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You’re not going to build your app for a $1000

Web & Mobile

Joshua Davidson wrote this article


We’ve covered this topic before about how much it typically costs to build an application for the iPhone, for Android or the web.

More often than not, you’re looking at large projects that require months of work, thousands of hours of labor and a huge commitment in time/energy.

That is why, as open as we are and countless other companies in our industry are also, it shocks me about how many potential clients of ours end up working with the sixteen-year-old neighbor or the “team” in Uganda who has promised them to build them a Facebook-like application for $1,000.

Listen, let’s jump right into this now.

If you have heard the expression, “if it is too good to be true, it probably is” it is because the expression is pretty much always true.

This is especially the case when it comes to building an app.

When you ask five different companies to build your dream application, in which four of them come in at a certain price range, but one comes in significantly lower, most people will immediately think to themselves about a great deal they must be getting.

What they do not realize is how screwed they would be if they go with that deal.

About how much in additional unforeseen costs, stress, labor, loss of market opportunity and time they are about to incur.

When it comes to the app development world, you truly do pay for what you get.

This isn’t an article preaching to you to go and drop the second mortgage tomorrow to build your dream app. You need to be smart about your investment, your money and the team with which you decide to partner.

However, you also need to make sure you aren’t naive.

Understand that projects which take thousands of hours and require teams working on it will cost money.

Think about the salaries that need to be paid, the money being paid for services, development repos, programs to build.

The amount of time spent in meetings and on support.

These projects though digital, should be compared to the same type of project as building a tangible skyscraper. You need the people, the resources, the materials and the time.

When you better understand what goes into building an application, you begin to better understand the rationale behind the costs and why quality projects cost what they do.

When you are a more informed consumer, you begin shifting out of the what a great deal mindset into the cautious, what is the catch mindset when a too-good-to-be-true offer falls into your lap.

You can and will find great deals out there, but realistic ones.

Saving a few thousand dollars on a $50,000.00 project is one thing, but receiving four quotes for $50,000.00 and other for $5,000.00 is something completely different.

Be smart and educate yourself before reaching out to companies like us. It’ll help save you a lot of time, hassle and most importantly of all, prevent you from being scammed.

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