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If you’ve ever invested time into landing projects on UpWork, you’ve likely sent out a fair share of proposals.

For Up2Code, that fair share is nearly 3,000. As you can guess, we haven’t built 3,000 apps — somewhere just below 1% of that amount actually.

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Why do we continue to plug along on UpWork despite having such a low conversion rate?

Well, for one, I’m not the one sending proposals anymore.

But, seriously, we do it because those few proposals that do land pay for the time investment many times over.

But, you didn’t need me to tell you that — you understand how sales works. …

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Last year, Up2Code worked on an application that allows you to control Quickbooks by chatting with your Google Home.

We had a great time building out the product, but an even better time bouncing ideas around for the possibilities of voice controlled applications.

The AI’s we have at our disposal — Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, etc — are powerfully helpful tools, not to mention those in the works like Magic Leap’s Mica.

While we rattled off quite a few that got us excited, I’d like to share one that I’d like our team to build out soon.

Most mornings I wake up, fire up an espresso, and ask Google to read me the news. But, my relationship with the Google Home pretty much ends there, aside from the occasional weather query or song request. …

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First, a note on hiring freelancers alone to build your app —

If you’re aiming to get a stress-free, ready-to-launch business off the ground, it’s likely better to pick a development agency. It’s important for you to be confident you’re getting experts handling the strategy, design, development, and launch, and all under the same roof to make sure nothing is lost in translation.

That being said, if you’re looking to test an idea or launch a product that you aren’t depending on, hiring freelancers to save some money is a great idea.

Assuming you can recruit a talented designer and developer to get your idea built, you’re likely looking at spending between $15,000 and $50,000 using freelancers. …

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