How much will a mobile app cost your business? This is a great question, and it's the first question on the minds of our customers when they come in to talk to us about mobile app development. This topic is important to almost everyone because no one wants to spend too much money, everyone intends to get the best value, and most of all no one wants to make a mistake in business. So the answer to How much does a mobile app cost question is that "it depends."
The Answer is Size
The answer to this question is all about the size or the scale of the app. It's kind of like buying a car. Do you want a Kia Soul? Do you want a Ford F-150 pickup truck? Are you looking for a Volvo? Or are you looking for a Ferrari? Now compare those cars to apps.
The Small App
When we think about a small app, that usually means that the app is mainly informational. An informational app has very little user interaction. It just displays data, and it's relatively static. An app like that may cost you between $50,000 and $100,000.
The Medium App
A medium size app typically requires integration
. It needs some level of backend technology to support it because mobile apps don't store data. They need a backend in the cloud to store that for access when it is needed. So for a medium app like this, you will spend a bit more money. That could mean $100,000 to $250,000 depending upon the type of functionality and features required to meet your business needs.
The Large App
And then there's the large app. A large app is one that has many integration
points. It may be a line of business app that ties into back-end systems like SAP, or maybe your CRM system or other others. Those types of integration are highly customized, and there is a wide range of possibilities and strategy that is required. A large app can run anywhere from $250 to a million and a half, or more.
This Really Isn't Scary
Now I'm not trying to scare you. I'm trying to give you an accurate idea about where your app might fit into these different models. Before you seek out a mobile app development partner, sit down, think about all the features that you want in your app, think about what your app needs to do, and come in prepared with a list. Don't try to design the app, rather think about what the app should do to achieve your business goals. If you do that you will be on a solid road to developing an app that will be a success for your business.
Now that you understand the costs of the types of mobile apps out there, have you thought of the hidden costs of developing a mobile app? We have.