So your question is “How long does it take to make a app?” That’s a great question. For experienced app developers or programmers who are entering the app market, apps can be developed in as little as a day, or take as much time as 3 to 6 months in development. It all depends on how complex your project is.
I design websites also, and it tickles me when someone comes to me and says “All I want is . . . ” In my interpretation, you are saying, “I don’t want to pay much.” Who defines what simple is in your area of professional expertise? Many times customers do not know how much work goes into what you do because you make it look easy. Then sometimes they just don’t have any idea of what they are asking. It is not their job to know. Customers just want what they want. It is our job to ask the right questions so we can steer them in the direction they need to be going. It is not good to perform services for someone who does not understand what they are purchasing.
Customers should have realistic expectations of what all goes into their project and the time it will take to complete it. There should not be any surprises. I won’t do a project for someone who has not done their research. I don’t just work for money. It has to be a perfect fit. If a customer has looked around for other solutions and then they come to me, I don’t have to try to convince them of what they need. It makes your job easier as a developer and creator. An educated customer is the best customer. An educated customer is a happy customer because they get to make informed choices.
If you are a company seeking to have development services, it is best to hire a technical consultant, someone who understands the business and can communicate to you in terms you understand. They can advise you if the solution you are seeking makes sense. They can also ask questions you might not think to ask. This will help you keep from spending unnecessary dollars. I have seen it done over and over, where companies spend way more money than they need to because they just didn’t know. At the same time, if you have to spend a lot of money, you want to know that it was well spent and worth every penny.
Realistic Time Expectations To Make An App
I have developed simple apps in as little as two days. You have to be in the right frame of mind and have the devoted time to put into it, though. This time does not include design or planning. I had a graphic designer, which was a great time saver for me. I have also heard of people developing apps in a day. Realistically, you should expect 4 to 6 weeks at minimum for creating an app. This includes research, planning, design, testing, coding and publishing. More complex apps add another month. Keep in mind, this is an at minimum time. If you want to be the best, you will need to put some time and thought into it.
Once you have a few different apps built, you can easily reuse some of the code to build other applications and cut down on your development time. That is the beauty of “object-oriented” programming! It allows you to reuse sections of code.
I talk about in my article, “Cost to Develop an iPhone App” alternatives for building apps. You can literally use an online application that allows you to just fill in information to create an app. Some are free to use and others have a fee associated with it. The downside to this is the same as “free website” services. You don’t really own it and you cannot control the website or any special customization you would like to do. That is why many large companies hire their own development teams and purchase server space, etc.
There is a lot to be said for controlling your own stuff. While YouTube and FaceBook are really popular today, how long will it last? What happens if you build your dependence upon them and they go away or their business model changes? As a business owner you have to think long term and look at the big picture. A good question to ask yourself is Will I be okay with utilizing the alternatives to professional development as a short term solution in the event it goes away?. Then have a backup plan and begin working on your own long term customized solution.