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Calling All App Developers: Six Twitter Accounts You NEED to Follow. Asap.

The app development industry can be a tricky business – especially if you don’t have any mentors. Want some good, sound advice? Cool. Here are six Twitter feeds every person developing an app should follow.

1.) Google Apps Dev: @GoogleAppsDev
You had to know this was going to be the first one. It’s GOOGLE. With 306 thousand followers, Google has to stay on top of their game – and they do. Google Apps Development tweets videos of meetings with expert app developers giving tips and tricks on the industry. And who better to learn from than the mother of all search engines?!

2.) Amazon App Developer: @AmazonAppDev
Amazon App Developer tweets out tips for advertising, marketing, and monetization in order to successfully reach your target audience in the most effective manner. For example, they say the best time to run a sale is when balances are low and that content cadence is very critical in this case. Amazon will even advertise your app for you! For more info, hit up their twitter page.

3.) Windows Platform Developer: @wpdev
Windows Platform Developer tweets out informative things like tutorials and code samples for your apps, tips on how to create ad revenue on your apps, and the latest technologies to help aid your app creation process. Did you know you can get your app to talk back to you? Windows helps you learn how to add Cortana to your UWP app!

4.) Microsoft Developer: @msdev
Microsoft Developer goes as far as to tweet out research and case studies to help you compare your notes to what’s going on our there in the techie world. Most recently, Microsoft tweeted out a free eBook for app developers called “Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms. Microsoft also tweeted all of the best #WebDev sessions from #Build2015, Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference. There’s some great stuff in there!

5.) Boost New Media: @boostnewmedia
Boost has its headquarters operating out of New Zealand. Boost is the latest recipient of the WorldBlu workplace award for developing an innovative workplace culture. The cool thing about Boost’s Twitter is that it offers free workshops to app developers- each with different themes. Most recently, Boost held free workshops for Agile Planning and Kicking of your Project with Confidence. So if you happen to be a developer in New Zealand, sign up for the next one! Not in New Zealand. That’s okay. Boost tweets out articles about some of the topics they cover.

6.) Bottle Rocket: @_BottleRocket
Based out of Dallas, Texas, Bottle Rocket tweets out helpful tricks like custom streaming video solutions with native apps tailored to your brand, how your business can benefit from using #VR, and how to leverage your mobile app for brand loyalty.

So there you have it. Follow these tech savvy Twitter accounts all the way to stardom.

10 Facts About App That’ll Make Your Hair Stand on End

 Smartphones have eased almost every aspects of our lives. With the help of smartphones you can multi-task and perform activities while on the go. You can buy a pair of shoes while crossing the road, or look for a classy new recipe to cater your taste buds. All these and even more have been possible only due to the advent of a smartphone.

Now that we acknowledge how important smartphones are in our lives, have you ever thought how a smartphone would be without apps. Yes, all the spontaneous above mentioned task that you perform on the go, is only possible though the vibrant world of apps. The app world is so big and diverse that it caters to almost every need that an app can suffice. These apps are so useful and fulfill such diverse needs of that they have received widespread acceptance. In this post, we would be elaborating and emphasizing on some of the coolest and fascinating trivia about apps. So, read on and find out some wicked facts about some apps.

Facts

#1 Downloads in billions – In 2010 alone over 5 billion apps were downloaded worldwide. But within 3 years the number of app downloads propelled to 21 billion in 2013. Of this huge chunk of downloaded apps, majority of these apps catered to social networking and media, while the rest were apps for maps, different services and games.

#2 Mobile apps vs mobile websites – Popular sources like Alexa, comScore & Flurry Analytics state that customers prefer apps over mobile website. In 2010, consumers were still unfamiliar with the app concept and thus app didn’t receive a good response. But as years passed by, people became more inclined towards using apps than website. Currently in the U.S, in a an average people spend 110 minutes per day using an app, while then spend less than 70 minutes using the mobile web.

#3 Popularity of Social media and maps – Social media and navigation apps are the most popular of them all. While the former aids users to connect with each other virtually, the navigation app helps to find routes to a particular destination. Apps pertaining to social networking are used more often, around 69% of the times while maps are used around 64% of the times.

#4 Revenue from various apps – Revenue is the driving force that leads to the creation of different apps. For a typical app development company, 24% is paid revenue, 5% revenue comes from paid apps while the major chunk of 71% comes from free apps. Thus free apps are the ones that grab the limelight and are most likely to bring huge profits.

#5 How to be a millionaire – A study suggested that a app developer had to see his app 581,395 times to be a millionaire. By 2010, developers of Doodle jump had 5 million downloads and made over $3.5 million. This showed that in the world of apps, you need to be smart and innovative to be a millionaire.

#6 Customer engagement – Mobile apps serve a specific purpose with high performance, this results in enhanced user experience and later, engagement. It is said that globally people use one or the other app more than 10 times a day.

#7 Mobile apps by visitors – Can you imagine, the Facebook mobile app is used by over 120,000 unique users everyday in the United States alone. It is followed by 85,000 & 73,000 unique visitors by YouTube & Google Play respectively.

#8 Best of the beasts – With a variety of mobile platforms available, users can now choose from a spectrum of different operating systems. But when it comes to the number of apps hosted by a mobile app store, Apple is the clear winner. iTunes has over 150,000 mobile applications, while Android store has around 20,000 mobile apps.

#9 World Wide sessions for apps – We all spend some specific amount of time engaging ourselves in one or the other app. Thus each app category too has different sessions associated with it. In this case, games are the clear winner. 52% mobile app sessions are for playing games, while 22% is for engaging in different social networking sites.

#10 Apps for moms – Mothers might be too busy with their kids, but they do find out time for their mobile apps. According to a research, almost 25% of the apps in a mother’s phone is for or closely related to her kid’s nutrition or well being. Way to go mom.

Twitter Sees Smooth Sailing Ahead With Periscope

Social media giant Twitter has purchased start-up venture Periscope, an application that permits individuals to enable the world community to view live streaming of their daily routines and anything else, according to reports in Business Insider. Periscope is a revolutionary mobile, live streaming application for the iPhone. Mobile live streaming is the coolest rage at the moment and is garnering an immense amount of interest for those individuals that have to be “up to the moment, with the latest trends in contemporary technology.

Competing for market share against Meerkat, the creator of the video application technology, Periscope has a more sleek and polished appearance than Meerkat, whose design is similar to that of Snapchat. The Periscope acquisition by Twitter, will be completely different, if not be a step above current offerings by Twitter, such as “Vine,” a platform that is adequate for stored video exchanges captured on the phone, but is rendered useless for exchanging any live content. Immersed in the activity during the recent Ferguson, Missouri riots, and protesting, Twitter was the go-to source for real-time, up to the second reporting. Bringing Periscope on board with Twitter will have an influential impact of how current events are distributed and perceived on a worldwide level, as is with the case with Meerkat now, that is employed by many professional journalists, as a vital tool to their jobs.

Periscope is seemingly like an invisible operator recording your actions, at your discretion, of everyday occurrences, of things that are exciting, and others just plain ordinary and blah. What is recorded becomes a sharing experience, another avenue to be seen, and heard, and just goes to prove that even the simplest, and most mundane activities, can capture the interest of somebody on Planet Earth.

On a more serious level, it can keep family members in touch with each other when distance poses a problem. It is a more viable option than Skype or Google Hangouts, whereby individuals can connect their Twitter audience with just a quick rap, and a few bars of cell service on their iPhone, and it doesn’t get bogged down as video chats do with multiple personalities. Periscope is a one-way avenue of self-indulgence with a minimal amount of interruptions. The potential exists for misuse with images that most individuals that don’t want to see unless behind a closed door, but for now Twitter sees smooth sailing ahead with Periscope.

Why the Next 10 Years of App Development will smash the last 10

In the recent years app development have witnessed a boom like never before. Now the different app stores are flooded with billions of apps that caters to almost every need imaginable.

From ordering a food from a restaurant, doing shopping and even for a ride home, you call do all that and even more using respective apps. Using apps have not only eased our lives, but also helped us evade boredom in a geeky way. But if you take a peak over a decade back, you would notice that the app usage was not as extensive and wide spread. Earlier, apps were basically developed to serve some core purposes, for example a sophisticated calculator or a multi-purpose alarm clock/ stop-watch. But now 10 years later, apps are influencing almost every aspect of our lifestyle.

So lets find out why there has been significant progress in app development in the past 10 years and how the next 10 years might turn out to be for app development?

  • Innovative ideas – Innovation is the pillar that has paved way for the prosperous app development in the past decade. Earlier app developers and users were more focused and happy with using the orthodox apps that were provided by the market. But once the tide of unique apps hit the audience, they got hooked to it. The innovative apps that were at the forefront of this app revolution, are still going strong. Take for example, Whatsapp. The mobile messaging app, that was recently bought by Facebook for 19 billion dollars was the first of it’s kind. It was released on 2009, and even after 6 years it still is going strong and unrivalled.The growth in app development caught traction especially due to the out of box thinking by the developers. They carefully evaluated the needs and requirements of the general public and created the same in the form of an app. Could you have ever believe a decade ago that you could find a date anywhere around the world by merely using an app? Well, Tinder made that possible. Such apps that caters to different needs of users were the sole outcome of innovative thinking and in years to come, the app ideas are only going to be more vibrant and useful.
  • Changing needs – A decade ago the best source of fresh vegetables at bare minimum price used to be the farmers’ market. But due to hectic life style and busy schedule, people find it extremely difficult to visit the market on a regular basis. Such time bound lifestyle led to the development of an app that lets you choose the vegetables of your choice and get it delivered at your doorstep, that too at a great price. By using apps like Localbaniya, lives of working professionals have been simplified.


General shopping too have been impacted by the booming app development. Earlier, people used to visit brick and mortar business personally to shop or sometimes shop online using a web app, but the shopping apps from a number of different vendors has reshaped the online shopping experience. Such is the power of mobile apps, a few online shopping destinations have started providing support for only apps, and not on their personal website. Take for example, Myntra, this online shopping behemoth has shut down their shopping web-store and confined to only the app version of the same.

  • Increased use of mobile devices – Since the past decade, the use of smartphones has doubled. Currently there are over 4 billion smartphone users worldwide and over a billion other mobile devices. Such a huge arsenal of mobile devices has propelled the necessity of apps exponentially.These apps are easy to use, flaunts great features and serves a lot of purpose. And inclusion of apps in mobile devices further intensifies their purpose. Within a decade, we saw the immergence of a number of different operating system, the likes of Android, iOS, Windows & RIM. These variety of operating systems on different mobile devices also helped in supporting the upheaval of app development.
  • Inception of wearable gadgets – The presence of different wearable gadgets might seem to be mild, but it definitely has a promising future. If anyone wants to know the future of app development in the upcoming decade, the answer would be wearable gadgets. Just as smartphones took the past decade by storm, wearable gadgets unarguably would be the matter of discussion for the upcoming decade.The coming years would witness heavy usage of wearable gadget like smartwatches and smart glasses. Already a number of smart watches from popular vendors like Motorola & Apple are doing the rounds, and this would open new frontiers for app developers. Also the introduction of Google glass will make app developers familiar with interactivity that they never thought to be possible. All in all, app development in the next 10 years would surely be governed by the apps for smart watches and smart glasses.

So to sum up in a few words, increase in app development in the past decade was mainly due to the heavy usage and demand of smartphones. Also, innovation in app ideas contributed to the popularity and well reception of various apps. In today’s market millions of apps are downloaded and used by users worldwide. Such is the popularity of apps that, people worldwide spend around 12 % of their day engaging themselves in one or the other app. In the future or coming decade too, the trend won’t change much. Apps have simplified the way human interact with each other and improved connectivity. Users can connect directly to a market place to buy commodities without even being physically present there. In the future too, with the introduction and use of smart gadget like watches and glasses, app development would witness a whole new frontier and spear ahead in it’s popularity & exposure.

7 Risks Freelance App Developers Face and How to Avoid Them

While being a freelance app developer gives you the creative freedom to work on your own terms, it’s not a bed of roses.

There are some risks associated with going solo but none that cannot be avoided.

Whether you are just starting off or neck deep in work as a freelance app developer, it makes sense to know and explore freelancing risks and ways to overcome them.

Not making enough money to pay off bills

The best thing about being stuck in a shitty 9 to 5 job is that text alert on the first of every month- ‘your salary has been credited’.

Freelancers aren’t sure of how much money they’ll make during a certain month. Sometimes the amount is quadrupled, and sometimes they only make enough to survive a month on cereals.

How to avoid this?

Save for a rainy day. If you are thinking of making the switch to freelancing, start keeping a sizeable amount of your pay aside for two or three months.

Your rainy day funds should be enough to pay off your major bills at least for a month or two.

But if you have already started as a freelance app developer and finding it difficult to meet ends, you might want to strengthen your game by learning new skills or joining an app development firm that lets you do things on your own terms but the pay is a little less.

And make it a point to save some amount of money every month; no matter how small that amount is.

Not being flexible

Some people charge a flat fee for all their gigs. While you can stick to a base price, you need to be receptive and flexible depending upon each project.

Some projects might pay lesser than the lowest you quote but it could be a great learning experience or there might be promise for long-term work.

For some heavy projects, you can charge more depending upon the effort and time you put in.

How to avoid this?

Be flexible (duh!)

Not being a master of one

Most freelance app developers aren’t sure of which platform to choose. They oscillate between iOS and Android and then back again.

Well obviously if you have the time and diligence, you can learn about both but it makes sense to be a master of one first.

Also remember that launching on both platforms will significantly increase your maintenance and marketing cost.

Plus you’d have to put in a lot of effort and time to make both a success.

How to avoid this?

Choose one platform and be a pro at it. While both platforms have their pros and cons, you need to know if higher payout through higher priced apps work best for you or is it earning more through ad revenues that do the trick just fine.

You can also start with one and proceed to other in due time but it’s not recommended to do both at once.

That’s what Angry Bird’s developer Rovio did. Making Angry Birds a cultural phenomenon on iOS they proceeded to capture the Android and Nokia market too.

We wanted to make Angry Birds available to all mobile phone users, regardless of platform, so we started to develop for other operating systems, like Nokia handsets, webOS, iPad, and Android.

Not treating it as a business

One of the biggest freelance app developer problems is that they treat it as some long paid vacation instead of a business.

Your clients cannot vest their trust in your unless you show them your work ethics.

How to avoid this?

Do what businesses do: get a website up, sprawl social media with related content, get the word out there, offer unprecedented customer service and build lasting relationships.

Not keeping abreast with the latest technology

As an app developer, you know that technology can change in a blink.

Plus the more skills you add to your kitty the better you shine amongst a plethora of other competitive freelancers.

How to avoid this?

Learn new skills and tricks of the trade. If you are going to earn your bread and butter through programming and developing apps, then you should know the ins and outs of it.

Read up on the latest news pertaining to your industry and all the changes that could affect your profession.

Enroll in webinars and online courses to stay ahead of competition.

Not having enough faith in themselves

With the likes of Zynga pooling their resources to dominate the app market, your small team might feel a little intimidated by the big boys.

After all they do have limitless capital and access to technology. It is only understandable that you feel in a rut when pitted against them.

So does that mean you should give up on accounts of it being a difficult to penetrate market?

How to avoid this?

Startups might not have oodles of cash stowed away but this isn’t a best brand win arena. If you have an amazing idea and the skills to back it up, you can give anyone a run for their money.

That’s what Temple Run co-founder Keith Shepherd testifies to. He also goes on to say that indie teams have the advantage to be as creative as they want and to explore niche ideas.

Not saying no

A lot of freelancing app developers can get exploited into working for less than their worth.

You might land an amazing client who’s stingier that Uncle Scrooge and even after several rounds of fair negotiations they might want you to work for peanuts.

And this is where a lot of new freelancers make the mistake and say yes.

How to avoid this?

Say no!

You need to know what you bring to the table and what it’s worth. If your skills and expertise call for a higher amount to be paid – no matter what the going market rate is – say thank you for the opportunity but sorry that won’t work for me.

Sometimes saying no can increase your worth as what’s of a higher quality would always cost more.

Like all businesses there will be risks involved and you too will come across a number of freelancing risks. And you need to be both tactful and receptive to these risks, which hopefully you can now handle like a pro with these tips!

What Every Freelance App Developer Must Know

Become a freelancer if you don’t want the 9 to 5 grind!

That’s right freelancers don’t have a 9 to 5, they have a 12 am to 12 am.

Freelancing isn’t a honeymoon in Bahamas, it’s hard work especially if you have your mind set on becoming a freelance web programmer.

There’s cut-throat competition and it’s no easy feat penetrating a market full of talented developers aiming to recreate the magic of Temple Run and Candy Crush.

But, if there’s a favorable time to be a freelance app developer, it is now (tweet this)

Scope for Freelance App Developers

Smartphone Boom

This is the era of the Smartphone. Where qwerty keypad was once the rage, now people can barely type on one.

And where there is Smartphone, there are apps. And where there are apps, there are app developers.

Even in Indonesian and Indian markets where Smartphone sale is still in its infancy, the hourly rate for developers range between $30 and $70. And companies in the U.S. are happy to shell out upwards of $100 for quality work.

Ashwin Ramasamy, the founder of ContractIQ, reiterates this in a guest post

Indonesia’s local mobile market is robust and growing. While U.S. smartphone usage is peaking (reaching 75 percent in the next two years), Indonesians are not stopping till the next 50 percent of its population gets hooked. 

Cross-Device Development

BYOD (bring your own device) days are very much a reality now. There are number of sub industries that app developers have both the potential and the need to explore.

The idea is to take advantage of the next big thing, and the next big thing is the IoT- Internet of all things.

Every company needs an app

Aside of the Google algorithm changes that reflect the importance of mobile versions and separate apps of a website, the industry biggies are shifting their attention to the mobile market.

With people doing everything from booking a cab to buying a prom dress through their phones, every company needs a web app to announce their presence in the mobile world.

It is estimated that that by the year 2017 the number of apps downloaded would be a whooping 268,692 millions.

Image courtesy statista.com

This only means more scope for freelance app developers as the graph keeps on going up.

Tips for Freelance App Developers

Ready to hand in your resignation letter and make the big switch? Here are a few pointers to help you get sorted:

  • Become a pro at your job. Right from the technical knowhow to the latest industry news, you should be lap up on every bit of information.

  • If you don’t have relative experience to strengthen your case, learn skills that will set you apart. The beauty of technology is that it’s always evolving, and the better you keep pace with the farther you will go.

App store optimization is one such option you can turn to. Learn the mechanics of ASO to provide greater app visibility and make them rank higher in search results.

  • You’re not just a freelance programmer, you are also an entrepreneur. Treat your business as business and it will fetch the type of returns you dreamt of.

  • Even if you are the most talented app developer on the block you need to get the word out. Unless they know about you, they can’t hire you. Market yourself and launch a website with your portfolio and testimonials up.

How Much Do App Developers Earn?

Did you skip the entire article to read this section? We hear you!

After all it does come down to the numbers. Speaking of which, there isn’t a set number.

Just like in every freelancing opportunity freelance developers too can charge anywhere between 0 to infinity, well okay not infinity but a number really well into thousands.

There are a couple of factors that determine how much you make eventually.

Firstly it’s your own experience and skills. If you are already in the league of the big boys (quality of work wise) you can easily make six figures annually.

Another deciding factor is what platform you choose. Most new developer are confused between iOS and Android. While Apple markets its app at a higher price as compared to Android, the scope of earning through paid advertisements on apps is higher on Android considering the magnitude of paid apps available.

For instance in 2014 Google Play close to doubled their volume of apps to 1.43 million from 750,000.

But developers made more $10 billion from iOS apps in 2014 alone.

Lastly, if the cost of developing your app is lower, the profits would be higher.

But this is mainly in theory because eventually it is the number of downloads that determine your earnings and according to research simpler apps are less often downloaded.

There are tons of freelance app developers but it is only the one with passion and perseverance that can etch out a name for themselves. If this is really what you want to do, put in efforts to better yourself every day.

Finding the Current and Future Trends in App Development

The future and present situation regarding app development in the technology sector relies on what the consumer wants and what businesses will pay for. As it stands so far, the trends in app development lean towards making apps mobile compatible. In fact most trends in app development are geared towards mobile development. With that being said, the market which is being target is the Android operating system. This is to accomplish the goal of the forecast of a future trend, which is to out iOS.

The future is determined by events that occur in the present. Currently, if you follow the market on app development, you will find that convenience, user experience, location and growth all play in part in setting trends. These trends include:

  • If an app supports cloud environments or applications
  • The security of an app form hackers
  • Use of banking and mobile payment features
  • Areas surrounding app marketing
  • Is the app compatible with wearable devices

This is just a small list of the direction that these trends in development and technology are heading. The developers look at the how the apps apply in the current and future markets. The features, benefits and compatibility are important, such as knowing that Android will be the preferred market over iOS in the coming future. Each year the number of smartphone users rises tremendously. With this knowledge, Developers need to stay ahead of the game. This means rolling out apps that will offer convenience and the ability to perform multiple functions on the mobile sector.

Cloud-based apps are topping the charts, right behind rapid launching of apps and development. In a cloud world, users are able to access, utilize and build upon the functions and features that cloud offers, across multiple devices. Accessing multiple devices means added security risk, which means app developers will need to spend a great chunk of their time focusing on app security and the development of it, which research shows that there are gaps in the mobile aspect of app security.

Staying up to date with what’s trending is an ongoing process. Society is driven bigger and better things. Therefore in the world of technology this means staying ahead of the game. The one thing that current and future trends in app development have in common is the fact that these apps are created, designed and developed to increase revenue, advertising or marketability. The way to increase these factors is to find out what the consumer wants, needs and uses. Using data and app analytics allows the developer to answer these questions.

Whats hot
Internet of Things- knowing the software, the products and being familiar with mobile platforms. With IoT, everything is geared towards smart technology. Whether it is using device to device communication, wireless communication or connecting two platforms. Wearable tech is another hot item, this is anything from smart watches to smart rings. Developing apps that have the ability to be accessed through wearable technology is being forecast as a future hot trend.

Looking towards the future
Consumers are looking for display and images combined with convenience. Using one-click to pay bills or order products and services, is available through Apple Pay and Google Wallet, while creating a simple interactive platform using parallax scrolling. These two apps are headed for a strong future. Smart retail, homes and offices will increasingly grow. This is based on what the popular trends foresee, with IoT, enterprise apps, location focused WiFi connections, the future holds a smart world. Everything will be based on rapid marketing strategies, syncing mobile phones with smart based features in the home or office and retail locators.

The trends of the future are based on the failures of the past and present. Taking an app and revamping the bugs using other apps and tools. The way to foresee this is through research, data, marketing and experimenting.

Build Mobile Apps – No coding required!

Hey People. We were looking out for something that will ease your workload. We thought it would be great if you could create apps more and reduce the time to make it. We stumbled upon the best thing ever…

Build Mobile Apps!

The best part about this? It does not require coding at all! Just drag and drop and voila! Your app is ready. Let us learn more about this and how it will benefit you.

What is BuildApps?

BuildApp is the most advance drag n drop app builder you’ll come across. It allows you to build iOS, Android and Kindle Fire apps without coding. You can even build mobile sites with the help of this builder. Just 3 simple steps to follow: Drag, Drop & fill it in the system. That’s all. This App builder has over 300+ features to build the most advanced apps with no coding at all.

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Why Should I get BuildApps?

Well, aren’t you one of those freelancer’s who is flooded with projects and want to finish work asap without compromising on quality? I am. And that is why I would recommend using this.  You can build apps for:

  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Kindle Fire
  • And even Mobile sites

The best part? Both iPhone and Android Apps are built in their own native builds!
The App builder will compile and build your app and even submit it to App store/ Google play for you.

You will get:

  1. Lifetime account of app builder
  2. 100+ app templates and premium templates
  3. 300+ features
  4. Build unlimited iOS/Android/Kindle Apps
  5. Lifetime customer support.
  6. Your own online account.
  7. You can use it on any computer(Mac or Windows), cannot download it since its a online account

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The Rule Book of App Development for Freelancers

As app development becomes a more prevalent form of income for software development freelancers, the need for a “rule book” or code of ethics regarding how a developer will address clients and projects continues to grow. While there may be different methods or perspectives required for each new project, each developer has his or her personal boundaries that they must establish and abide by in order to avoid being uncomfortable in their work. It’s always important to push one’s boundaries and try to take on a variety of projects in order to improve one’s overall skill in their particular field; however, as a freelancer has acquired more skill and knowledge regarding client conduct, it becomes clear that boundaries must be established and upheld.

One example of what may be a universal rule in every freelancer’s theoretical rule book is to set a due date for their work. If a client has not specified a specific date for work to be due, discuss it with them as soon as the project is assigned, and if the work is a part of a personal endeavor, establish a due date with yourself. Keeping the concept of time in mind will draw a map that shows where each step nearing the project’s completion will fall on a theoretical timeline.The most prevalent reason that a code of ethics is required for freelancers in any field is the occasional lack of communication regarding issues such as confidentiality, exact amount of payment, method of payment, and so on. Communication with the client should be considered an investment, and all matters that can be explicitly described and inquired about should be done so as soon as the question arises. It is advisable for an app development freelancer to have a written list of questions that he sends each client so as to cover as many bases as possible offhand, and inquire for additional information as soon as necessary.

As app development is such a creative industry, many freelancers are often producing software on their own without having an outside party present to judge their work or represent the original idea as a solid foundation on which the project is built. For those who are taking on a task of their own, whether it be to test their skill or create something useful for consumers, a code of ethics is also very important. As stated earlier, a personal due date or estimation of completion must be set in order to ensure a timely release of the project. A clear idea of the app’s function should be written down so that the developer does not stray so far from the original idea that they find they have completed an entirely different project. It is also important for their work space to be appropriately set up to avoid distractions. It is not uncommon for people to be easily distracted when their internal monologue is the determining factor of what they do.

All in all, every freelancer in any field must have a code of conduct that applies to each situation and be willing to discuss all additional details with the client without hesitation. If a client is not willing or able to give necessary details, it may be unwise to conduct business with them; if you are not able to clarify an idea enough to start a solid project based on it, then the idea may need to be simplified or elaborated on. Every freelancer has personal preferences regarding how they conduct business, and they should be clarified and discussed whenever applicable.

10 Questions to Ask When You are Hiring an App Developer

If you want your app to go viral and make you money, the most important thing you can do early on is hire the right development team to design it. With so many companies to choose from, this can be a daunting task. To find the right team, consider these 10 questions to ask when you are hiring an app developer.

1. Can I See Some Working Samples?
Always ask the developer to see some apps they have developed that are currently available for sale. This way you get to see exactly the quality of the work they produce.

2. Can I Get It in Writing?
Never take the word of a developer when it comes to price or terms. Always request everything in writing before work begins.

3. Will I Be Updated During the Process?
The key to keeping the project on schedule and on par with your goals is to check progress during several key intervals of the development process.

4. Are Changes Going to Cost Money?
Inquire before development how much it will cost during design to make small modifications. If the project needs to go a new direction, you don’t want to be hit with huge charges for the changes.

5. Is My Input Welcome?
Ask the app developer if you will be consulted during the design to ensure the project is completed in line with the instructions you prepared. Input from you can streamline the process and eliminate any doubts for the team.

6. Is the Work Guaranteed?
Once the app has been delivered, is the work guaranteed against any bugs or issues that may arise.

7. Can You Develop Apps Across Multiple Platforms?
Be sure to inquire if our app can be developed for a wide variety of mobile applications, don’t settle for just one.

8. How Long is My App Guaranteed?
After the app is developed, inquire about how long is it protected against defects or bugs.

9. What are the Payment Terms?
Don’t assume the balance is due once the app is completely finished, an app developer may prefer small payments periodically throughout the development process.

10. What If I Am Not Satisfied?
Does the application development come with a satisfaction guarantee in case it does not meet your expectations. You should not have to pay for inferior or sub-par work.