I know that the previous post has a lot of information that can be daunting to read but there is no easy way to generalize the cost for all projects. Each project is unique and the design complexity will vary depending on the requirements that are needed to make the final product useful and/or enjoyable to the end user. With all the information presented in the previous post, you should at least skim over it and if a word or phrase catches your eye then slow down and read that section. Eventually, with every read over, you will cover the whole post.
Points to consider
However, if you want to skip over most of the post and dive right into developing your idea then I would suggest the following points to help save you money.
- Work with your developer at the onset of the project to define exactly what your requirements will be. I have found that most people do not know how to define requirements and much less put together some requirements. However, a good developer can help you write and define requirements. The requirements become a contract and a roadmap for the design of the project. Putting the requirements in writing at the beginning of the project helps in reducing redesigns and lost time.
- Think of every possible gadget that you would like in your application and write them down. Then rate them in order of importance. Ask your developer for a price quote and determine if the quote is within your budget. If need be, work with your developer to weed out the least important gadgets until the project is within your budget. Remember, you can always add the extra features later on in version two-o.
- Spend a little time doing some research when selecting someone to develop your product. You can save yourself future headaches. Some of our customers have come to us with stories of how they got a really good price on the development of their projects. However, the friend of a friend, or the relative, quit working on the project because they graduated from school and they did not have any more time to dedicate to the project. Other stories are that the project was completed but when they wanted to fix some errors or make an upgrade the developer could not be found. Therefore, do your research and remember that a little more money spent now can be a lot more money saved later.
- Finally, if you have an idea, go for it! The longer you wait the greater the chance that someone else will beat you to it and you will lose out on being first to market.
Now, a bit of advice. Have fun! Getting an application organized and developed can at times be stressful, but it doesn´t have to be. It is all in the attitude. Work with you developer as much and as often as you can. Become a team. Better yet, become a family.
If you have any questions, or want some help in developing your idea, feel free to contact us. We are always looking to help others achieve their dreams.