Jumpstart your app development

Are you intrigued by the idea of developing your own app but you don't know where to start? I have written in the past about outsourcing using eLance or other sites. Those places are a lot like eBay... You post a project idea and developers bid on the job. You choose a developer based on their proposal, portfolio, and of course, price. But just like using eBay, there are risks.

Enter www.iPhoneAppQuotes.com. I met with these folks at MacWorld and they offer a novel approach. They are more like a professional matchmaking service, putting customers in touch with qualified developers. They only work with U.S.-based developers, which can eliminate concerns over language and timezone differences. They screen all of their developers via extensive phone interviews. And they do NOT charge a commission... Just a finder's fee, which is nominal.

I believe there is room for a variety of ways to outsource iPhone app development, but just as I would not recommend buying certain items such as medicine or fresh produce via eBay, I would recommend checking out iPhoneAppQuotes for any mission-critical app development projects.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.