How to build a mobile app with a limited budget

Mobile App

Weather you are looking for the next billion-dollar idea or simply you need a mobile app for your business, here I offer few tips that will help you develop a minimum viable product within a limited budget.  If you are reading this article, you are somehow aware of the benefits mobile apps offer.  iPhone app development as well as Android app development have become a powerful instrument for customer engagement, best way to reach out to customers and push brand recognition and business growth.  Now the questions: How can you keep up without breaking the bank?


Always Create Clear Specifications

Many businesses initiate their mobile app development with unclear requirements.  This is one of the biggest money-wasters in the development process.  If project requirements aren’t clear, the goal is constantly moving, the team can’t focus since they do not know what the are aiming.  The process affects UI/UX designer and in terms will affect your mobile app development team.

We must fully understand:

  • Who is the target market, what are the demographics?
  • Who is the competition, what can you do better?
  • Should you focus on iPhone App Development or should you app also support Android app development?
  • Should you build a native or hybrid app?
  • What is the list of must have features for your app?
  • How you intend to monetize your strategies?

Focus on one platform

Various businesses that develop mobile apps have to create separate versions of the same app to fully meet the requirements of their target demographics.  In most cases there is a need to develop for iOS and Android. Is key to determine which of the two platforms are mostly used by your target audience, based on your target audience research you will determine which platform to develop your mobile app.

Hybrid apps can cut down cost by 30% but they are often sluggish and difficult to customize.  They are not as affordable as developing a single app for a single operating system.  Even though hybrid apps are perfect for developing a minimum viable products with limited budgets and timeframes, a native mobile app provides flawless performance and best user experience.

Avoid over-engineering and focus on MVP (Minimum Viable Product)

All core 1 development features should focus on a MVP, focus on the main functionality, design architecture and features.  This approach is to mainly to expose the product to test your app’s future health, impression on users, attract investors, and to check if the app offers traction and resilience.  If the main features of the app cost more than your ideal budget, then don’t rush into building a complete-functional app from the beginning.  Let’s remember Rome wasn’t build in a day, and the most common apps on the Apple Store started as a MVP.

Fnal remarks: With real cost come real concerns that surrounds Android and iPhone mobile development.  If you have the funds to fully execute your dream app, great.  If not, then you have to make sure to have clear requirements where your team such as UI/UX designers and mobile app developers have a clear understanding of each feature and true logic behind the app.  Focus on a single platform, you can lower cost by 50% if you focus on one platform.  It’s a common problem when trying to build everything perfectly before releasing the mobile app, when the user finally gets to see your final product in some cases the app might not be what they wanted, therefore is important to focus on the bare minimum product and get it out to users.