Product Development

How do i go about starting an app and how much would it cost?

Jorge Perez Older college student, inspiring entrepreneur with an amazing business idea.

February 8th, 2018

How do i start an app/website based business? What are the first steps? what are the cost? How to minimize cost?

Ryan Ring 12 years experience in prod dev and marketing

February 8th, 2018

Hi Jorge . I'll save u a ton of money with this product management advice . Create a short business plan and put in the brain power to understand who you think your audience is . Then visualize a handful of key features and write your elevator speech explaining the problem you are solving and the product . Then go interview 10 to 20 people or even more who u think your target market is and see if your product helps solve their problem

all this costs you almost nothing and will save u the thousands of dollars in programming and ux that may be useless if you do have the customer interviews vision and features clear

Starting by creating the product without a very strong idea of the audience and market is starting backwards

and find the niche your idea fills that competitors are missing .

good luck

Dimitry Rotstein Founder at Miranor

February 8th, 2018

That's a too generic question. What is this app/website for? Who is in your team in terms of talent? What kind of budget do you have?

The answers to your questions depend a great deal on these parameters.

But, speaking in a most general fashion, if you don't have a web/app developer on your team and you're not one yourself (which is the case, I'm guessing), then you may want to try to find one and make him/her a partner. Alternatively, if you don't need something very special and unique, you could try using a platform that doesn't require programming skills. For a generic website this could be WordPress or Wix, for e-commerce - Shopify or PrestaShops, and so on.

However, if, as your byline says, you have an amazing business idea, you might want to start implementing this idea without a website/app. There are plenty of other, low-tech ways of doing the same job (whatever it is) on a smaller scale. This will give your business an initial push, perhaps even sufficient to make enough money to hire a developer, and, more importantly, by then you will have a much better understanding what you need to build.

Jason D Bulsa Search my name.

February 9th, 2018

Look at and start reading. You want to built a business not just an app. The direct way would be find a app creator on and work together. I'm sure you will find something useful on my blog- The world could use another great app. I've Beta tested and would be happy to be one for you.

Ilya Lipovich Angel Investor/Operations leader

February 8th, 2018

Jorge. There are a lot of questions to be answered before someone can quote you. Apps range from $500 - $1M to develop. The only way to have an accurate estimate is to have a much better idea about your requirements and to even go through a discovery phase. Take a look at a blog post on my site where we discuss this. If you are interested in discussing further we can connect. My email is 650-465-8555

Philip Hignigh Principle software engineer, passionate about changing the way software is created

February 8th, 2018

If you mean you have an idea for a website/app, I'd recommend creating a document that lays out very specifically what you want the website/app to do. You can use a formal template (e.g. or just open a Word doc and start, but make it as detailed as possible. Step 2 would be to get quotes from designers/developers to get it built. The more detailed your specification document is, the more accurate these estimates can be. When you get a quote be careful to consider quality. I recently was hired to rewritg a project that was completely ruined by $20 coders. Feel free to message me if you'd like more info on this option.

If you mean you are a website/app developer and would like to start doing freelance work, there are many websites out there where you can advertise. Make sure you have experience to refer to and previous work to show off.

To save money... do everything yourself! :) No, not really. I think it's really about doing what you do best and finding a cost effective way to outsource the rest.

Good luck!

Sumeet Jadhav CTO/Project Manager/Developer

February 10th, 2018

Before Start: Planning is the most important thing. You need to document everything

  • Your app functionality: Develop your app phase wise; as of start develop only important functionality and launch your product & as per the response develop your product other functionality
  • Your Target Audience
  • How will you launch your app
  • Marketing Strategy etc.

App Costing:

App costing varies as per the app functionality & your requirements, You may get quote of 1000$ or also quote of 10000$ for the same app , this varies from company to company.

And before alloting the work sign a contract with the developers.

Kindly let me know you requirement at so that I can quote price from my side

Vishal Sharma Founder

February 9th, 2018

hey Jorge, their are multiple platform like WordPress, on which you can create your website, without any knowledge of programming,but to use correct tool you have to determine which type of website you are planning to build.

cost for a wordpress website is just for hosting cost which varies from from few dollars to thousands of dollars you can choose according to your need.

I suggest you to first build a website get some customers or build audience then go for making an app.

well this is very general answer to very general question, you have to ask specifc question to get specific answers.

Paul Garcia marketing exec & business advisor

February 9th, 2018

A web-based business is almost always going to be a better choice for an inexperienced company, than to choose an app. The reason is that apps rely on a very different mindset of the customer with greater competition in perceived value. And the factor most forget is that you must multiply your development costs by the number of devices you want to support with your app. Not operating systems, devices!

That said, you're too early to choose a channel to execute your idea. Write your business plan, use the template from SCORE to get started. Work out the thought process and plan first before you worry about expenses. Expenses and revenues are part of the planning process, but they come after figuring out the other stuff.

Good luck.