5 Tips For Developing Your App Idea
With the availability of freelancing services such as Elance and oDesk, entrepreneurs have the opportunity to create software without having the ability to program. Elance recently announced that they surpassed $500M of online work – clearly many people are seeing their ideas come to life via third party freelancers. Have an idea for an app that you want to have made? Here are five tips to consider when hiring work out.
1. On Shore Or Off Shore?
Determining whether to have the work done within your country or to off shore the work is a major decision. Hiring an on shore freelancer will allow you to have conversations in your time zone, but you might have to pay more. Off shore freelancers may prove to be cheaper, but you will have to converse at odd hours (due to potential time zone differences), which can result in difficult communication.
2. Mock Ups Are Key
Regardless who does your development, creating mockups are key to your success. Software such as Balsamiq can allow you to express a wireframe of your idea. Equally important is to understand the logical transition from screen to screen. Mocking up your idea will allow the freelancers who bid on your job to provide a more accurate quote for the work.
3. Determine Contract Type
As you post your job, you must decide what type of contract you want to engage your freelancers in. Hourly contracts have the benefit of paying only for the amount of time that is worked, as well as having flexibility if the scope changes on your project. Fixed contracts allow you to know how much the project will cost from the onset, but to get an accurate bid you have to be detailed in your statement of work. Additionally, if you change your scope, you could face penalties or a higher cost.Continued on the next page