After you’ve picked platforms and listed the features, consider hiring options:
- working with a freelance developer who lives nearby
- signing a contract with an app development company from neighboring countries
Let’s see how different they are.
Hiring a freelance app developer ‘near me’ is cheaper compared to a software development company. But it works well only for small one-time tasks—like adding PayPal integration or fixing a shopping cart.
If we’re talking about apps built from scratch, one freelancer can’t be responsible for all the job:
- competitive analysis and market research
- preparation of UI/UX design
- development (often done for two platforms that use different programming languages)
- quality assurance testing
- release to marketplaces
Even if you have a multi-skill developer, it’ll take years to make a complex app by one person.
And if you hire a few freelance app makers ‘near me’ + UI/UX designer + QA engineers, you need to hire a good manager, too. Or be a good manager yourself. Freelancers don’t communicate with each other, so you’ll need to make sure they work synchronously.
Working with an app development company may cost more. But in turn, you get a full team from Business Analysts who will analyze your requirements to a Project Manager who watches over the process from start to finish.