How to Hire an iOS Developer

If you have an idea for an iPhone or iPad app, but don’t have the skills to develop it yourself, you’re going to need to find an app developer to code it for you.  Hiring a mobile app developer can be time consuming, especially if you don’t know the basics.  You’ll want to make sure that you choose a reputable app developer from the start, and one that will do the job promised for the proposed price.  We’ve posted in the past about this subject, including posts on how to find an app developer and the three most important questions to ask an app developer, but here are some more tips to help guide you along your app development journey.

Get Multiple Bids for Your Project

The first point is one we’ve made before – get multiple bids for your app development project.  We cannot over-emphasize the value of having several experienced app developers visit with you about your project, both from a feasibility and marketability standpoint.  You may think you know all you need to know about developing a mobile app, but you may still benefit from the thoughts of an experienced app developer.  Getting more than one bid for your project will give you feedback from multiple sources.

Defining Requirements

Next, make sure you document your project.  If you document your project and provide the documentation to each iPhone or iPad app developer you talk to about bidding on your project, they’ll all be estimating on the same functionality, specs, and/or business requirements. A good practice is to have a document ready to give the developer – this could be a simple bullet point list of functionality, an RFQ/RFP, a flowchart, a .jpg mock up (or a hand drawn fax), an email – really anything that will help put every bidder for your project on the same “page.”

Be Available, Be Serious

We operate several quote services from which you can get three free app development quotes from experienced app developers.  Obviously, we think that’s a much better and easier way to go than to surf the web, hoping to find “the right one” among the thousands of results you’ll get from the search engines.  If you request quotes by submitting the form on one of our quote sites, be available and ready to talk about your project in detail when developers in our network contact you. Be serious by doing your homework – research if there is a similar app in App Store already and think about how much you realistically can to budget to hire a mobile app developer.

Agree on Price

After selecting a developer, nail down an exact finished price before the project starts.  More importantly, get it in writing. Make sure each party understands how payment will occur, and when. A typical payment schedule is 50% down, 25% at a development milestone, and 25% at submission to Apple, but the developer you choose may use some other schedule.  The main thing is to make sure everybody understands when payments will be due, and made.

Get An Apple ID

Finally, you may want to register with Apple as an iOS Developer. If you plan to sell your app yourself (as compared to selling it through a developer), you’ll need your own developer ID to configure your bank account for direct deposit. The app development company you hire will then submit the app on your behalf to the App Store for approval.

Still have questions about mobile app development for iPhone or iPad?  Drop me an e-mail or call me at 321-248-4195.



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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