Do’s and Don’ts For Successful Engagement With Freelance Developers

The wind is blowing in the direction of Freelancers. They seem to be the flavor of the season. Everyone is looking to outsource work to freelancer developers. The reasons for this sudden upsurge are many. However the result of such engagements has seen a mixed response. Here are some features of a successful engagement with freelance developers.

Is Your Development Roadmap In Place?

Apps are everywhere and they are attracting big money or so we are told. If you have an idea for a good app, you only have to hire a developer and eureka you are dipping your hands in liquid cash. But there is many a slip between the proverbial cup and the lip. App development is not a cake walk. Not only do you have to grasp the intricacies of the app but also know how to go about developing it. For this you need to understand project management. Your app developer may be excellent but he should know what you actually want from him so that he can deliver the goods. Your ideas must be clearly conveyed and the process must be equally evident. This is an important tip for a successful outsourcing engagement.

Does your app developer have live projects to showcase?

They say that proof of the pudding is in the eating. Having a few completed projects under the belt is important. Experience in executing development projects is critical and means much more than mere theoretical knowledge. There are many subtle issues which every developer encounters in executing live projects. The learning curve is pretty long in app development. You must make sure that your prospective developer has enough projects to showcase before awarding contract.

Watertight contracts with specific project deliverables

Time is an important factor in app development. Given enough time anyone can develop an app. Quality of code can lead to smaller code snippets and faster execution. All these factors, including timeline for completion, have to be clearly spelt out in your contract. It often happens that there is a difference of opinion on what you feel is required and what is understood by the developer. Such a situation will certainly lead to disputes at a later stage. It’s best to have a comprehensive contract spelling out all requirements in detail.

Developing a prototype

If you have a large development project, it’s advisable to first design a smaller prototype to test your idea. If you find that the prototype is not satisfactory, you can always shelve the project. In case you are happy with the pilot project, you can increase the scope as required. Modifications and changes can be incorporated after testing the prototype. This process would save you time and money.


Successful engagement with an app developer depends on you. You must have a clear vision and a roadmap which a developer can use as a blueprint. Prior experience in app development can reduce time for execution and also avoid usual pitfalls which befall coders in general.

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