How to reduce mobile app development costs

If you decide to create a mobile app for your business, you are probably also considering minimizing the costs. We all know the costs cutting is the part of a plan for the project, so here are 5 ways for you to to that.

1. Outsource it

You can always hire a team of engineers, but putting a team together and involving necessary resources generates high costs e.g. in terms of equipment costs and team building. It also takes a lot of time and it requires them to have a lot of experience. So if hiring an IT team is not part of your core business, you can reduce costs of mobile development by commissioning app development to an experienced external company. More and more companies choose to outsource this task because of cost-cutting.

Costs are also reduced by the fact that an experienced app development company will advise you on how to proceed. You don’t have to ask another people for help. As a result, the product is at the same time in line with expectations and doesn’t generate additional costs. You can avoid the possibility of jumping on some hidden costs as the company will also provide applicable estimations — this will make the whole process transparent.

Remember to do a thorough research into companies providing services related to app development. The best way is to choose the company which offers a full software development (application logic, development, design, etc.). That’s how you’ll avoid the risk of entrusting your project to a company that fails to proceed with it from the very beginning.

2. Specify the idea, decide about the designs and do the market research

You simply need to know what you want for your project. Once you decide precisely what the app is supposed to look like and what features you want it to have, it will be much easier to make some estimates. And if the costs are accurately calculated, it is easier to reduce them one by one, for example, by simplifying complex functions or complicated design elements. All this doesn’t mean that your mobile app will be any worse! You only give up unnecessary, unprofitable or excessive things — all made easily with an experienced team.

Discuss the project details at its start. Doing research concerning similar apps and targeted users groups is crucial. You can also organize workshops. It’s a great way to get to understand each other’s needs. These can be carried out completely remotely as well.

If you outsource the app development, it would be very useful for the team to have the documentation. This would help them plan their work effectively and therefore to advise you on how to cut costs. They will point out the ideas that would be hard to implement, they will know how to avoid mistakes concerning app design. Overall, they’ll advise you to find the best options that also meet your requirements.

3. Consider Flutter as a solution for cross-platform app development

You can find thousands of articles complimenting Flutter as the most effective cross-platform framework. It’s a hybrid mobile app development platform from Google which lets developers create apps for both the Android and iOS. But let’s focus on one particular benefit of Flutter — it makes the app development cheaper. As it’s supporting both iOS and Android, Flutter saves developers a lot of time, as for simple apps and features, 90% of the code is shared between those two.

4. Keep good communication with the development team

No matter if it’s an in-house or external development team, you have to remember that constant communication is essential. It helps e.g. to avoid misunderstandings concerning the features. In case of making a mistake, the project delivery time will be extended. Also, the team has to understand your needs and expectations so that they’ll be able to implement the solution in an efficient way.

Get involved in the daily work of the team — participate in the team’s conversations e.g. on Slack, Skype or Zoom and use the framework they provide to properly manage project priorities and costs. As a client, you have to try to be as precise as possible — describe your requirements concerning particular features and designs. Also, take into account all ways in which you might be not understood. Consider all the angles, describe how it should work and why — just be specific.

5. Start with functional MVP

MVP is a Minimum Viable Product. It means that developers build the product with only the minimum but absolutely essential set of features. Why is it a good thing to do? Because it will help to check the viability of the product (and of the idea) and it doesn’t mean your app will be unfinished or not functional. And when it comes to money, it’s cheaper to start with MVP. But it’s not only good because you can spend less.

MVP allows you to get projects through your pipeline faster and enables developers to create overall stronger products. If you start with MVP, you can still add more features later. And if it turns out that something’s missing in your idea, the team can easily change it according to your expectations. Moreover, you can verify the demands of recipients and make sure that the product provides a solution they want or need. Basically, it’s a good strategy for product-market testing and an opportunity to minimize the risk of putting your money into something unprofitable.

As I have mentioned above, it’s worth checking if the whole concept for the app is cost-effective and viable first. And after receiving feedback from the users, you can change and/or add features according to their expectations. You should also pay attention to the designs during testing. UX design is also in charge of whether the customer continues to use the application or e.g. removes it after first use.

Remember that the release of MVP is not the end of cooperation. With a well-built product, any software house can later easily implement further changes. The MVP is treated like any other app, which means it’s fully supported and updated. While the product is in use, the team can always keep developing it.