Today there are loads of possibilities to turn your ideas and dreams into reality. It is quite easy to make your brainchild work in a shape of a mobile app. The Internet gives you an opportunity to make it without knowledge of coding language, platforms, and requirements for a successful app. There are many people and companies that can do it for you at the affordable price, so the only thing you have to do is to hire a developer or a company that can cope with the task and realize your concept.
Today it is a common practice to use some outsource developers to make mobile apps for entrepreneurs. However, there are some tips that can make your life easier and the process of app development cheaper and faster.
The main one is that you have to get a clear notion of the future app, what features it should have and what its purpose is. The lack of visualization will lead to unnecessary processes and explanations, waste of time, and money. As a result there is no guarantee that you will receive the thing you need. Usually, the owner of the app pays for the working hours to the developing team. So, you need to specify the task saving your money for other experts.
When you select a company, make sure that it is trustworthy and will not overrun the budget. In case if you want to hire a freelance developer, there are plenty of sites where developers offer their services, like Upwork, Freelancer, Github, Dribble, and others. When you choose a specialist, check his/her credentials and look through the portfolio to be sure that a person has enough expertise to handle your task.
The price of the app depends on several options, among them are:
- Compatibility in terms of the platform
- Complexity of the task – front-end and back-end integrations
- Complexity of the design
- Number of compatible devices
- Updates and support
- Location of the company
When you work with a team of developers, usually a team consists of a project manager, UI/UX designer, a couple of developers, and an expert responsible for quality assurance. The more complex project you have, the bigger team is required. Average prices depend on the complexity of the app.
Today the average price for one hour of work costs around $50. According to this:
- a simple app without catchy features will cost you from $1000 and up to $15,000 in case you want to add complicated things like GPS
- the price for mid-complexity app with several kinds of integration like with the social media and API and database integration will be around $8,000 – $50,000.
- complex application with all details customized, 3D modelling and animations, real-time synchronization and other catching features will cost $30,000 – $80,000.
- Gaming app usually costs around $8,000 – $50,000
iOS development is more expensive than for Android. It is quite reasonable because there are fewer devices and versions of iOS platform. However, there is a possibility to retrench if you need an Android app: choose the most popular devices run by Android and the price will be diminished. The most expensive version is a cross-platform, of course, as developers have to take into account both OS.
Location and size of the company also plays a great role in the price of the app. In India, for example, the starting price for an hour is $10. For fraction of the price Western European and US developers take for their job. In addition, small companies rate their work cheaper than big well-known ones. However, the quality of their work may also be an equivalent to the price they take, so before you decide to save money by hiring such a company, make sure that it is credible.