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Three options for hiring an app developer for your next project
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Three options for hiring an app developer for your next project

Looking for app developers? In this article, I give you three options for finding an app developer that will fit your budget, timeline, and business goals. Consider hiring Pixoul for your next mobile app build.

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Devon Fata
June 22, 2022

When you're building an app, the first thing that comes to mind is how much it's going to cost. But after that, you'll want to think about how long it will take for your project to be finished and what kind of developer you need for the job. We've compiled a list of three options for hiring an app developer for your next project so you can make an informed decision about what works best for your team.

Hiring an app developer can be a huge investment in time and money, so it's important to know your options.

Hiring an app developer can be a huge investment in time and money, so it's important to know your options. You should ask yourself:

  • What are the goals of this project?
  • How much time do I have to invest in its success?
  • What is my budget for the project?

Your first option is to hire a digital agency.

When working with a digital agency, like Pixoul, you’ll be working with a team of designers, developers and project managers. This is the best option if you want to get your app developed quickly. They can handle all aspects of developing an app from scratch or updating an existing app.

The advantages of working with a digital agency include:

  • They have expertise in user experience and design thinking practices that can help create better products for your business;
  • An experienced leader will take care of managing the project so that it stays on track;
  • They’re expert at scaling up projects when there are new objectives or goals (such as adding new features);

While agencies are an expensive option, they likely offer more expertise in app development than stand-alone freelancers. Consider this expertise carefully and decide how much that's worth to you both in the short-term, and long-term.

A second option is hiring a freelancer.

While not our preferred method, this tends to be a good idea for smaller projects, specific skillsets and quick turnaround times. Check out freelancers on top sites like Upwork to see what talent is currently in the market.

With this model, you are completely reliant on the developer and their work, so if they don't deliver what you want or need it can be very frustrating as well as expensive to redo or re-hire someone else. You also have no control over the process or deadlines because it's all up to them!

We have seen some companies scale up entire teams of freelancers in the past, but this can come with variable levels of success. If you're looking to build a team of freelance developers, you're compounding their abilities and skill levels, but you're also compounding communication barriers, team inefficiencies, and potential long-term consequences. Think carefully before pursuing this option for major projects or long-term app development needs.

A third option is assembling an in-house team.

If your company has a small number of employees, and you need to develop an app specific to your industry or market, having an in-house team might be a better option than hiring a contractor or vendor. When it comes to apps, the most important thing is to have the right people working on them. But assembling an in-house team requires more than just finding talented employees; you also need to make sure that they're working together efficiently and effectively.

The first step is hiring the right people for this project. If each member of your team brings something different (and complementary) to the table, then their combined skills can make for extraordinary results — but if everyone on your staff is coming from similar backgrounds or perspectives, then things may not go so smoothly.

If you're looking for staffing or recruiting needs, let's talk about how Pixoul can help scale the team you need at a price you can afford.

Hiring a digital agency probably offers the most flexibility.

Hiring a digital agency probably offers the most flexibility. Digital agencies can offer a range of services, from web design to development and marketing. This means that you have more options when it comes to finding people who have the skillsets you need for your project and ultimately create better results for your business.

Digital agencies often provide project management services, which can help ensure that things stay on track. In addition, many agencies have access to resources like graphic designers or copywriters who can help augment their service offerings. This means that they're able to provide a wider variety of services than individual freelancers might be able to offer (and at lower cost).

A good digital agency will work with clients across industries by providing them with everything they need from strategy consulting all the way down through implementation and optimization during each phase of their projects—something smaller teams may not be able to do effectively because they lack either expertise or capacity at any given moment in time.

At Pixoul, we like to boast one final, and important, differentiator: the federal R&D tax credit. When working with Pixoul, we ensure each dollar you spend with us is redeemable toward a dollar-for-dollar tax offset on your federal tax liability. That means that every penny spent with us will go toward a federal rebate that helps you recoup the cost of our project. Get in touch with us to learn more about how this works!

Decide on what type of developer you need based on your project needs, budget, and time frame.

The first step in finding the right developer is knowing what type of developer you need based on your project needs, budget, and time frame.

Choose an in-house team if you're looking to scale long-term, feel that you need dedicated support, or are working within a niche industry. This is the most expensive option, but can be especially helpful when considering infrastructure and architecture, security, scalability, and support.

Choose a freelancer if you're working on a small project that requires completion of simplified tasks with specific skills. This "project-based" support is best for work that doesn't long-term ramifications on business goals, objectives, or finances.

Choose a digital agency if you're looking for experts who can work alongside your team in a myriad of specialties: ux design, front-end development, back-end development, etc. Agencies are often more expensive than freelancers, cheaper than hiring an in-house team, and provide the best extensibility when considering both short-term and long-term goals. Only work with agencies that have verified reviews, achieve high quality results, insist on strong communication, and are willing to act as business consultants across the life of your mobile app.


We've outline three major options for choosing how you'll develop your mobile app. What you ultimately choose, is up to you. If you need help comparing these options in more depth, Pixoul is a dedicated web and mobile app agency that has been providing software development services since 2016. We're here to help, even if that means choosing options other than us.

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Devon Fata

Devon is the Chief Executive of Pixoul LLC. He works closely with clients to explore new ways to capture key performance objectives, build habit-forming products, and improve digital product ROIs.

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