Every business today needs an app — but app costs can vary wildly depending on your company and its needs. If you aren’t certain exactly how much revenue your app is going to bring in, you may want to reduce costs. Here are some tips.
- Use open-source frameworks and solutions. Many businesses will find that what they want to do in an app has already been done. Customizing an open-source framework is the fastest and easiest way to achieve a custom-built app without having to invest a lot of money.
- Choose the right app development platform. Today’s mobile apps are very complex from the ground up, beginning with the need for a cross-platform solution. The right app development platform will do many of the more complicated things on-the-fly, letting developers concentrate on custom code.
- Think about maintenance. Mobile Apps need to be maintained and updated on a regular basis; it isn’t “one and done.” Don’t just think about the development costs, but also the maintenance costs and upgrades cost. You need to work with a company that understands this and does have some experience in managing apps.
- Strip it down to the basics. Not every app needs to launch with every feature in place. Strip your app down to the features that you really need and concentrate on those; you can add later. This is the single most important step you can take to control the cost of building an app.
- Get everything set in stages. Don’t just start developing right away. Make sure your specifications have been set and that everyone agrees first; otherwise you can find yourself with an app that’s 90% done, and someone in management who wants to change it.