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How To Hire A Mobile App Developer (Step-By-Step)

Here’s a step by step screen-share guide on how to hire a mobile app developer who will create your dream mobile app.
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The first step is to google an NDA – non-disclosure agreement. Get the people you are going to work with to sign the NDA. That way it makes them less likely to lie you. Most likely you will not act on the NDA, but it is useful to have it.

We are going to use Upwork to find a developer. This is not as easy as it sounds. There is a lot stuff that can go wrong here than most people imagine. I have hired hundreds of people on Upwork over the last decade and I failed most of the time.

I am going to post a job, so I have to login with my client, hiring account. I am looking to hire a developer for a short term project. After that you should go to the category “Web, Mobile & Software Dev” and then “Mobile Development”.

Then, you should write the name of your job. We need an app similar to Instagram. Everyone uses Instagram, so if you relate to that, everyone will know what you are talking about. Our title can be something like “Picture social network like Instagram”.

In the description you have to write all the important stuff. First of all, you have to ask them to sign the NDA and send it to you in order to apply. The next step is to give them a secret phrase to use in their application.

These two things have to be on the bottom of the description. That way you will know that the applicant has read the whole job description. If the NDA is not signed or the secret phrase is not included in their application, do not read it, because that applicant is not reliable.

The next step is to create a mindmap, wireframe. In that wireframe you will see all the ways people can navigate the app from every single page. That is all the information needed to create the app.

Then, you need to add the wireframe in the description and add briefly what qualifications and experience the applicant should have. Always, ask for examples of their previous work. Also, ask them how long it will take and how it will cost.

You need to add all the features that the app needs to have. You do not need to write all the screens in the app, because they are explained in the mindmap.

How much should you pay for an app? All of the applicants will give you different prices. The real price of your app will be the average of those prices. If you hire developers, hire people from Eastern Europe like Russia, Ukraine, Poland. Those are the best countries for the value that you will get for the money. Eastern European countries deliver better work for less money.

Look how much money they have made on Upwork. The more money that have made on Upwork, the better, because they already have experience. Look at their reviews, portfolio, profile. Read it carefully and find out what kind of person you are talking to. Create a shortlist of your best candidates and then setup calls with them.

If you want to create an iPhone, make sure they have an iPhone. If they do not have an iPhone, they will not be a good match for your job.

It is better to work on a fixed price budget and a mobile app like that can cost about $3500.

Look for people with 90% job success or more and more than 500 hours billed on Upwork. That is a proof that your freelancer has experience. Do not include rising talent as an option.

After that you get your shortlist of candidates in Skype and you interview them. You can ask them all kinds of questions regarding the project. Make it hard for them to apply.

Questions you can ask during the interview:
– Tell me what you have done in the past.
– How do you intend to develop this project?
– What are the steps you will take to deliver the project?
– How often do I need to talk to you?

Do not work with resellers. If he is not a reseller, you should demand to speak with a developer. Ask very technical questions. If you are not technical, get a technical friend to ask the questions for you.

Do not pay 100% upfront. Pay 25% or less upfront, preferably 0%.


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