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How Much Does It Cost to Develop an App?

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How Much Does It Cost to Develop an App?

What's the true cost of an application? Find out more about some of the factors that affect this total cost and how they may vary.

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You have an awesome idea for a consumer app or you’re developing an enterprise mobile app for your business. Finally, research is finished and you are ready to go. You can’t wait to start. The only problem: you’re really not sure how much does it cost to develop an app and how long does it take to launch?

There is a perception that any app can be built within a week and cost as low as $5,000. The news stories claiming the overnight hit is a result of a weekend just isn’t true. There is also a belief that since mobile devices are smaller than desktop computers, it must cost less to develop a mobile app than a web or cloud app (yes, we’ve heard that argument!). None of this is reality. In fact, there is a lot more that goes into developing a standout mobile app.

"Good apps are not built over a weekend. It takes weeks of planning, designing, and programming to develop successful apps."

What’s Involved in Developing an App?

There are 4 stages of developing a successful app:

  • Strategy
  • App Development
  • Marketing
  • Support & Maintenance

How Much Does It Cost to Develop an App?

The cost of developing an app depends on the scope of work. Understanding what it takes to develop an app helps explain this dependency. In particular, a typical mobile app development process includes 5 key steps:

  • Define: Analyze and document detailed functional requirements and use cases for all of the app’s features.

  • Design: Create UI / UX designs and click-through prototypes of your app in iteration

  • Development: Build the back-end, APIs, and mobile app front-end

  • Debug: Perform thorough QA testing

  • Deployment: Launch the app in app stores and set up back-end server and database

Assembling the A-Team

When assembling a mobile app development team you are really investing in expertise, experience, and specialization. This includes user experience design skills, advanced development skills, program management skills, and industry knowledge.

So How Much Does an App Really Cost?

There’s a lot that goes into developing a successful mobile app. Consequently, the development cost will be a big part of your investment. Starting any development requires a well-thought-out mobility strategy, an expert app development team, and a realistic estimate of the app’s development time & cost.

So, are app development costs too high? Not really. App development cost is not an expense, it’s an investment. Your primary reason for building an app is to solve a problem or developing new business. The reward is a significant return on your investment (ROI).

If you are interested in building an app, you can try out this free app development cost calculator.

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