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When you’re looking for the best mobile app development company to build your app, there are many factors to consider and a Mobile App Request for Proposal (RFP) will help you find the right partner for your project. A well written RFP will not only help mobile app development companies know exactly what you need, but will also help you to filter through companies that don’t align with your vision, goals, and budget.

It’s in your best interest to create a comprehensive RFP because you’ll receive more accurate information regarding your specific mobile app project. Writing a mobile app RFP, however, can be a daunting task and if not done correctly, it may lead to problems once development has started, or it can lead you to choose the wrong development partner altogether. Here are 4 common mistakes to avoid when writing your mobile app RFP so you can put together an accurate, detailed document, saving you both time and money in the long-run.

  1. Not Understanding The Scope of the Project

What exactly do you need to be built? What features are must-haves? What platforms do you need your solution made for? What are your business and marketing goals? It’s essential that you have a good understanding of the scope of your project, and that this vision is reflected in the overview you provide in your RFP.

  1. Not Asking Questions Beforehand

Engage with vendors before you write your RFP so they can get a good understanding of your project. You want to ask the right questions to filter through vendors that don’t have the knowledge and expertise needed for your mobile app project.

  1. Not Understanding How Much Your App Will Cost

Including an estimated budget will help qualify responses. If you’re hesitant about including a budget range in your mobile app RFP, keep in mind that it can help you qualify responses that are a poor fit very early in the process.

Budget ranges for building applications will vary significantly. The budget is affected mainly by two factors: the complexity and scope (size) of the project, and the quality/experience of the mobile app company. Providing a budget range can help you improve the accuracy of responses.

  1. Not Including Enough Detail About Your Project

A detailed mobile app RFP helps eliminate ambiguity and sets the foundation for a project that is more likely to stay on time and within budget. Vendors will better understand exactly what you are looking for, resulting in a more accurate price and timeline estimation; less likelihood of unexpected issues arising during the project; and even the added advantage of saving valuable time once the project has started, which can ensure the product is shipped by the deadline.

When mobile app development projects fail, they do so often because of inadequately defined requirements. For that reason, the clearer and more comprehensive your RFP is, the greater your chances of getting higher quality responses that lead to a successful outcome.

Originally published here.