A key question on the mind of any client that approaches us with an idea for a mobile app is the cost it would take to develop one. It’s a natural question and one that has no hard answer as the cost varies on many factors. This is why we at Mood Up invest a sizable amount of time into understanding a client’s requirements and expectations of a product, preferring agile pricing over a fixed priced.
Some factors such as the ones below, however, are ones you should pay attention to
1. Your priorities
You’ve probably seen the image above before and with good reason.
If anyone tries to convince you of a possibility to have all three, hire him for your sales team and not software development.
Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
2. In-house or Offshore development
Building your software in-house can be cheaper than outsourcing if you have a pool of talented designers and developers waiting on standby.
This, however, is not the case for many companies, which is why they prefer to outsource software development to independent companies such as Mood Up who possess the skill sets and experience needed to meet expectations.
We at Mood Up are strong believers of nearshoring, which provides customers with all the benefits seen with offshoring business processes and more.
3. Devices and Android or/and iOS platforms
With the numerous amount of devices that users today connect to the internet, it’s important that you decide on the platform you’d like to be on.
Not sure how to do so? Take a look at our tips for clients when considering the platform for their apps.
4. App design
Apps with beautiful User Interfaces (UI) and Experience (UX) do not happen by chance. They are the result of many hours of scoping, wireframing and numerous round of designs.
As you might have guessed, higher UX and UI quality can increase costs, which is why we pair designers and developers together to ensure a balance between cost and efficiency.
An app that can do everything is not good for anything.
Be clear about the function you want your app to serve and stick to it.
The features you expect of your app should be made clear to the developers from the start as the planning for its development depends on it.
Building an app is not a one time task as you would think.
Its process that one must pay careful attention to, and improve based on user feedback, bug reports, security and operating system updates.
7. App testing
First impressions are important and launching an app riddled with bugs will have disastrous consequences.
Testing is paramount before launching an app, but they do not come cheap.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the costs of an app are only technical and the only thing left to do is to figure out a monetization strategy.
But how would you reap the benefits of this monetization strategy if you haven’t got any users?
Remember to integrate the cost of marketing to your app.
App development is not an easy task, which is why we help our clients with detailed strategies for execution. It’s important to remember that there is more to developing an app that you would see on the surface, and the costs will reflect it. The above eight factors, however, should give you an understanding of the factors you should take into consideration.
PS- never trust a developer or a software house that asks too little questions. The questions you should be asked now will make sure there are no unpleasant invoices later on.
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