The question is no longer if you need an app; it’s what kind of app you should have. The journey to creating your first app can be a rough one. It can be a costly affair. It’s a process you absolutely want to be right. If you do not have in-house capacity within your company to develop an app, it’s time you consider outsourcing the services. There are many app developers today. But, how do you choose the right app development company? If you are not particularly a technology savvy, you need to develop a strategy of approaching the developer. Some developers have the habit of using language that is not understandable to their clients and they can easily swindle you. This article will analyze some of the questions you need to ask your app development company before giving them the job.
Have you developed any apps in the past?
A reliable app development company will have a portfolio of apps they have previously created. Do not just look at them; download them and have a closer look. Check for features, user interface, support and functionality. A good company will also have testimonials in their website. Check out these reviews to find out if the company has the experience and skills to develop the app you want. You also need to ask if they have the expertise in creating apps within your industry. This is because some apps are unique to an industry.
What is your physical location?
If you want apps that can be used your business, it is advisable to hire a company that is within physical reach. This is because you need to meet them occasionally to discuss about the project’s progress. Do not forget that you need to be heavily involved during the development process. If the development company is remotely located, try to find out how they can be contacted. Do they have a development team near your business who can assist you if there is a problem?
How will you handle the app updates?
Do not forget that an app needs to be maintained. With this knowledge, you need to ask if the company offers this service. Will they handle the updates that are necessary to enhance the app performance? Find out the time frame you expect the company to help you with maintaining the app and the charges involved. While at this, ask about the ownership of the app. You have the rights to own the app since you paid for it. This will require you and the company to sign a “copyright assignment” contract. It will state that you have legal ownership of the app.
Can the app make me money?
Many apps can be monetized to gain a return. If you are interested in making additional revenue from the app, ask if the development company has additional skills to carry out the task. Some of the ways an app can be monetized include fermium, advertising and charging for the app.
If you ask the right questions, you can be sure that the process will go smoothly. But, if you fail to learn your development company well, you might end up with a lot of regrets.