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How much should a simple app cost (to develop)?

We are looking to have an app built for a new venture. The app needs to run on both Android and Apple products, and be able to send the product one direction and the money another. I am sure it can be done, but have no idea what pricing for development is like these days.

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Max Goff
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Max Goff Entrepreneur • Advisor
Big Data Engineering, Data Science, Marketing, Investing
Do you need an App? Or might a responsive website do the trick? An App, requiring iTunes or Play installation on phones, runs native on the phone. But a responsive site can feature awesome functions on the phone with the same code base on the server that runs the website itself. So it really depends on what 'a simple app' means. There are a bunch of sites that makes it easy for anybody to create a test website and/or app. For app building, try a free tour buildfire.com

For reactive sites made easy, try strikingly.comor onbile.com-- you can probably knock out a prototype yourself.
Marc Schulman
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Marc Schulman Entrepreneur
Educational Entrepreneur Reporter
We do custom work as well as work for ourselves and for an App on both platforms we get anything between $5,000- $25,000 depending on the complexity
Gigi J. Kizhakkechethipuzha
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I dream of the possibilities and execute on the probable
As Matt suggested, responsive web app would cost you the least. But depending on the features you may not be able to take advantage of many features that a true app provides. When it comes to a true app, you have two ways of getting it done. Hybrid and native. Both has its own positives and negatives. Hybrid apps on both platforms will cost about 30 to 40% less than native apps on both platform combined. I will be happy to learn more about the app and give you an estimate.
Rob Gropper
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Rob Gropper Entrepreneur
Director at PetHero, SPC - Member at Eastside Incubator - Principal at Tuxedo Technologies Group
about the price of a car...
Jatinder Singh
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Jatinder Singh Entrepreneur
Consultant - Retail Industry Leadership at Slalom Consulting
As Max said; a responsive website that works on both mobile screens as well as desktop might just be a good answer. Assuming you did some research and based on your customer's need and high purchase frequency, you have decided that app is the right answer. There are other reasons to use app as well such as Notifications or using Apple Pay (thumprint pay - only for iOS though), might be your reasons to want to build the app. In that case you can save money by using cross platforms like Xamarin, which is a well seasoned and tested Microsoft tool. This platform will spit out apps for both iOS and Android. These work really well, and for simple eCommerce applications are probably the most economic option.
The exact costs are very hard to estimate without knowing the scope etc. I can probably provide some estimate to you, but I would need to know more about the overall business requirements. Feel free to email me and happy to engage further and provide insights.

Thanks,
-J.
James V. Linden
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James V. Linden Entrepreneur
VP Business Solutions at Kochava
There are several factors that can great sway the cost of the app builds. Complexity of app, what vertical your in (finance vs. entertainment vs. gaming), analytics and testing insights (i.e. hockey app/crash analytics).

On the cheap end you can probably do $20-$30K, high end $80-$100K for a well built app.
Karen L. Mahon, Ed.D.
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President & Founder of Balefire Labs, Award-Winning Educational App Curation Service
For what it's worth, no one can give you a meaningful answer to this question without better understanding the functionality that you need and the parameters of the problem you're trying to solve, especially as it relates to the "product" that you're sending. What is simple for a user to use is often complex to build...there is elegance in producing simplicity. So the answer is, no one really knows what it will cost until you scope out the work. I'd be concerned about anyone bidding on such a project who tells you differently. Good luck! Best, Karen *Spread the word about Balefire Labs by clicking on your favorite social media icons below. * **Please confirm that you are already signed into your account.* ***Balefire Labs will not save your personal information.*
Andy Rah
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Andy Rah Entrepreneur
Vice President of Global Marketing, Macadamia Beauty
Like others have said, it really depends on what you need. If you're just trying to sell product online, a responsive, mobile-friendly website would be the way to go. If you need app-like features, then you'll look at $10-25k for something simple... Goes up from there the fancier you get. If you want a better response from these guys (I see a lot of greatresponses already with little to go on), please provide more information so people can givebetter direction... Good luck!
Bryan Armentrout
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Do you want a solid Food Safety program at your company? I help you put simple and effective programs in place, quickly.
I agree with Andy.

It all depends on what you want. I know several good companies that may be able to help.

Good luck!
Tanya Bourque
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Tanya Bourque Entrepreneur • Advisor
Chief Executive Officer & Founder at OppCount & OpExpert~ Chief Talent Strategist~
You can get one developed for about $500. I would put your project up for bid on getafreelancer.com and odesk.com. You will get multiple bids and you will be able to view their portfolio. There maybe some other costs associated with buildings the app. It depends what you are building and the specs. Get Outlook for Android
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