3 things to consider when estimating the cost of developing your app
Have you come up with the idea for an app and are trying to figure out how much it will cost to develop? If so, you’re not alone. Many people wonder about this, but the good news is that there are some simple ways to come up with a decent estimate of the price range you can expect when trying to get your app developed. Here are 3 factors to consider when estimating the cost of developing your app.
1) Think carefully about your needs
Understanding the needs of your app is a crucial first step in estimating costs. Have you thought about what features will be included? What platforms will it be on? Do you need a custom design or an off-the-shelf template? Will there be analytics involved, such as those from Google Adwords, Mixpanel, Keen IO, and so on? How will customers get alerts? Is there customer support needed 24/7 or just limited hours like during business hours? Are there any other integrations that might require a third-party plugin? The more information you have about these factors up front, the better able we’ll be to estimate how much it will cost.
It’s also important to understand how long each phase of development should take: For example, are we talking weeks or months for initial concept work and project management, days or weeks for design, and weeks or months for coding and testing?
2) Know how you want it to look
You’ll need a sense of what you want your design aesthetic to be, both from a visual and functional perspective. You also need a plan for how the user will interact with it. If you’re looking for some help in determining whether or not you should build an app, I would be happy to help. Please feel free to contact me. Building an app is more than just having a vision, but making sure that you have the skills necessary to create that vision. The second point is knowing how much time and resources are needed: Typically developers charge per hour for their work on the project. There are often additional fees associated with deploying your finished product in different stores such as Apple’s App Store or Google Play.
3) Work with a professional
Working with a professional can help you avoid costly pitfalls and get you to market faster. A designer will take your idea and turn it into something tangible while an engineering partner will handle all the technical considerations such as backend, user experience, and server management. Designers charge an average of $60 per hour while engineers can range from $110-500+ per hour depending on their expertise and experience. Professional designers and developers are worth every penny because they know what’s going on in the industry and have a ton of resources at their disposal for solving any issues that come up during development.
Factors that can drive up costs for mobile development:
1. App platform (including native or cross-platform development)
2. Device compatibility (e.g., Android, iOS, Windows, Mac)
3. The specific features and functionality of the app you want to be developed will also factor into the estimate. It is important to take into account what the total cost will be before signing any contracts with a developer so there are no surprises down the line. Make sure to ask the following questions:
4. What languages will they use? Will they create an SDK? What skills do they have? Do they work in an agile manner? Do they have adequate support services like tech support and customer care?
5. Is there a contingency plan in case we need to make changes during the process? How does the developer handle bugs or updates after the launch date? Are those included in the price or charged extra for maintenance?