Freelance android app design is one of the fastest growing work segments out there today.
Over 1 billion Android devices were shipped in 2014, giving it 81 percent of the worldwide market. By comparison, Apple only has 15 percent of the worldwide market. There are over 1.6 million apps in the Google Play store, which is also more than in the iOS app store.
A variety of factors drive freelance android app design demand. The biggest one is that apps are seen as a new way to grab market share by everyone from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses to entrepreneurs. Indeed, Android is the fourth most searched term on the popular job search site Indeed.
Because there's such a need for freelance android app designers, it's critical that freelance designers use a solid contract when working with new or returning clients. Having a contract will help set the proper expectations about exactly what work will be done, when it will be done by, and what will be paid for it. These are some of the most common and most painful issues that come up between clients and the freelance android app developers that they hire.
We recommend that freelance android app design contracts cover three main clauses. First, these contracts should cover the scope of work, i.e., exactly what the freelancer will be designing for the client. This is one of the most most common sources of conflict between freelancers and their clients. Will the freelancer be responsible for designing the android app, or also developing it? How high fidelity do the designs need to be? Freelancers should also be clear in the contract about what designs will be provided to the designer by the client, versus what the designer will need to find or create.
The second important clause to have in your contract is the payment information. What will you get paid for your Android app design, and when are the payments due? How will the client pay? What happens if they don't pay? These are all terms that are very important to you!
The last important clause is to be very clear about the intellectual property ownership after the Android app design is complete. This should only transfer over to the client once they have paid all their invoices. However you should be careful to note whether the client only owns the final product, or all sketches, designs, and ideas that went into the Android app.