Why would an Android/iOS developer solely be an employee (or work for someone else)?

Union Bank / Eng ʕ·͡ᴥ·ʔ
Sep 23, 2017 15 Comments

For those Android/iOS developers who solely work for a company or for someone else: why wouldn’t you develop and put/market/sell your own apps on Play Store or Appstore?


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TOP 15 Comments
  • Google Noogler69
    Lol pretty sure writing iOS/Android apps on your own is the path to poverty. Most apps don’t make any money.
    Sep 23, 2017 0
  • Fitbit mahalo2
    Do you seriously believe a mobile dev by himself will make Bay area salary. You must be dreaming.
    Sep 23, 2017 2
    • Union Bank / Eng ʕ·͡ᴥ·ʔ
      Straw man fallacy. No argument/statement about salary or “Bay Area” was presented in the original post.
      Sep 23, 2017
    • Fitbit mahalo2
      Okay, let's not talk about Bay area, just about any company pay else where too will be far more than you can make by building your own app. And an app is just not the app devs but also needs backend devs. And you need a marketing team.
      Add to the fact that most apps don't make any money.
      Sep 23, 2017
  • New GMBk32
    Stability, benefits, knowing what your paycheck will be each month? All things you loose trying to be your own developer. But there's benefits to both... just takes the right kind of person.
    Sep 23, 2017 1
  • Uber / Eng
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    Uber Eng

    🥑 Avocadomore
    Most iOS and android devs do not have any business sense and can’t make it on their own, or lack the motivation to work outside a corporate environment.
    Sep 23, 2017 1
    • Google Noogler69
      “Do not have any business sense” = most revenue in the tech sector accrues to a small number of large companies running natural monopolies
      Sep 23, 2017
  • Consulting work is a lot of hassle and dealing with people. Doing your own startup oftentimes requires backend skills unless you build something like a camera app, which there are a million of them. Lot of mobile people are not super savvy with backend. That was my limitation a few years back. I have since learnt a ton about backend so I'm just figuring out ideas!
    Sep 23, 2017 0
  • Apple fcknblnd
    Because the pay is better, health benefits, RSU’s, ESPP, 401k, access to a large number of “experts” in my field, getting to work on apps/projects I don’t have the resources to do on my own, beer bashes, vacation time, having a new iPhone X months before the world can pre-order them, actually seeing the source code to UIKit (and every other framework I use as an iOS developer), and shit, being able to slack off every now and again without worrying about how I’m gonna pay rent.
    Sep 24, 2017 1
    • Gen!x / Eng

      Gen!x Eng

      Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HPE, Northrop Grumman
      ^^^ This. Exactly this. I have made far more as a consultant (mobile, books, backend, training) but realized that the earnings are uneven *and* in those periods of (intense) burnout when I just need to coast for a bit, it’s harder (impossible) to do because your income is directly proportional to busting ass daily.
      Sep 24, 2017
  • Intel Ruwr45
    Need ideas
    Sep 23, 2017 1
    • Blizzard


      trash human 👻👻👻👻👌✔️✔️
      Funding doesn't hurt either. Some ideas cost $$$
      Sep 23, 2017
  • New IWrh38
    The App Store is generally hard to hack to rank high, this along with advertising is a money sink. It’s pretty difficult to make an app that makes any money lol
    Jan 23, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Evergreen
    I currently make a lot of money and enjoy having a stable lifestyle. If I were to work on my own app ideas, I probably wouldn’t make as much and wouldn’t know where I’m going to find the money to pay my bills for some time.
    Sep 23, 2017 0


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