How to Outsource React Native Development [Ultimate Guide]

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Max Litvinov

Apr 27, 2021 | 22 min read

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There are many reasons your company might want to develop an app and many developmental options available for applications. One option becoming increasingly more popular is React Native. This is discussed more in-depth throughout the article.

Finding the right professional or team to develop these applications can be challenging. This is one reason many business owners are choosing to outsource React Native app development services.

The good news is that Appvales is a react native app development company with an excellent track record. They’ve worked on several unique applications, including:

  • Finderscope – a community app used to enhance books
  • MatematikTutor – an eLearning application that helps people of all levels get better at math
  • Docomondo – a document management app developed to keep track of important deadlines and helps organize paperwork
  • Eventville – an app that helps people find the best event tickets in their city
  • Salu – an application that allows fans to book personalized videos from their favorite people

No matter who you choose for React Native development outsourcing, knowledge is essential. Continue reading to learn more about the React Native framework, why you should outsource, and much more.

Why Is React Native a Good Choice?

With so many different application development options available, what makes React Native such a good choice? It’s an open-source framework that began on Facebook in 2015 but has since grown to be included in many of the world’s most popular applications. Besides Facebook, React Native is used to develop the apps for Instagram, Walmart, Wix, Pinterest, and UberEats, among others.

If the big name drops don’t convince you, the benefits of React Native will. There are many reasons this type of framework has become so modernly popular.

Faster Development Capabilities

Thanks to the high code-sharing capabilities of the React Native framework, applications can be developed faster. To speed things up even further, a React Native software house can use the same code base for iOS and Android. This multi-channel development is unrivaled by alternative options.

Saves Development Times and Costs

Developing apps can be a time-consuming, costly activity. It becomes significantly less so when making use of the React Native framework. The method allows cutting development time and costs by ensuring prototyping is quick.

Easier For Developers

Using React Native is easier for developers for several reasons. Most notably, the code reusability makes catching errors easy. Once caught, it’s easy to debug the mistakes using the same resolution for iOS and Android applications.

Top 10 Reasons for React Native Development Outsourcing

The best way to make use of the React Native framework is through outsourcing. Outsourcing React Native application development services means hiring a digital agency or freelancer to use this specific framework to develop your company’s application. Modernly, many companies have turned to outsourcing as an effective way to get work done.

But why?

There are many reasons to outsource React Native app development services. Below we discuss the top ten reasons. Keep in mind this list isn’t all-inclusive, and other benefits to using this framework may exist.

1. It’s More Cost-Efficient

Hiring either a React Native software house or a freelancer to develop and maintain your app is significantly more cost-efficient when compared to bringing a full-time employee onto the payroll. There are two reasons for this.

The first reason is that you’ll only be paying for the necessary hours or work completed. Freelancers don’t have to be hired on twenty to forty hours like a traditional employee. With application development, there’s no reason to hire someone to work all those hours.

The second reason is that the agency or freelancer you hire will be working for multiple clients at once. While you’ll still get quality customer service with the right outsourcing, you’ll often receive a better rate versus an hourly in-house employee. This is because of the “shared” costs of outsourcing.

2. You Can Focus on Core Business Activities

When outsourcing React Native application development services, you’re free to focus on core business activities. These core activities are what keep your business running, and, in many circumstances, they can only be handled by you. There’s also no reason to add to one of your essential employee’s workloads to get the job done.

What’s even better than being able to focus on your core business activities without distraction? Knowing a reliable, high-quality application is being developed at the same time. This is the true beauty of outsourcing.

3. You Gain Access to Advanced Know-How

The React Native app development company you outsource to will be an expert in React Native application development. That is what they’ve built their career on. It’s what they do day-in and day-out.

If a person spends a significant portion of their waking hours on any task, they’ll become experts. Add into this the schooling and on-the-job training these professionals receive, and the know-how they possess is unrivaled. When you outsource, you gain access to this advanced know-how and can reap the benefits of it.

4. No Extra Effort to Maintain On Your Behalf

Do you want a highly functional, professional-grade phone application for your company’s customers? The benefits of doing so are many, especially with so many people accessing the internet via their mobile phones. Unfortunately, this endeavor is a time-consuming one that not all companies have the man-hours for.

Hire React Native developers and this solves the issue for you. You can reap the benefits offered by an app but without investing any extra effort to maintain it. The money invested into the application will likely pay itself off in a short time, so finances aren’t usually an issue.

5. There’s More Scaling Flexibility

The scaling flexibility of the React Native framework is enough for most companies. Consider the size and complexity of some of the largest companies using this framework.

Consider how many users apps like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Discord have. All these applications have thousands, millions, or even billions of users. The scaling flexibility of React native has allowed them to grow as needed to keep up with user demand.

This means no matter how large you plan (or hope) to grow your company, the React Native framework has the potential to grow with you. The only thing to note is it becomes more challenging to maintain as you scale. However, when you outsource the task to an experienced professional, this complication doesn’t affect you at all.

6. Less Paperwork for You

Nobody likes to do paperwork. It’s the bane of professional existence, and most people will go to great lengths to avoid extra paperwork. The good news is that choosing to outsource React Native developers means less of a paperwork mountain at the end of each workday, workweek, or quarter.

The company or person you outsource your application development to will handle most of the paperwork. If there is paperwork for you related to your company’s application, it will be limited.

7. The Tax Benefits of React Native Development Outsourcing

The agency or freelancer you outsource work to isn’t subject to the same tax rules as employees. The income paid to freelancers isn’t subject to FICA withholding. FICA withholding refers to monies paid towards social security and Medicare.

However, there’s one thing to keep in mind if you hire a freelancer versus an agency. If you outsource React Native development services to an individual, make sure the contract is one for an independent contractor. Not paying attention and improperly classifying an employee can result in severe consequences.

8. To-the-Market Delivery Is Faster

To outsource React Native development means to have someone working on developing your application throughout working hours. This gets the final product to the market faster.

If you were to work on the project in-house, it would likely need to be fit in between other tasks. This reduces the total hours during a typical workday the project can be worked on.

For example, let’s say the professional you outsource to can work on the project for a total of seven hours per day, five days a week. The in-house alternative allows for four hours of work on your application, five days a week. The theoretical application will take 100 work hours to complete.

In the outsourcing example, there are 35 hours of work being done each week. The application would, therefore, be completed after just shy of three weeks of work.

For the in-house example, there are 20 hours of work being done each week. This means the application would be completed after five full weeks of work.

In this theoretical example, outsourcing saves two full work weeks. The result is ready for the market in three-fifths of the time it would have otherwise taken.

9. A Fresh Perspective Is Brought On Board

Sometimes you have a general idea of what you want, but you aren’t sure how to achieve it. Bringing a fresh perspective on board can help flesh out your ideas and bring them to fruition.

When you bring on a professional, that new perspective is backed by advanced industry knowledge. The developer you bring onto your team has real-world experience in what works and what customers want.

10. Gain Access to a Wider Talent Pool

If you were to hire an in-house developer, your options would likely be limited. It’d depend on who worked in your area and who was available full time.

When you outsource React Native, you gain access to a significantly larger talent pool. Since they’re freelancing, the developer you choose can live anywhere. They don’t need full availability as long as they have enough time to complete your project.

Where to Find the Best React Native Developers

There are three ways you can find the best React Native developers. You can look at online job platforms, perform a query on your favorite search engine, or ask for referrals.

Online job platforms will generally only have freelancers available, not agencies. However, you can post your position on these platforms, and sometimes you can find agencies alongside individual developers.

Your favorite search engine will bring up both local and popular global results. These may include freelancers but most often includes agencies.

Asking for referrals only works if you know other people who have used a React Native developer. If you do, ask them if they’d recommend the professional used and why or why not.

Critical Questions to Ask Potential Developers

No matter where you find the developer or whether you’ve chosen an agency or individual, you want to vet them thoroughly. You can do this by asking them these critical questions before making your hiring decision.

Questions About the Developer

What Schooling or Training In Application Development Did You Receive?

The schooling or training developers receive can vary greatly. You want someone who has received one or more certifications (online or off) at the bare minimum. If a developer has gone to school for two or more years in their specific field, that’s even better.

How Many Years of Experience Do You Have?

Every developer has to start somewhere, but fresh-out-of-school developers should generally be working with more experienced professionals. You’ll want the person you interview to have at least two years of experience. It’s fine if those two years were working alongside a more experienced professional.

What Other Projects Have You Worked On That Are Like Mine?

You want a developer who has taken on similar projects that focus on React Native. Not all developers are experienced in this specific form of application development. Asking if they’ve worked on similar projects can help you find the developer best suited to your particular needs.

Do You Feel Our Company Culture Is a Good Fit For You?

Don’t overlook the ability of a freelancer or agency to mesh with your company culture. You still want to work with someone who upholds your company values and gets along well with your team.

What Questions Do You Have About the Project?

A great developer will have one or more questions about your project. This shows you they take pride in what they do and want to make sure they’re a good match. Any developer who has zero questions before their hire isn’t someone you want to work with.

Do You Have Referrals From Previous Clients?

Many app developers keep portfolios of their previous work and have retained referrals from previous clients. Ask your potential hires for these. They may also direct you to the online ratings they’ve received.

Evaluating Non-Technical Skills

Hiring the right application developer isn’t all about technical skills. You’ll want to ensure the person you hire has a robust set of professional, non-technical skills, too. This evaluation can be done throughout your interview and by contacting any provided references.

A few of the most critical non-technical professional skills you want to find in a potential application developer include:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • An ability to set and meet deadlines
  • A friendly, polite demeanor
  • Great team-working capabilities
  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems
  • Self-driven without the need for constant management
  • Unrivaled organizational skills
  • An openness to constructive criticism and apply it moving forward
  • An ability to give feedback constructively
  • Creativity
  • A positive outlook

There may be other skills you look for in a candidate. However, the ones mentioned above are the most basic, essential non-technical skills you’ll want to find.

Questions the Developer Should Be Able to Answer

Besides questions about the developer themselves, there are certain technical queries they should be able to answer. Some professionals choose to administrate these questions as a test before an in-person or virtual interview. These questions include:

  • What is React Native, in simple terms?
  • What are the primary advantages of using React Native for app development when compared to alternative options?
  • How would you convert an iOS application to Android?
  • What does the term “cross-platform application development” mean?
  • What (if any) is the difference between hybrid and native application development?
  • What is a virtual DOM?
  • Are You Fluent In JavaScript?
  • What is the difference between props and state?
  • What is the point of Redux, and why does this matter?
  • What is Flux?
  • What is JSX?
  • What is the difference between React Native and React.js from a developmental standpoint?

Working With a Development Agency Like Appvales: Is It Worth It?

We’ve mentioned that outsourcing React Native development services leaves you with two hire choices. You can choose to use an individual freelancer, or you can choose to work with a development agency like Appvales. Although the final decision is unique to each company, there are a distinct set of benefits related to working with an agency.

Reliability

It’s a sad but truthful fact that not all freelancers are as reliable as you’d hope. Many of these individuals freelance on the side and may otherwise have a full-time or part-time job. This doesn’t leave them a lot of time (or energy) to dedicate to your project.

When you hire a development agency, you know the developers have ample time for your project. Most of the time, working at the agency is each professional’s full-time job, although it isn’t rare for them to sometimes take on small side projects.

Another way reliability is increased when working with a developmental agency is that there may be two or more developers. This means faster to-market time for your application. It also means if one developer has something come up, the others can likely keep the project moving forward.

More Professionals for Your Project

Working with a developmental agency means working with an entire team of professionals versus a singular person. Depending on the agency you work with, this could mean extra-specialized developers. By “extra-specialized,” we mean professionals who focus on one part of React Native development.

The benefit here is that the project is broken down and given the utmost attention by the most highly qualified professionals. The entire project will likely be overseen by a single manager, which will also be your point of contact. You receive the benefits of a whole team without the complications or hassle of managing them.

Greater Scalability Built-in

Working with an agency means there’s greater scalability built-in from the beginning. If you plan on expanding your app, the agency you choose can likely do this for you, whereas a freelancer may need you to hire additional help.

Potentially Lower Costs

A developmental agency may have capabilities beyond React Native app development. Many of these agencies have professionals who can undertake other tasks for your company. They may, for example, be able to work on different types of applications or offer additional app-related IT services.

By bundling these tasks with a singular company, your potential costs are lowered. If you were to hire a different freelancer for each of these tasks, the costs would significantly increase.

Management Beyond Development

Most development agencies like Appvales have the potential to provide ongoing management of your application. In other words, they can handle not just creation but management, debugging and scaling. This allows your company to reap all the benefits an app provides with none of the hassles.

The Bottom Line

React Native provides numerous benefits on its own, but outsourcing the project offers the most significant benefits for your company. Hiring a development agency like Appvales is generally considered the best course of action versus an individual freelancer.

Want to outsource React Native development? Contact us today. Appvales has worked on numerous React Native projects, including community apps, eLearning, and file management. You can find more information by looking at the case studies on our website.

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