Once, twice, thrice, we have been through it quite a few times - we hope this doesn't happen to you. Find a good (let alone a great) app developer for hire and getting them to come onboard your project understanding is in itself, an ordeal. We've had plenty of bad experiences with hiring an app developer who greatly inflated their capabilities. Untested features, broken functionality, coding glitches, blah blah blah! Lots of things that you really really never want in your…well, whatever application you dreamt of building.
The problem with Upwork and other Freelancing Sites
Upwork created a lot of creamy hoopla after oDesk and Elance discovered the awesome potential that their merger would possibly be. We're not particularly impressed with how Upwork turned out though. They have tried to protect both clients and freelancers with a lot of policies and legal stuff, but that is not all you are actually looking for when you hire an application developer!
Most platforms like Upwork have one singular problem that is so huge, it can take away the whole essence of product development – a huge communication gap. You are essentially required to make sure that when you choose the right mobile app developer from these platforms, which are essentially more of an introductory meeting between freelancer developers and clients.
Going forward, you have to deal with the freelancer of your own accord, have the patience to see through iterations and take the burden of extra hours’ of management that the programmer would demand from your project. There is a lot of monetary and non-monetary costs that you pay over and above the fees mentioned. In reality, the result is that what seems initially cheap can turn out to be not very cheap at all.
Even in our own experience, hiring WordPress developers for our projects has been a nightmare of epic proportions - the thing with such sites it that everybody will rate themselves as a great programmer - yet, when it comes to the end-results, the quality will leave much to be desired.
Given that app development and developing for a mobile app is much more nuanced than web development or design, this communication breakdown could lead to project setbacks, or even failures.
Why hiring a freelance app developer who has been pre-vetted makes sense
Sometimes, we tend to be a bit short-sighted when we look at the hourly rate associated with hiring awesome mobile app developers. In essence, sometimes, when you're on a budget, it's hard to actually justify the cost of hiring a top coder. Let's just go through a few of reasons why hiring an app developer who has been screened already makes sense.
1. You are sure they are great. When working with a new freelancer, you'll have to really understand and then take advantage of their capabilities. Truth be told, application developers on freelancing sites may tend to overinflate their knowledge, skills, and capabilities. Reviews are biased towards the freelancers and it is not unknown to perform small projects just for the sake of bumping up reviews. In reality, you'll have to do your own vetting. This is done by actually contracting a small application development project. You'll then have to test the work and then increase the scope. This is a process which takes time and precious resources.
2. Cheap is actually expensive. Not knowing who you are hiring, you might get lucky and find a good programmer to develop your mobile apps. On the other hand, you may get a bitter experience like we did. Once, we had to contract more than 3 freelancers to actually get a decent result. This is besides all the hours spent trying to communicate and understand capabilities. This time, especially from managers, is very costly.
3. Top freelance iOS/Android developers hired will bring more than just great coding skills. You don't get to become a great apps developer through coding alone. When you are an excellent developer, you'll have acquired other skills. Business knowledge, User Experience, experiences in understanding and preventing problems before they occur. That's so much time saved that it can't really be quantified. We've always found that hiring excellent iOS/Android freelancers returns so much more than hiring cheap talent.
4. Missing the boat. Hiring unknown or cheap app freelancers will probably cost you a lot of time until you actually go to market. Of course, being the first to go to market and being the first mover, with let's say a new Android app, brings about HUGE advantages which once again, are very difficult to quantify. Suffice to say, if you delay by a few months, you might find that you've missed the boat altogether. That's why a trustworthy mobile app development company or developer is a key component of your success.
We have been through it and we understand all of it. That is the reason, why, today, we made it a point to compile a list of 5 awesome platforms from where you can hire an app developer. These platforms have both iOS and Android developers for hire - so it's just a question of your own preference.
The name says it all – Top Talent (Toptal). Only the top 3% of all those candidates who apply, get through to become developers with Toptal. You get the best level of work in a justified budget within a hard deadline. Freelancers at Toptal, bring with the them unique perspectives and approaches. Chances are, you get more than what you actually paid (and hoped) for. It definitely makes more sense than working with completely unknown people, doesn’t it?
They are extremely transparent about their fees and all and have an extremely good customer-centric approach. So there would be a Toptal representative who keeps a continuous track of how your apps project is progressing and what your confidence is about working with Toptal and the end-result. That takes away much of the project management hours which you would be burdened with yourself, if you had to opt for the typical hired app developer.
2. Gun.io - quickly add firepower to your engineering team
Gun.io is not a typical self-serve marketplace; instead, their primary focus is to help you quickly recruit more resources to your existing engineering team.
For teams looking to scale up quickly or parachute in additional expertise, Gun.io is a no-brainer - they help you find awesome app developers for hire in no time at all, typically less than 48 hours! They do the work of personally sourcing, vetting, and matching candidates for your team, so you can keep your teams energy focused on shipping your software product.
Gun.io is known for their rigorous vetting process, which is a 7-step, 360-degree approach designed to assess engineers as multi-dimensional professionals. Hundreds of successful client-engineer relationships have helped them understand the nuance of a fantastic match - beyond just skillset expertise. Gun.io was built by engineers who understand the importance of collaboration, so communication aptitude and integrity are requirements to pass their vetting process. (And they've got raving reviews to boot, check out their score, 4.9 stars out of 5 on G2Crowd).
Plus, 90%+ of their talent community is US-based, allowing for close timezone alignment - if you want to hire from the United states.
The team at Gun.io works quickly to match their developers with clients, and are usually able to do so within 2 days.
The best part?
Hiring a software engineer and / or finding developers through Gun.io costs exactly the same as a traditionally-hired, full-time developer, and without the usual cost of a hiring cycle. And if retention is on your mind - the tenure of a Gun.io engineer is 30% higher than their traditionally-hired peers.
Gun.io specializes in matching clients with freelance and contract mobile app developers, and clients have the flexibility to choose their hourly commitment - from part-time all the way up to full-time engagement. The hiring process with Gun.io is expedited: you'll see candidates within 48 hours. From there, you can move as fast as you'd like to get started on your mobile application development needs.
Here is what one CTO said about hiring with Gun.io - very impressive result, we think.
And this is one of the reviews on G2Crowd:
This is more of a job marketplace having awesome app developers for hire who, where companies compete to take people on board. They hire from only the top 5% of people who apply to be a part of their development community, so once again, people are strictly vetted. This means that you can rest assured to only find the best people here - but most importantly, they match talents and skills to the jobs required, trimming down the time spent by both employers and hirees.
And yes, when they say companies compete to take programmers at Hired on board, they really mean it. In fact, they have branded themselves to be a bit more inclined towards finding developers, good companies to work with. Only senior people with a good portfolio of diverse experience are taken in and then they are given a choice of companies who are good matches for them and ready to employ.
You can hire mobile and desktop application programmers on all models here: fulltime, contract, freelance to build your apps. There is enough team structure flexibility to ensure that any model is well-serviced. The hiring process is quick, generally gets done quite rapidly - most companies save up to 45 sourcing hours per role filled. And throughout the project or the tenure for which you hire a freelancer, you can be sure that you will get quality work, deliver desired outcomes within a set timeline.
Another trustworthy name. You get both iPhone and Android application developers for hire here, on full-time and/or monthly models, whatever works best for you - they are as flexible as necessary.
The freelancers who are assigned to your project are exclusively dedicated to your stuff, which ensures that they keep focused and improves the quality with which your project is executed. All programmers who work as a member of Xteam are vetted and screened for performance (speed of execution) and quality of coding. They are also screened for dealing with different project problem scenarios before they are taken on board. This makes the (x)-team more agile and better equipped to deal with unique issues that might arise when your project is being executed.
The best part? – Xteamers are the power of two at the budget of one – you'll find that most candidates here are both app designers and app developers. X-Team cover 8 time zones in their operations, essentially serving any country in the world, wherever you are set up. You can work with a Xteam, regardless of your location.
5. Fiverr Pro
This is more of a platform which you would come across conventionally if you are looking for cheap jobs, the only difference – you get vetted app developers who have a proven track record and at what they do (hence why PRO), rather than the ones who you find on the usual Fiverr gigs. Freelancers who are allowed enrollment in Pro are only sourced from the highest performers who have achieved top ratings and a proven record of delivering quality services.
Just to use a few statistics, only 1% of applicants go on to earn Pro status.
As with other gigs, it's the hirees themselves who look at your development requirements in detail and then each iOS/Android freelancer who is eligible and would be best suited to execute your project, will send an offer. Essentially, it boils down to you creating a good detailed specification and questions who ensure compliance with your job, but you not having to worry whether these are just cowboys, who would do it a little more than good and whether they would be the best person for the job at hand. Given that these are on the Pro list, thye are guaranteed to be able to deliver. Of course, the nature of the platform ensures that finding idea candidates can be quite quick, even within a day’s time. This is fairly quick.
Another positive – they have very good assurances and guarantees about any payments you'll make with them. They have different budget deduction statements, with the one we loved most was the 100% credit promise if the assigned freelancer you hired did not complete your project within the set deadline. This is a great guarantee, for two reasons. First, you can be sure that projects will meet their timeline. In the extreme case that they don't, you get your money back, and you can start the job with a different person.
Since the launch of Pro, Fiverr has acquired a name for itself for proving good quality services. One should note that Fiverr is mostly a platform for all freelancers, but we've linked you directly to the mobile development section, so you can go directly to finding candidates to work on applications.
While we have listed only 5, we are sure there are more platforms like the above where you can find great app developers for hire both for iOS and Android, such as Gigster, and plenty of others. What we did is opt for companies who we've actually worked with and found useful, or have first-hand experience of people working with them, so these have also been vetted by ourselves. We might eventually, add a few more to this list, but we prefer to keep it short and concise, to guarantee that you have a good result in your hiring proces. So do head out to any one of the above 5, have a look at what they offer and get a good incubator of your brilliant ideas and products. It will be worth it.
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