Guide to Low Cost Mobile App Development for Startups

Mobile App Development for Startups

One of the initial questions that every business owner wishes to know the answer to is how much does it cost to develop an app? Here is an extended guide to the same.

Mobile apps are really doing a great job to fetch services to the clients. It just requires a few clicks and the services are delivered. And this illustrates the importance of mobile applications for your business. Well the very first question that comes into the mind of business owners is the cost of developing an application. In case, you will take the assistance of any mobile app development company, it will break down the answer in different aspect to reply back.

This approach is actually the best of all as the cost of developing an application can differ from one company to another. This is because the requirements and the parameters of developing the application may differ from clients to clients and so is the cost of the application.

That being said it’s nothing like we cannot work on getting the estimations that occur when developing mobile applications.

Here are some of the factors that affect the cost of developing mobile apps:

  • The preference of the clients (operating system and the technology)
  • Design and the development (app’s UI and UX)
  • Backend development, API integration and the testing
  • Marketing and promotion cost

Now that we have talked about the aspects that determine the cost of developing an application; let’s get further to know the factors that could help develop an application with limited budget.


  • Set your goals first


The goals for developing an application may vary from client to client and that is why it is important for every custom mobile app development company to talk about the clients’ requirement in advance. The question may include the type of targeted audience, specifications about the functionality, the technology to be used in app development and other such specification if you find any.

  • Thinking about the right mobile app development pricing model

The most important question is should you pay the developers on hourly basis or you should hire your resource on fixed price? When you have tight budget, it is a good option to hire resources on fixed budget. Well a tight budget may prove to be a hindrance in the overall development of a mobile application. Thus, it is advised to keep some room with your budget so that the development could be carried the right way.

  • Choose single platform and a limited device range

Your mobile app development project may get concluded under the budget if you choose to work on single platform with limited device range. For instance, Android app development seems to be more expensive as there are different devices to cover when indulging in any such development. Thus, it is a good option for the startups to constrain their mobile app development to limited number of devices.

  • First invest in MVP

MVP is minimal viable product that serves as a shortened form of the actual product that you are to develop. The MVP is created by curtailing some of the not-much-needed functionalities in the initial release. It helps to gather user feedback, validate the assumptions taken earlier, and analyze the market demand prior to developing the actual product. It saves you money as you are restricting the investment on the initial prototype.

  • Go with a company having good years of industry experience

While hunting the best mobile app development companies you will come across a number of organizations who will claim to offer the best services. Take out some time in order to research so that you could find out the companies providing the best services. After you get certain names do a comparison of the services and the price for the same in order to filter the companies with the best service under reasonable price.

The Verdict

Hunting for app development services is not a cakewalk. Therefore, it is much better to take services of a mobile app development company. This will help you to get services under predefined budget along with all the necessary requirements. The ideal way is to talk in person about your requirements along with following all the above-written suggestions. This will help to hire the best app developer.

Moreover, the specific app functionality may add up to the entire cost thus it is always good to have a preview of the cost that may additionally occur. A proper planning will help to consume the services at the best possible price.


Siya Carla is the Solution Consultant at Finoit Technologies, a leading custom software development company which provides unique web design and mobile app development services. By creating interactive mobile apps for 450+ customers across the globe, Finoit enjoys a great reputation as a prominent mobile app development company.

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