Usually, a mobile app based start-up begins with a “I have an idea for an app”. If you believe also that your idea is robust enough to build up a business model around it, you must understand what to do before asking for a quote.
The time spend developing an app depends on its complexity, but usually at least we can talk about an average of 3 to 5 months of development. And here comes the first consideration to be made if you have an idea for an app: if you want to turn the app into a profitable business you should start by thinking about allocating resources to carry out the app development in iOS and app development in Android during those months.
I have an idea for an app. What do you need this app to do?
This step must be prior to contacting the company specialized in app development. Obviously we will help you to organize the views, to study the best way of log-ing, to define what functionalities are the core of the app and therefore the first ones to be developed, what style and design to give the app etc.
But the more studied you study application, the easier it will be to be able to tell you the necessary time to dedicate to its development and therefore the budget. Preparing the definition of an application will only cost you your time and during the process you will learn a lot from your mobile solution and new questions and ideas may arise.
Therefore, before asking for your idea for an app budget you should be clear about the following questions:
- Are there registry?
- How does the user enter the app?
- What will the user be able to do when entering the app?
- How many features and views do you need? Have you described / drawn them?
- Do you need geolocation?
- Will there be in-app purchases?
- Is it a social app? Do you have chat?
- Who is the target audience? Do you know people within the sector? Can you try it with these users?
- Do you have any reference app?
- Should the app be developed for iPhone, Android or both platforms?
- Have you thought about how you would like the app design to be?
- Is there a time limit for its publication?
- How it monetizes?
As you can see, obviously a good idea for an app always helps but it is not even the most valuable thing in a project. There are mobile applications that have been created from business ideas that already existed and they are a success. And instead, an idea for a revolutionary app may not have a solid business model to support it.
I have an idea for an app. What time are you going to devote to taking it forward?
Once you have an idea for a specific app and you have worked on its analysis, you should think of it as in any other business. You are the person who will spend more time in moving forward with your start-up so you should know the sector where your app is framed and know what the user demands.
Think that the development of the app is just one step to get your app ahead, but you will also have to create a business plan and invest in marketing.
And always keep in mind that no one can spend analyzing your app more time than you have dedicated to planning. Having an idea of an app is not discover a problem that needs a solution, if not what solution your app provides.
Therefore, if you have an idea for an app, congratulations! Think that the more affection you devote to deepen it, the easier it will be to communicate with the team specialized in app development and the better they can advise you.