We break down the costs of creating different kinds of apps and how AppMakr can help you cut them down to as little as $1/month.
Do you have a killer idea for an app? Before you can turn that idea into a reality, you need to know everything you want your app to do, who makes up your target audience, and how much revenue it could potentially bring you. And even after all that, all the potential costs of actually bringing your app idea to life add up to one serious minefield.
Luckily, you are not alone in this struggle. The world of app building is expanding as individuals, big corporations, and small businesses begin to recognize the true value that a useful app can bring them.
Whether you’re building an app just to boost your brand recognition, or creating what you hope will be a huge revenue generator, being clear on the costs of building an app is crucial. These are some of the things you can expect to pay significant out-of-pocket sums for -- if you’re working alone, that is.
What Kind of App Do You Want to Build?
Basic table functionality - These apps display basic, static information -- diet planners, calculators, and calendars all fall under this category. The cost of making this type of app will depend on whether you want to include additional features like social media integration or GPS locators. Price: $1000-4000
Apps with a database - Any app with a database will be reliant on data that is often sourced from a website, and should allow users to do searches, input data, produce results based on your location, and more. Apps linked to databases usually require more programming and APIs, which in turn requires a bigger budget. Price: $8,000-50,000
Games - think Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga or Flappy Bird. Game apps can be real money-spinners if developed and optimized well, but a decent gaming app will also be expensive: the costs of high-end graphics, user experience, a point scoring system, and social media integration tend to add up quickly. Developer time, graphic design work, and other associated costs mean that developing a game app that will make any impression in the market isn’t likely to come cheap. Price: $10,000-250,000
Breaking Down the Costs
You’ve probably noticed that the potential costs of producing any type of app can vary wildly. This is because a number of factors contribute to the overall cost of the app.
Interface - Even this most basic of features can have a dramatic impact on development costs. A default/stock template will cost in the region of $5,000, whereas a custom-made interface costs at least $12,000. Another possible option is to use a custom-made interface that someone else has developed, which will come with a price tag somewhere in the region of $8,000.
Social Media Integration - Allowing users to login to their social media accounts to they can share app activity will cost somewhere around $3,000. An email login feature will cost about $2,000, which is useful for helping your customers to make individual accounts, but not much else.
In-App Payment - If you plan to monetize your app by offering in-app purchases, you’ll need an eCommerce platform capable of handling financial transactions through users’ bank accounts and debit cards. Even without the costs of whatever you’re offering customers, a system like this will run you at least $3,000.
Of course, the number of features that could conceivably cost you time and money during the development process is almost endless, but here are a few more common items on programmers’ to-do list:
Ability to sync data across multiple devices: $8,000
Rate/review feature: $4,000
User profiles: $3,000
Integration with another website: $3,000
Custom-made logo: at least $500.
Keeping Costs Down
As you can see, developing a great app from scratch can cost you great sums of money, and the more features you want to offer, the more cash you have to fork over. There are, however, a number of ways to keep costs down.
Be as hands-on with the app design process as possible. It is not enough to have a general idea of what you want app to do -- sketch out your app idea and break down all of the scenarios your users could encounter (e.g. “if my user came to my app for this reason and pressed this button, what would happen next?). Having a clear idea of exactly how you want your app to work should cut down time and money spent on development.
Alternatively, you can use a service that’s guaranteed to make app building easier and more affordable. AppMakr allows you to create iPhone and Android apps quickly through a simple drag-and-drop tool for as little as $1 a month. Your final product is limited only by what your phone can do -- and what you can imagine. No matter what you or your business needs, AppMakr gives you the tools to get on the mobile market without draining your budget.