have to wait until the next day.
While it’s true that Indian based companies in general can offer lower hourly rates, those savings are quickly consumed and exceeded as both project management and lower quality code requires a lot of extra time and headache on your part.
Do you homework when you look for a company. A lot of seemingly US based companies are merely store-fronts with US addresses, but actually Indian based.
Of course, even using a domestic agency still require you to do your homework. Look at their portfolio, read reviews, call and ask them questions and get a feel for their competence.