8 Tips on How to Pick the Best Mobile Development Company for Your Startup

août 31, 2020

Here are 8 tips when choosing mobile development company for your startup.

A mobile development company is well-established and fully-equipped to manage several projects. Its team of experienced professionals can help you build, create, and apply your business concepts and ideas. A mobile development company is a big help, particularly for startups that do not have a fully-staffed technical team.

Finding and choosing the best mobile development company is not easy. There are many factors to consider, especially if you think of what you are investing in your projects. You’d want to be sure that the team you choose have the necessary experience and expertise, so you’re guaranteed that they’ll help you achieve your business goals.

If your startup has decided to hire a mobile development company, here are eight useful tips you can follow to help make the process more efficient and convenient.

1. Check out the company website.

If you want to get an idea of what the mobile development company can bring to your business, take time to check out its website. Go through every page and every detail available on the site. There should be a description of the services they offer along with samples of some projects they have done.

Additionally, the website should have a separate page that tells the background story of the company. A simple introduction to mobile development is also essential. A feedback and testimonial page or section will give you an idea of the company’s performance and the type and quality of service they offer.

Finally, look for a blog page with content that covers mobile development topics and other related articles. Blogs are an indication of the team’s experience and expertise.

2. Do an online research about the company.

After completing your virtual tour of the company via its website, find time to do some research. Google all the information you need, such as completed projects, track record, products, and performance. Even if you’ve already checked the feedback and testimonials on their website, you’re sure to find more client reviews when you do online research.

It is important to know who you will be working with because it can determine the direction of your startup’s projects. Be sure to finish all your research first before you meet with company representatives and come up with an agreement.

3. Determine if you prefer offshoring, onshoring, or nearshoring.

If you want to outsource software development tasks, you’ll have to choose the location of your provider.

  • Offshoring is when you outsource all tasks and projects to a company located overseas.
  • Onshoring is when you hire a company located in the same country where your business is operating.
  • Nearshoring is the practice of outsourcing IT operations to a company located in a country near your location, preferable one that your country shares a border with.

So, if you prefer offshoring and your startup is in the United States, you can hire the services of a mobile development company in the Philippines. If you prefer nearshoring, go for a company based in Canada. For onshoring, of course, you’ll have to look for a company that’s also based in the United States.

Things you need to consider before deciding include cost, convenience, communication capabilities, the type of projects you have, and the time difference.

4. Ask about their development team and tech stack.

By asking the company to provide you with information about their development team, you are making sure that whoever will handle your projects have the technical training and capabilities. Don’t hesitate to ask about its hiring process and expertise of its team members. It is your right to get these details.

Also, ask the company representative to provide you with information about their tech stack. A tech stack is what you call the set of technologies that a company uses in developing a product, such as mobile or web app. It is vital to choose a mobile development company that has the best and latest technologies.  

5. Compare the best offers.

When you search for potential software development providers, make a list of your top three choices. Study each company (including their websites) and compare their experience, professional reputation, client feedback, and the services offered. Doing an elimination process of your top choices is an assurance that you’ll pick the one that can satisfy your startup’s needs.

6. Ask questions.

Do not be afraid to ask questions. You can even ask hypothetical or situational inquiries.

  • What procedure do you follow when resolving work-related conflicts?
  • How do you handle technical hiccups and similar challenges?
  • What is your team’s communication process? Do you use a product management software?

Their answers to these questions will give you an idea of the company’s professionalism and the team’s work ethics. If the provider you are considering says they never encounter problems, think twice about hiring them. Technology is unpredictable, so some problems are expected from time-to-time. A company that claims it can perfectly and singlehandedly control technology should not be taken seriously.

7. Consider your budget.

Of course, when you invest in your business, you are willing to spend whatever you can just to ensure that you get the best. However, if you’re a startup, sticking to the budget is important. So, don’t forget to compare rates of the top providers on your top 3 list. Keep in mind, though, that quality should still be your utmost priority. Don’t choose a mobile development company because it offers the lowest rate. You have to make sure first that you’ll get your money’s worth if you hire them.

8. Read the contract at least twice before signing.

It’s easy to say, “Yes, I’ve read the contract” even if you didn’t really go through it thoroughly. You need to read and understand every detail of the contract because you are the one who will be implicated in case of legal disagreements. Additionally, knowing all details in the contract makes you aware of your rights in case the mobile development company breaks one of the agreements.

These are the eight useful tips you can follow when picking the best mobile development company for your startup. List all these tips on paper or keep a copy of them on your phone so you’ll know what to do once you start your search. Good luck!

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Baptiste Leroux

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