You’ve done your market research. You know your customers want your app.
You know there is a need for it. And people are even downloading it.
But for some reason, no one is using it. Whether you’re building your first app, or your 100th, having people test your app is critical to its success.
Why You Need Users to Test Your App
The problem a developer has when testing their app is the curse of knowledge.
Because you’ve been working on your app for 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 5 months, you’ve become too familiar with it.
In other words, you’re too familiar with the little nuances, subtleties, and workarounds that are required to get your app to work properly.
You know that a script has to be installed between the <head> and </head> of your website. But if that isn’t documented in the instructions, there is no way for your user to know.
You may be using your app on a Windows device in a Chrome browser and it works perfectly fine. However a user on an iOS device using a Safari browser might have a completely different experience.
These little steps and differences that you’ve take for granted, will stop a customer in their tracks from using your app.
In this article, I’m going to show you a number of strategies that you can use to get your web or mobile app tested by real users. These are going to be users who fit within your demographic but have different mobile devices and internet browsers to ensure a seamless customer experience that makes your app easy to use.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like working for a virtual company, where most people are working while wearing their pajamas at home, without the need to travel to an office?
It’s possible, and there are very real, very profitable companies who have 50%-100% of their staff as virtual teams spread across the globe. We asked some of the top companies in the world who use remote employees two important questions about their remote team building practices:
What is your advice about HIRING remote employees?
We had to ask this, because let’s face it, it can be hard to look for and hire a reliable remote employee that will stick with you for the rest of their lives (okay, maybe not for the rest of their lives but at least for several years).
What are your tips for MANAGING remote employees?
This is really challenging because it’s difficult not to micromanage your staff even if you don’t intend to. Their answers are very helpful in finding other ways to let your employees know you are monitoring them without breathing down their necks
Odesk and Elance have merged to become Upwork.com and the leader in hiring freelancers and remote tracking software..
However, they’re only focused on short term projects, not long term workers and at Time Doctor we’re part what we call the second generation of remote work.
So, we’ve amassed a list of companies that we think have figured out this out as well
Each of these companies on the list has their own unique approach to helping companies hire freelancers and remote staff.
We decided to break this down into two categories: Staffing Marketplaces and Time Tracking Software.
General Freelancer Platforms
General freelancer platforms contain every imaginable kind of freelancer that a business could possibly want. The benefit to the business owner is that this is a one stop shop for outsourcing talent. You can find a video editor, a blogger, a designer and a developer all on one platform.