So you’ve decided that you need a mobile app. Your business has reached the point where a mobile solution can take you to the next level, and you are looking forward to the possibilities that a fully functional mobile app can afford you. You might be coming from a start-up, small business, or massive enterprise, but your target is the same- a product which functions to develop your business.
However, you don’t have quite the right in-house capabilities for such an undertaking. Proper mobile app development is a complex process and requires a full-fledged team of experts. In today’s day and age, it is often the better choice to find an established company to do this development rather than going through the effort of finding the right individuals for an in-house team, especially if you are looking for your first app. A company, as opposed to an assortment of freelancers, already has established processes for working together efficiently and can provide a broader range of services and support.
So then, how to start your search?
1. The first step is to understand what you want.
Understanding your own requirement would help you filter the companies better. After all, before buying a car, don’t you first narrow down on your requirements? Ask yourself some question to understand what kind of application do you want? Do you want the application built in iOS, Android or Windows? Do you want a Native app or a hybrid app? What is going to be your user base? What kind of customers are you targeting? What kind of app development company are you looking for? Answering these questions will help you get closer to getting it executed.
2. Establish your budget.
Once you have identified the purpose and function of your app, you need to define how much money you are gonna spend on achieving your goal. The best way to set a budget is to speak to mobile app development experts, as there are no definitive guidelines for how much a particular feature will cost and it all depends on the context in which it is used.
Searching the internet will give you different estimates based on the size of the app and the quality of the developer, but here is an example of the rates of some app development companies in Berlin (Germany).
- Simple, table based app – $1,000 - $3,000
- Database App (native) – $4,000 - $50,000
- Games – $10,000 - $250,000
3. Start to contact mobile app development companies
Once you have a better idea of what your app will look like, how much you want to spend, it is time to make a long list of companies which fit your profile. The best place to start looking are sites which host profiles of app development companies located in Berlin, including descriptions of their capabilities and reviews of their past work. There are several factors to consider when comparing mobile app development companies, which will be outlined later.
Once you have your list, you can begin contacting the companies with a description of your app. This initial conversation will allow you to understand which companies are a good fit for you and which are interested in your type of project. Questions you should ask include:
- How much time development will take
- How much effort a project will require, in man-hours
- The approximate cost of the project
The answers provided by these questions will allow you to make a short-list of companies to compare. Further discussions with them will allow you to pinpoint the best match for you.
4. Check their Experience.
Nothing speaks like the experience. The best ways to decide the credibility of a company is to understand how long it has been in the market. How long have they been developing mobile apps? Having experience in mobile app development would usually translate to a varied and in-depth experience which in turn would mean a hiccup-free experience for you.
This includes having a look at their portfolio.
Ask for the portfolio and understand if the kind of application that you want to get built is something that the company is experienced in. Research about the past projects that the company has done. With the previous work, you would be able to judge the technical depth, better.
Go with your gut
Last but not the least and probably the most unconventional of all, do whatever your gut says. Ultimately, the application is your baby and just like how a mother can understand what doctor she wants for her baby, you also have the ability to judge the best app development company.
Although there is no foretelling when it comes to choosing a mobile app development team, these tips can help you significantly increase the probability of getting your app developed successfully.