Before starting to make an app, the first problem for any app entrepreneur will definitely be the monetary availability. So how much does it really cost to make an app?
The question – ‘how much does it cost to make an app?’ is like asking the question how much it costs to build a house. Of course, a mansion in New York City will cost you way more than one in say Tennessee. The cost of building an app varies greatly on a large number of factors, such as:
- Firstly, it depends on whether you are building an app for Android or iPhone/iPad as they each have their different price. Building an app for Android is more cost effective than building one for iPhone/iPad. For getting a simple app designed for Android it will approximately cost you a minimum of $600 whereas an iPad/ iPhone app will cost you a minimum of $1,000. This is of course for the simplest of apps and the price can go up to $30,000 or more.
- Who Is Developing The App?
Secondly, whether you are building an app yourself or you are outsourcing it, makes a major difference. Say, in the case of building a house, it will cost you less if you do all the planning yourself instead of hiring an architect.
So, Why Hire Somebody?
Because an architect will ensure the perfect building of the house – both aesthetically and functionally likewise a professional app maker will ensure proper functionality of an app. To cut the costs further, work with what is available. If you have MAC OS build software for iOS and if you have a PC, build an app for Android. And then invest in a smartphone. There are websites that help you build your apps at affordable rates, and then you can publish them for as little as $25. If you are investing in outsourcing, it depends from person to person, but the best people charge more. You may risk it with a cheaper availability but the risk of bugs and coding errors are always there. Even while outsourcing, the costs also depend on how many people you outsource to. Of course if you have the same firm/person handle your coding and graphic build up, it will cost you less as opposed to getting it done by different people.
- Complexity of the App
Thirdly, the cost of the app will depend on the complexity of the app. It’s simple. A simple studio apartment will cost you less than a multi storied bunglow.The more complex the app, the more it will cost. The range may vary greatly.
- Post App Building Costs
And lastly, like any house needs continuous and regular maintenance – so does your app. once your app is ready and out in the market, the spending does not end there! You will have to fix bugs and keep regularly updating the version of your application. Almost 33% of users update their apps once a month and 80% does so twice a year as reported by appmuse.com. To keep the user interested things and functions will require additions at particular intervals of time.