So you’ve come up with a brilliant idea for a great new app. We’ve all had one, and idea that’s just so perfect you can’t believe no one has made an app for it yet. Let’s say its an on-demand service to clean up after your dogs messes, because that job is gross. The Uber of poop=scooping. You’ve even come up with a perfect, silicon valley-approved name. Let’s call it DuDoo. You know you’re sitting on a million-dollar idea, but now what?
First, you’re going to want to do some research to figure out how much this is going to cost you. Luckily, there’s an app for that! The handy website howmuchtomakeanapp.com walks you through the app development process to give you a rough idea of the costs involved. Here are some things to consider as you get started that will affect how much your app costs to build:
1. Do your research.
This is critical to making a successful app and putting your money where it needs to go. After you’ve brainstormed your earth-shattering idea, look very closely to ensure that the same product doesn’t already exist somewhere. Use your research to also come up with a picture of who your target audience will be and how you expect them to use your app, and what prospects you expect your app to have over time.
2. Decide on a platform.
Deciding to build your app for Apple iOS, Android, or both has a big impact on the cost of development. These devices call for different programming languages, so if you choose to build your app for both, you essentially have to build it twice, doubling your costs. The research you did early on should help you identify which platform is most appropriate for your app.