So, you’ve decided to create an app for your business. But where do you start?
Do you approach this in a hands-on, cost-effective manner, or do you dish out the money to hire a professional who already has the skills and knowledge in creating apps? There are three routes you can take when it comes to creating a smartphone application.
There are quite a few do-it-yourself options out there for businesses with a tight budget. If you don’t need your app to be too complex and you’re not a perfectionist, building your own app using online do-it-yourself tools is probably your best option. These tools have a what you see is what you get kind of interface – ideal for the technically challenged novice. Some of the more popular DIY tools include AppMakr, App Inventor and Appypie.
Work with a Developer
If you find yourself limited on time and better off hiring a developer to create your app, make sure you have all your paperwork in place (such as non-disclosure agreements) early in the process, in order to protect everyone that’s involved. Ensure you have clear communication with your developer so there are no surprises and both parties have appropriate expectations. Express your needs and wants, but listen to the professionals and try not to micromanage a design or development project.
Go with the Pros
If your app is going to be a big part of your marketing strategy and involves complex functions, you may want to go with the professionals. Agencies and development shops will do everything for you from figuring out what exactly you want the app to do, to measuring quantitative results. Hiring a professional agency will typically range from $5000 to over $25,000. It’s certainly not the most cost-effective solution, but it’s the safest one for ensuring you’ll be getting what you want and that it will be done properly the first time.