A startup business needs some tools for promotion. One of them is an app. However, for non-technical founders, building a startup app can be a huge challenge. Glassdoor survey found that software engineering is among the highest-paying skills. In other words, startups may have to spend much to hire a professional software developer.
The good news is that more and more young men are interested in learning programming skills. Tighter competition can mean simpler way to hire a programmer without paying much. But, is it the case? The truth is that sometimes, a programmer is not enough to build a good app. What if you have to hire a team of programmers?
Building a Startup App: How to Find the Right Programmer
In an article on Forbes, Abdo Riani suggests some steps to find the right programmer or a team for building a startup app. They are as follows.
Find Entrepreneurial Programmers
There are many programmers out there, but few of them know anything about business and startup communities. What you need are entrepreneurial programmers, who are active in business domain. What does this mean? You can find an opportunity for co-founding relationship with a programmer. This is one of the fastest ways to build a startup as well as a startup app in case that you have limited financial resources.
Entrepreneurial programmers may be open for new projects. However, most of them have their own startups. Therefore, you need to convince them about prospects of the business and invite them to join as co-founders. Besides building a startup app, entrepreneurial programmers can help you define priorities in business. This is a smart way to minimize the risk of failure.
Define Your Objective
This is all about commitment – the most important aspect that determines success or failure of a startup. In fact, not all startup founders have such commitment. Before building a startup app, ask your self first, “Why do I build a startup?” If you find the reason, hold it as your true motive. Stick to your motive when planning the startup app. Are you looking for a way to make more money, build your brand, build authority, or any other reason?
The true motive behind the startup will determine how you build the app. This also determines the way you hire the programmers. Make sure to commit to your motive. Then, you can focus on building a team, building prototypes, seeking for potential markets, as well as selling or promoting the skills. Even though you lack the technical skills, a strong commitment helps you build a powerful team.
Talk to a Mentor
If you cannot define your own motive, find someone that can help. A mentor may help in clarifying your path. Remember that hiring the wrong persons may cost your a lot in terms of finance and energy. Therefore, a mentor may help you in selecting the right programmer for the startup. A mentor is particularly important if the startup is a side hustle. Despite a side job, you do not want it to fail, right?
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