Four Things to Avoid When Outsourcing Mobile App Development

Although some mobile apps are conceived by the person who then does the coding, our experience is this is usually not the case and that most app entrepreneurs will find someone else to do their app development.  Even those with the ability (or personnel) to code will often times outsource app development, for a variety of reasons.  Outsourcing in and of itself is not a bad thing (provided you keep in mind the difference between outsourcing and offshoring mobile app development).  Of course, outsourcing mobile app development comes with some baggage – entrepreneurs may have to sacrifice control over the project, the quality of the final product, and legal recourse should the outsourcer not deliver the goods as promised.  Still, outsourcing your mobile app development may be necessary and/or desirable.  If so, you should definitely check out the list of red flags compiled by the folks at CIO before outsourcing development of your mobile app.  Today, we’re going to take a look at some of those red flags and simplify them for you.


If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Be wary of outsourcers whose bids are conspicuously lower than their competitors; chances are they’re either trying to buy your business or simply don’t understand the scope of your product.

Settle on a fixed price

The profit-sharing option can seem tempting if you’re short on capital, but there are often pitfalls in such arrangements.  The conditions of the agreement might be vague, the goals of the project might not be shared by both sides, et cetera.

Beware Yes Men

If your outsourcer agrees too quickly to your proposals, tread lightly.  Raising questions and objections is the sign of a developer who’s committed to your project and who cares enough about it to make sure you’re getting what you’re asking for.

Expect Punctuality

If your outsourced developer doesn’t respect your time commitments when it comes to making a bid, how likely is it they’ll do so when it comes time to deliver the project?

In short, outsourcing a mobile app development project is an attractive option for entrepreneurs who don’t have enough capital to see a project through domestically.  With lower front-end costs come higher risks, however, so make sure you know what you’re getting before you sign over your money.  Of course, before you make any decisions at all, contact us first; we’ll put you in touch with three skilled, reputable developers who will provide you with free quotes for your mobile app project.



Mark M. Stetler is CEO of AppMuse and its related businesses:,,, and AppMuse is the Internet's leading provider of free app development quotes from experienced, pre-screened app developers for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry smart phones.

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