Lately, you have been thinking of taking your business onto the fingertips of the people by getting a mobile app. You have a fair idea as to what do you want in your app, who are your target users, and what do you expect out of the app.
But the high costs of developing a mobile app are stopping you from going ahead. The startup app developers charge by one man-hour, which varies according to the region.
If you have thought of outsourcing, you are wondering as to how to go about it, or whether the quality of your app will be as per your requirements.
All this is delaying your wish for having a mobile app.
Keep your worries aside, and read on to know a few secrets about having a quality mobile app at reduced costs.
Being clear about what features, specifications, and the kind of user experience, you want from the mobile app can help you in reducing costs to a high level as unclear and non-detailed requirements will confuse the developers, and will cause you to request changes shooting up the costs.
Always make sure that your requirements are easy to comprehend by the developers so that you can get your desired results at the first go.
Setting multiple purposes for your app can create doubts with the developers, and while clearing the confusion, it will shoot the costs.
An MVP is a prototype of the final version. It features the basic functionality of the end product. It helps to understand the user response to the early access version.
It is, building the app on the top of user reaction by adding secondary features. The initial user response helps to make improvisations by incorporating the required changes.
It helps in tapping the user mood, thus, gain initial profit. Building an MVP helps avoid the development of detailed interface and branded design. It allows the business masters to put in new investments later on with a view of addiction and change.
By developing an MVP, an early version of the app is launched, which targets one single region, with sufficient features and functionalities to suffice the early users’ needs.
With the surge of multiple devices with multiple platforms in the market, it becomes imperative to have an app which works equally well on all the platforms.
The most popular choice of platforms is iOS and Android, with each having its user interface features. However, building an app for each of the platforms individually will end up making a hole in the pocket of the company.
To save costs, the developers employ advanced hybrid or cross-platform frameworks which allow the creation of apps similar to native analogs in design and performance working on multiple platforms.
Apps developed using a cross-platform framework will work across multiple platforms and hence need not be rewritten for other platforms individually, thus saving the cost.
Cross-platform apps turn out to be cost-effective, less expensive and have a greater reach.
Open source templates allow mobile app developers to use the standardized APIs which fit most of the frameworks. As a result, the cross-platform app development companies list is on the rise.
These open-source templates are tried and tested and have high-end building mechanisms that help in shortening the software creation process. By using these templates, mobile developers get to collaborate, exchange and improve the apps with community support.
Open source templates also have an added advantage of the availability of third-party plugins which make the usage and improvements useful.
The incremental approach of Agile Methodology allows flexibility to the developers to make changes as and when required on the road to the complete and final product.
Non-Agile methods make it essential to finish the product first and then test, eating into costs and time.
Agile allows the incorporation of changes at each stage of development, testing, and deployment, making it easier for the developers to deliver the finished product.
Every different feature requires additional costs. For example, an e-commerce app will require a
Payment Gateway, a category of products, etc.
However, with multiple platforms and various mobile devices, it becomes essential to understand the user base and then add the features required. Unwanted features of the app add to its development costs.
When we add frills and ruffles of app features, we, inadvertently, add to the clutter in the app and unnecessary costs to the app development process.
Mobile apps are dependent on certain features of the mobile device like camera, GPS, etc. Not all apps require such features, or not all mobile devices have a similar interface which renders such features useless.
For example, a food recipe app or a fitness app does not need a GPS so that it can be avoided.
Whereas outsourcing can considerably lower the budget, hiring an in-house team can cost the company dearly.
An in-house team can prove to be a not-so-wise option for startups as it leads to the hiring of different resources across the domains, which is not only expensive but also time-consuming.
Outsourcing gives the advantage of using a global talent pool with a focus on core business and is a cost-saving exercise.
Though a formal and cumbersome process, it is always advisable to present a detailed document that helps the developers to have a basic knowledge about the company background, clear idea, and general requirements. It may contain finer details to be discussed during the workflow.
Though it may help the client relax, it can affect the cost negatively. However, if compared to the costs incurred later, detailed documentation can help save money.
It would be prudent to take some time to compose a complete detailed list of requirements for future reference.
To avoid any roadblocks arising due to miscommunication and other obscurities, it is crucial to be in constant interaction with the developer’s teams in a language that is simple and understandable by the developer teams.
Clear communication can help circumvent the corrections and additions later on, which may incur additional costs.
More the specifications, more the expenses.
The current trend has shown a preference for minimalist designs and simple outlook, which are user-friendly and convenient.
If you have chosen Non-Agile methods, it is advisable to the startups that they allow either the automated testing or have a highly qualified team of testers.
In case you decide to do away with the testers; you will have to pay more after Go-Live during bug fixing, etc.
Never be in a hurry to get the end-product from the developers. Constant haste causes the developers to make mistakes which may lead to missed deadlines, and additional expenses.
While making the budget for the app, it has been seen that the companies forget to take into account the cost of updates. After the app goes live, the user response motivates the companies to improve user interface, and bug fixing bringing in the need for updates.
Surveys have shown that the apps which are updated regularly give great performances and a high rate of active users. Never ignore the cost of adding the latest features which can help you be the flagship of the market.
To reduce costs while making a mobile app, it is advisable that the startup outsources the app development work with a clear and detailed idea of the requirements. By introducing a basic cross-platform app, it can judge the mood of the targeted audience and can bring in the required changes at later stages.
Employing the latest technological advancements can help the company get a fantastic mobile app at a cheaper rate. The ultimate aim should always be to get it right the first time.
Harikrishna Kundariya, a Marketer, Developer, IoT, ChatBot & Blockchain savvy, Designer, Co-Founder, Director of eSparkBiz Technologies, A Mobile App Development Company. His 8+ experience enables him to provide digital solutions to new start-ups based on IoT and ChatBot.