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Brand & Business: SavvySME on outsourcing app development and things to consider before doing it

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — There’s a lot of work to be done when developing an app, and some of the most intimidating at that. That’s why outsourcing it to an expert may be a great option for businesses needing to develop an app for whatever reason.

In a discussion in the SavvySME community someone asked, “How can you tell if an app developer is good when outsourcing your app?“

Allisha Martin said, “I would suggest you understand the capability of the app developers. Analyze whether they are capable of understanding all your business requirements and also they are able to provide creative solutions in building mobile apps. Analyze their experience and skills.”


True enough, understanding the business requirements is one of the most important when planning and executing an app development.

Phil Khor, Founder at SavvySME puts an emphasis on going with someone who really knows what to doing otherwise will cost any business a hefty sum by saying, “In order to find a good app developer, you need to see if they are experienced or know about app development in your particular industry or business model. This is crucial as many people with app ideas but without technical knowledge ends up paying a hefty sum, wasting time or ending up with a subpar app riddled with bugs.”

Cliona Elliott, Senior Editor at SavvySME, also gave a few things to consider in outsourcing app development:

Money-back guarantee – choose a developer that provides a money-back guarantee or revision policy. Make sure this is clearly outlined in the contract before you sign anything.

Cost breakdown – a good app developer will provide a breakdown of the project costs including any additional charges like GST. There should be no surprises when you pay your final invoices.

Avoid app developers who request you to pay large sums of money upfront – there should be an initial cost to pay, but the rest should be paid in milestones or when the final work is delivered.

Adequate experience – your developer should have the skills and experience to deliver your project outline. Have they worked on similar projects or with similar businesses? These are important questions to ask.

Time zone differences – outsourcing a developer may mean you are working in different time zones. Decide whether this will be a barrier for you before you begin your search.

Great communications skills – a good developer will run you through the project plan and be clear on how they will communicate with you. This is partly your responsibility to set clear expectations on how you want to be involved across the project from the beginning.

Cheapest isn’t always best – no matter which service you’re looking for, it’s often a case of ‘you get what you pay for’. Don’t be tempted to go for the lowest quote before doing your research and reviewing a developer’s portfolio.

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