Being an iPhone app development company, it’s not surprising that we at NerdsGeeksGurus, LLC frequently receive comments and inquiries from people that would like to have an app developed. What is surprising is the amount of sensitive information people are willing to share in the process of having their questions answered. If you have a great idea, you need to protect it. This is the first in a series of blog entries focusing on tips and frequently asked questions pertaining to the app development process.
How much detail do I need to share about my app?
An app developer needs to know what kind of features and services you need. How much the developer needs to know depends largely on the services that the developer is capable of providing. Some developers only provide programming services, while others feature a broad range of services such as marketing, PR, and app maintenance on Apple’s iTunes App Store.
Some common information that developers want to know about your app include:
- Who will be providing artwork and wording for the app?
- Do you need email or social networking capabilities?
- Who is responsible for marketing the app?
- What kind of app is it?
- Does the app target a specific industry or age group?
- Who is responsible for maintaining the app on Apple’s iTunes App Store?
- Who will be providing insurance for the app?
- Do you have a time limit for completing the app?
For a check list of features and services download the iPhone App Development Worksheet.
Content details shouldn’t be shared until after you’ve determined that the app developer is capable of meeting your needs. Once that has been determined, most reputable app developers will provide a mutual non-disclosure agreement to protect both parties during and after the negotiation stages of app development. As with any contract, it is always best to consult with an attorney before signing a legal document.
How much does it cost to develop an app?
This is the hardest question for a developer to answer because the cost largely depends on how much work is involved in creating an app.
If you’re willing to learn how to program, you can develop the app yourself for FREE. If you want to sell your app on iTunes, you will need to either find someone to host your app or join Apple’s iPhone Developer’s Program so you can host it yourself.
If you want to have someone program your app, you should be aware that the cost of development varies from company to company. At NerdsGeeksGurus, LLC, our hourly fee is $150. Our average app costs from $1,000 – $1,500 a page. Keep in mind that a very basic app will contain 3 or 4 pages. A video game style app can easily run into the $100,000+ range. We also require a downpayment and signed contract before work on the app can begin.
Other options to consider are app acquisition or co-branding an existing app. The iTunes App Store features contact information as part of the description and lists the name of the seller. These options are especially suitable when time is of the essence.
What should I look for in an app developer?
Finding the right developer can be overwhelming. There are many factors to consider when selecting an app development firm. Before you sign a contract, you should have a solid understanding of the developer’s capabilities and what is expected from all involved parties. Interviewing multiple app developers will help you become familiar with the types of services that are typically offered and is a good way to clarify any questions that you may have regarding the app development process.
The main questions to ask your developer:
- Do you currently have any apps available for sale?
- Have you developed apps for other clients?
- How and by whom will my project be managed?
- Do you outsource work or is it completed in-house?
- Is your work insured and guaranteed?
Price should be considered when choosing a developer, but you also want to make sure that the developer will be able to take good care of you.
I hope this helps answer some of your questions about the app development process. In my next blog entry, I’ll discuss the question “How much will I make with my app?”
Enjoy! Have an awesome day.