2018 showed impressive growth in the app industry, and there’s no surprise many business owners want to get in on the action. However, app development could be an expensive venture, which is why so many businesses turn to an app development company in India.
While this may be the “more affordable” route, it’s not without its risks that can cost you more in the long run. Here are some important factors to look into before hiring an app development company in India.
View Their Portfolio
Just because the company can create apps doesn’t mean they have experience in your specific kind of app. Consider how advanced the features your app will need are and view their portfolio to see if they have experience in these areas.
For example, you’ll want to see if they have a pre-existing app that utilizes private messaging if you plan on having private messaging on your app.
Review Published Apps
Often apps in a portfolio will be a series of screenshots, which is great in theory but you’ll want to see if they actually work! Download publish apps and explore them on your own, see how often you notice glitches and errors.
If all the apps they’ve “created” are no longer available for download, consider it a bad sign.
Look Into Testimonials and Reviews
Any app company is likely to have a list of testimonials and reviews on their web page which can be a great help. However, we strongly recommend researching the company outside of its own website.
Scour the net for reviews and comments, if they are a scam you’ll find evidence of it online pretty quickly.
Ask About Their Process
Experienced app companies typically have a process in place involving the creation, testing, and editing of the app. They should also have no problem giving you some insight on what to expect while your app is in development.
While you don’t need an exact breakdown, consider this a test on how well the company responds to questions and requests.
Inquire About a Communication Strategy
Working with a company that’s located in another country can make communication an issue. However, it’s safe to assume that the app company has gone through this more often than you have.
Inquire beforehand how often you’ll be in touch and through what mode of communication (ie skype, email, or WhatsApp).
Room to Grow
Assuming your app is the smash hit you know it will be, you will want some room to grow. You may decide to add additional features with updates or focus more on some parts than others.
App updates are a mandatory part of any app business, so it’s important that your app company can keep up with the changes and can provide the support you need as your app evolves.
You’ll also want to know how many people are working on your apps team and if that model works for you.
Turn Around Time
Ideally, you’ll also want to know how long your app will actually take from start to finish. There’s a sweet spot here. You don’t want the creation to take too long (for obvious reasons), but an app made too quickly is likely ridden with glitches.
Ask for a rough estimate to see if it falls within your expectations, but also be realistic about how much time it may take according to what you’re asking for.
Choices Outside of an App Development Company in India
When looking at the pricing alone, it’s tempting to go with an app development company in India. However, when you take into consideration communication methods, accountability, and the “out of sight out of mind” factor, there’s a lot at risk.
Better to go with a reliable company in your own backyard that can answer all of your questions while providing you with the app results you deserve. Contact us today to see how we can help you with the creation of the next great app.