Feeling of having lost control over your app is the worst one ever. After all,  if anything goes wrong, it is YOUR idea, your money, and your responsibility. It is no doubt that so many people are afraid of their app development to be outsourced. This may explain, why 90% of startups fail – the irrational fear of getting someone to control your app, even though you know you are not able to do everything right yourself.

But should you be afraid of outsourcing? No – but only if you do that smart! This process has many faces and it’s much safer than many people think – for instance, you can hire a dedicated app developer, who will be working for you, and you only for a set period of time. Here’s some common myths connected with outsourcing.

MYTH #1: Your idea will be stolen and implemented by someone else


Your idea is completely covered by an international law if you decide for outsourcing for one of the EU, OECD or/and WTO countries.


It is called an NDA – a Non-Disclosure Agreement. It is a legal contract between at least two parties that outlines confidential material, knowledge, or information that the parties wish to share with another for certain purposes but wish to restrict access to or by third parties. When you decide your app to be outsourced totally to a software house, they will sign an NDA with you. And even if you decide to hire a dedicated app developer from a software studio only, he and the software studio will have to sign as well.


Breaking those legal agreements involves in huge financial penalties, software house will not take the risk of it. Not mentioning, that its reputation would be destroyed in the crowded app development market, it is a very important asset! Hence, whichever road you will choose, your idea is completely safe and will belong to you forever.

FACT: No, your idea will not be stolen, as law protects your Intellectual Property rights

MYTH #2: You won’t have any control over your app development process


The biggest nightmare of all outsourcing doubters – what if I pay a software house my hard-earned money and then I won’t be able to contact them until the app is finished? That’s never gonna happen!

No good software house will agree to work in the dark, as an app development process is so complex that there is an absolute MUST for a frequent contact with a client. That’s why software houses are (commonly) working in agile methodology. Thanks to it, you totally control all of your project as the development process is based on frequent 2-week iterations. Each iteration is shared with the client to test it, get feedback and improve when necessary. Your your app progress can be tracked any time on Jira, Basecamp or Trello.



Even choosing a payment option is up to you! You can decide, whether you want to pay a fixed price or a time & materials model. Software house will consult you, which form of payment will suit your situation. When you hire a dedicated app developer, it seems the same: it is possible to track his progress using one of the mentioned before platforms and he will have to update you by himself how the development process is going after every iteration. Hence, the position of a boss of your app will be maintained, and no one will be able to take you away from that!


FACT: Software house will update you every step of the way

MYTH #3: Quality of your app will be worse than if you would do it by your internal team


The intense truth is, that even when being a successful startup entrepreneur, you can’t be good at everything. You can be the best strategist in the world, the most creative and dedicated person but… you may lack in programming skills. And it is no shame to admit that to yourself.

If it is really eager for you to achieve success, you should assign some pieces of your business to experts – and that is where an outsourcing step in. Software house has much experience in app development and the best experts under their roof. And they will give you things that no freelancer ever will – after their work will be finished, you will get a 3 month guarantee, then your app will be working really smoothly.

Afraid that the technologies used in your app are not the most adequate or the latest ones? Don’t be, as software house experts are always update programming news, as their reputation and success depend on it. Remember that you may not be a programming expert, software house will thoroughly explain why this exact solution is the best one for you.

Hiring a dedicated app developer will also assure you with right app development. Because every company knows that their employees are their true calling cards and they are always hiring only the best ones! And to be honest, who will be better at choosing the best programmers for your project – someone who has years of mobile application development or who doesn’t actually knows how to code?


FACT: Your app quality will be far better, as it will be done by true specialists

MYTH #4: A different company won’t be as dedicated to me as my own employees would be


They will be even more! Software house exists only if it has clients so it won’t risk losing any of them, surely. And because of high competition in the app development market – they will do their best to satisfy your needs, and transform you into their happy and loyal customers.

With freelancers, it is not so sure – as the studies show more than 30% of them work together on 3 to 4 projects. Yes, many of them may be truly multitasking, but are you ready to take that risk?

When outsourcing your app, you may feel it is necessary to have ALWAYS someone responsive, able to answer any of your questions and completely committed to you and you only. The solution is hiring a dedicated app developer. As its name, programmer will be completely DEDICATED to do – nothing on his mind but making your app the best as possible.


FACT: Software house will be even more dedicated, as there is their reputation at stake


MYTH #5: It is expensive and have a lot of hidden costs


The biggest myths of all! No, it is not expensive. Yes, as estimated by software house, it may seem to be a lot. But trust me – doing everything by yourself will cost you more worries and time, than any other amount of money in the world could compensate.

But alright, did you know that an average recruitment process cost per employee in the United States is $4000? Guess you didn’t. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Secondly,– when you partner with a software house, there is no more hidden cost. After the workshop stage, when you agree all the necessary details about your app functionalities and the scope of it, they will prepare for you a complex technical specification, basing on the final costs. This way, you will be sure how much you will pay. When the hourly rate and the payment amount are dealt, it is also easy to calculate how many hours will your project take – it’s becomes the number of hours x hourly rate.

FACT: There are pricing models assuring you flexibility with remaining a full control over your app

Key takeaway


Outsourcing is not so scary as it seems. It’s just assigning some of the tasks connected with your project to someone far more experienced in this field. And as a result, YOUR own app is done, working smoothly and maintaining the highest quality possible. And it is definitely the main purpose of developing an app?