Now that you have made up your mind to have your mobile app representing your business, you need to look for a capable development company who can do the job to your optimum satisfaction and within your budget. It is quite obvious for most businesses that they do not have robust in-house infrastructure and capabilities for building mobile apps of their choice and so they need to hire development companies.
With so many app development companies out there claiming to deliver the perfect app for your niche, it is really tough to decide about the development company that can do the justice to your business needs.
Even when you have a pretty list of high profile and eligible development companies ready in your hand, you cannot approach all of them because of your own budget constraints. You need to hire development company that has the experience of building similar niche apps within a budget. Your decision should strike out a balance among various constraints and choices.
Figure out the type of app you need
The first step would be figuring out the type of app you need. Too many businesses approach development companies without a clear idea of their app or the kind of purpose it is going to serve. Their closest point of reference is their business website and often they forget that an app should be a lot different from websites in terms of meeting user expectations.
If you don’t want to make this mistake for yourself you need to figure out what the app is expected to do, features it is going to offer and the kind of look and feel it is going to sport. You can take some idea from apps of similar niches or competitor apps. Figure out the following things.
- The app objectives
- The necessary app features and functions
- How can the app add value to your customers
- The kind of user experience you want to offer
- How the app will serve your business model
- How the respective app will fit into your digital strategy
When you figure out the above-mentioned details, you can actually guide your developers with a proper idea of the app.
Figure out the app development budget
Now that you have figured out the app you want to build, you need to decide on the app budget. You need to decide how much money you want to spend in building the app. While there are no definitive guidelines concerning the development cost of an app, research will reveal some brackets of cost for various apps. The average industry estimates for app development goes something like this:
- A simple app with bare minimum features will cost around $25,000
- A fully-featured business app will cost somewhere around $90,000 to $210,000
- For building a cross-platform app with robust backend support will cost around $250,000 to $1,000,000.
The above-mentioned figures represent only gross and average cost of building apps in western countries and may significantly vary in other parts of the globe.
Figure out the development company to opt for
You can be a startup or a well-built business enterprise and according to your budget and capabilities, you need to figure out the kind of app development company you can opt for. Pros and cons are on both sides. While large and global development companies are far more equipped to deal with complex app development tasks, they can give you a price quote which is too ambitious for your business. In complete contrast, small development companies can deliver lucrative cost advantage while they may struggle for meeting complex UI requirements of certain projects.
Go for locations with less overhead cost
Mobile app development companies in the US, Canada, and Australia can make a more expensive price quote while in India and China you can find many highly skilled and credible development companies offering development service at a highly competitive price.
Location if the development company is important for faster project completion as well. The app development lifecycle always increases for maintaining timelines and schedules among parties located in different time zones. This enhanced development time adds up to the development cost as well.
Can the development company become your strategic technology partner?
A mobile app development company should not only build an app but should accompany you through the entire development process and through the app lifecycle. It will continue to upgrade and update your app, address issues, come with value additions and find out innovative ways to engage users better. You should go for a development company that can play the role of such a strategic development partner.
Mind the portfolio of successful projects
The final consideration for your ideal app development company will be the portfolio of successfully completed app development projects. Does the company claim to have cross-platform mobile app development experience? Does it say to have built a wearable app as well? Check out the portfolio and find out the details of the development team along with individual experience, certification, skill set, recognition, etc.
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