How to Keep Costs Down When Developing a Mobile App

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Nearly every business can benefit from developing a mobile app, and yet so many businesses put it off. Why?

Building a mobile app can be expensive!

There are a lot of hidden costs that go into developing an app, which can end up making an app cost tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of dollars.

Don’t let the potential cost keep you from building a mobile app for your business. Here are a few ways you can keep costs down so you can actually afford app development.

Build the App Yourself

It’s true that time is money, and if you’re more interested in saving time, hiring a professional is the way to go. However, if it’s all about cash, nothing beats building the app yourself.

That doesn’t mean you have to know fancy coding language. There are plenty of online app builders that make creating an app fairly easy. You’ll spend more time in development and figuring out how to release your app than you would if you hired a professional, but you will save money.

Keep Things Simple

Think you have to go bigger and better when it comes to your app? Think again! The truth is, most users prefer simple apps. That’s good news for you because simple apps cost less to create.

A simple app includes things like:

  • Email subscriptions
  • Social media login
  • Calendars

And it avoids complex features like:

  • Customized animations
  • Multiple languages
  • Real-time results
  • Payment acceptance

Plan Ahead

No matter what you’re building or creating, planning ahead is key. If you don’t plan ahead, you’ll end up spending more money trying to fix the decisions you made while flying by the seat of your pants.

Map out your app and create storyboards. Know what color scheme and images you’re going to use. Get your ducks in a row before you even sit down to program your app and the process will go much more smoothly. And it’ll be more affordable too.

Consider a Hybrid Mobile App

A lot of people use iPhones, but a lot of people use Android devices as well. Unfortunately, both of these platforms require different development. That is, unless you decide to build a hybrid mobile app.

It is true that a hybrid mobile app costs more than creating an app for iOS or Android, but it is a lot less expensive than creating separate apps for each platform.

If you want to reach a wider audience, but you don’t want to dish out the cash it takes to create separate apps, a hybrid mobile app is the way to go. If your app is successful, you can always go back and update it for each platform at a later time.

Building a quality app is always going to cost money, but that doesn’t mean it has to cost more than it should. With these tips, you’ll be able to reduce costs without compromising the quality of your application.

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