So, you’ve finally decided to leave your corporate job and start your career anew as a freelance app developer. Congratulations for taking that bold step to independence!

Now, how will you get started? As of this writing, countless apps are there in the app stores—but this should never discourage you from making your mark in the industry. Let me share with you some tips on becoming successful in this field.

 

Learn from the failures of terrible apps.

Evaluate not just the best apps but also the worst ones—what went wrong, what’s missing, and what could be improved. This way, you won’t repeat the same mistakes.

Develop simple apps first.

As a fledgling indie mobile developer, it’s not yet the right time to be ambitious with your projects. Start small by coming up with simple apps that can be released in as fast as 2 months. Your success rate will be higher because doing so enables you to experiment with a lot of ideas and innovations, as well as create many apps that will become part of your portfolio.

Create something with passion.

As with any kind of pursuit, making it big as an app developer entails passion—a lot of it. So make sure you work only on something that you’re passionate about. Otherwise, it will be just a complete waste of your time.

Get a good teammate.

Two heads are better than one—this couldn’t be truer in app development. Find someone who share the same passion and goals with you and who you’ll see yourself collaborating and exchanging ideas with for the long run.

Just do it!

Overthinking and obsessing about whether you’ll succeed or fail will just cause delays. Just get started and believe in yourself. With constant trial and error, you will be able to improve and eventually make things happen.

Becoming a successful app developer takes patience, hard work, and persistence. So when you fail for the first time, don’t be disheartened. Learn your lessons, and do better next time.

How to Make it Big as an Indie Mobile App Developer

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