Even in this day and age, where the culture of offshoring and outsourcing all kinds of services has become quite commonplace, the location of your service provider can have certain impacts. There are several aspects of mobile app development that can be affected by the location of the developer you choose for your project.
This is why it is very important that you, as a client or buyer of mobile app development services, are aware of how to conduct a proper search for an appropriate service provider. In this article, we will discuss not only the tips and tricks for a location-specific search but also the various ways in which your provider’s location can affect your project.
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How to look for the best mobile app developers according to location
There are several ways to look for a developer based on your preferred location.
The first method is Google search, and not just a quick one! You need to explore all your options and then make an informed choice. In order to make your search more specific according to the location you wish your provider to be in, you can make your search phrase so that it includes the location as well. For example, if you want to look into some of the top companies in the UK, you should look up the words “mobile app developers UK” so that the companies which do operate in or out of the UK are pushed up to the top of the returned search results. You can do the same for any country or region of your choice.
The second method of finding developers within a certain geographic region is to go through local business directories, where companies publish their business listings. Using the same example for the UK, here is another scenario. If you want to look for a reliable mobile app development company in the UK, you can visit local UK business directories. These business directories might list all sorts of service providers that are registered in the UK region. Companies that are listed here also publish their contact information, address, portfolio, description of their top services, and other similar data which could help you shortlist some top app developers in the UK. If you would like to make your search even more specific, such as by looking for a mobile app development company in London, you can even go through business directories that list companies based in a particular city or province within a country. There are also certain B2B ‘marketplaces’ online where you can find some great options. One famous example of such a marketplace is BusinessOfApps, which is a platform that exclusively lists app development companies. They also have a location-, technology-, and platform-specific lists of developers such as the one for iOS app development companies.
The third method – which is possibly the most effective one – of conducting a location-specific search is to look for providers listed on review websites and platforms. They have not only location filters but a number of other criteria too. Let us suppose you want to look for a mobile app development company that offers services costing $10,000 to $50,000, is based in the UK, and has a rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars. You can use a combination of available filters so that the site shows you only those top companies which meet all three of these criteria. A lot of review sites also allow companies to publish other details which may help their clients in choosing the most suitable vendor. This information includes their past work, such as the clients they have built apps for; details of each project they have delivered; technologies they have experience working with; the number of employees, typical team sizes, and available roles, along with possible engagement options; types of services they offer, specifying the services in which they are most proficient, that is, their specializations; and, of course, verified client reviews which the sites’ representatives obtain by directly interviewing the clients, usually via phone calls. Two of the best examples of these types of review platforms are Clutch and GoodFirms.
Why the location of your developer can majorly impact your project
For those of you who might be wondering why it is important to conduct a location-based search when looking for a mobile app development company, we will be discussing how the location of the vendor can impact your development project.
Even though outsourcing projects to remote locations has become quite common and a lot of people are not bothered by the providers’ locations, we cannot deny the fact that location plays an important role in the type, quality, and cost of mobile app development services you receive.
To illustrate the difference, let us do a brief comparison between two imaginary mobile app developers, one in the UK and the other in India. App developers in UK can usually cost a lot more than those in India. However, like every other product or service, the lower the price of app development, the worse the quality of the end product can be. If you want to find a balance between price and quality, you should look for companies in a region where costs are neither too high nor too low, but just right for your budget.
Furthermore, there are certain reasons why location affects cost. When comparing countries like the UK and India, you must keep in mind the quality of technological and digital literacy and the general public’s ability to gain access to the latest technologies and development tools and methodologies. Developing countries often lag behind in all these areas when compared with developed regions. Due to this difference, the level of skill exhibited by the developers based in both these regions might be miles apart. If your app involves some extensive work on some brand new technology, it is quite likely that hiring a mobile app development company in UK might work better in your favour.