6 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid While Outsourcing App Development

Prateek Saxena
Prateek Saxena, Co-Founder & Managing Director at Appinventiv
Published on Feb 23, 2018 in App Development
6 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid While Outsourcing App Development

The mobile app market is, undoubtedly, the most flourishing industry globally. Since its inception, it has grown into a sphere of more than 4 billion mobile applications and a wide array of technological innovations. And it’s still not coming to a stable state; many more apps and technologies are heading their way to the market.

In such a scenario, if you wish to build your own mobile app, what would you choose - in-house or outsourcing app development? More often, your answer would be outsourcing mobile app development.

Outsourcing approach gives you an escape from the headache of hiring an expert’s team and provide them with infrastructure and other facilities, cuts down the cost of licenses and software, empowers you to focus on other business-related activities, and much more. It provides various facilities making it the right choice to enter the mobile market, especially for startups and novices.

However, there are various cases where outsourcing led to different outcomes - resulting in app failure, poor app performance, higher investment, and so on. If you are outsourcing your app development project for the first time or have experienced the above-mentioned situation before, this blog is just for you!

With our 3 years of experience in the app market and exposure to 350+ different projects, we have made a list of mistakes people often make while choosing their outsourcing app partner.

Mistakes People Commit While Outsourcing App Development Projects

Choosing the Cheapest App Quote

When talking about picking a mobile application development company, most people fall for lowest quote. It’s possible that you are on a strict budget and can’t afford the outsourcing app cost by top companies. However, cost can’t be the prime factor influencing your decision.

There are various companies who try to allure clients by quoting a price lower than the market price, and the outcome is: the clients are either served with poor-quality services or they are asked to pay more than the decided cost.

To ensure that you do not fall into this category, have a comprehensive market research and compare the cost with the services they are offering. Besides, do not sign a deal unless you are empowered to connect with the developers and business analysts and discuss your app idea. Do not pay the whole amount in one-time. Ask the company to break down the app project in different milestones along with the cost associated. This will help you to figure out how much money would be utilized for every individual module of the app development process, and thereby, assist in hiring the right company.

If you are investing in mobile application development for the first time, or on a shoestring budget, you can plan to develop an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) from an experienced company and release the full-edition once you get enough funds to support it.

No Market Research

6 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid While Outsourcing App Development

To launch their app at the earliest, many companies skip the market research phase and pick an outsourcing application company randomly. They just share their idea and ask for the quote; they do not check their background, measure their exposure with current trends, check their portfolio, and ultimately, struggle in one or the other ways. They either get stuck with an inexperienced/fraudulent company or do not get exactly the same quality they expected.

We strongly recommend all the clients looking for the best mobile application development services to conduct an extensive market research. By research, you will be able to choose the best out of thousands of app development agencies existing globally. Besides, this will give you a hint of the market trends, challenges associated with the development process, current market price, etc. With this information, you will be able to predict how your application would appear. And yes, don’t overlook portfolio or UI/UX design facilities. By portfolio, you will come across the types of applications they design, which is again an important factor for the app success.

No Clarity

Various people just contact app developers saying, “They want to develop an app like Uber or SnapChat and so on….”. They have no clear concept and just assume that the developer sitting at the other end would read their mind and deliver the app of their dreams. This is again one of the mistakes clients makes while hiring a company for their app needs.

We, in this situation, recommend all the clients to make a list of the features and functionalities they want. It is even more advantageous to create a prototype or wireframe describing the whole app flow. This will help you and your hired developers to discuss all the features and find which are feasible and crucial for ensuring a skyrocketing success.

Hiring a Company not following Latest Trends

Users, these days, are tech-savvy. They want something new, innovative and mind-blowing every time. If you hire an outsourcing app company which is not familiar with the ultra-modern technologies and techniques, you would end up with an app no one would love to try even.

So, before coming to a conclusion, ensure that the company is developing the apps according to the present market scenario. Discuss the technologies and techniques they work with, and also check their portfolio before making a decision.

Overlooking Time Zone Difference

6 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid While Outsourcing App Development

Mobile app development is an ongoing process - demanding a seamless communication. You might want some changes in the development process or need some clarification, or the development team might have some queries or might want an update from you. In such a scenario, if you and your hired developers are in extreme time zones, it is likely that the app development process will be affected.

They might be working when you will be sleeping, and vice versa - resulting in holdups and an extended deadline. And this situation will bring worse outcomes if you are on a strict deadline.

So, how to tackle this situation?

Finding an outsourcing app company with neighbouring time zone is the best solution for this situation. However, if that is not possible, choose a company that would be ready to make schedule adjustment along with you to find a mean time to discuss and get all the work done within stipulated time.

Keeping Testing Phase at the End

Often, clients outsource their app development project and turn towards their other business-related processes. They keep the testing part for the delivery day, because of which they come across the changes they want in the application at the end of the project. This result in escalated app development cost, longer timeline as well as higher complexity in the app development process.

It’s true that outsourcing is a practice to lower the burden from your shoulder, but you have to remain in sync with the company to ensure the app is delivered at the specified time, cost and quality measures. You should test each and every module of the app at your end so that you can get all the changes done within the decided development time.

Now, as you know different mistakes people make while choosing the right partner for their app development project needs, take the decision wisely. Research well and find the right outsourcing app company. And in case, you are still confused how to make the decision, jump to our blog: Steps to Hire a Top Rated Mobile App Developer.

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About the author
Prateek SaxenaCo-Founder & Managing Director at Appinventiv

Prateek Saxena is the Co-founder of AppInventiv, one of the fastest-growing mobile application development companies, based in Noida, India. With extensive experience in Sales, he has established himself as a highly-focused user experience expert and...

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