I have a good idea of what I would like my web-based prototype to look like. However, before I put a tremendous amount of resources into having it constructed, I would like to have a low-cost model of it built for market research. Are there prototyping programs and resources available that I should give a look?
Hi Justin, yes there are.
You can rely on Figma, Balsamiq or just do it with pen and paper.
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All the best,
You can check out a concept and practice called paper prototyping (Google it), experiment with low and no code web development tools (like Bubble or Webflow), or check out some of the suggestions in Pedro's answer too. Sometimes just sketching your idea on a "napkin" is all you need to do, but that depends on your goals and how you plan to conduct your market research.
There are UI prototyping tools, but they would not be functional - just mockups, and only works for VC pitch utmost. For functional prototypes (aka MVP), not many are available. You may have to use low-cost product / prototype building methods (such as using a remote / contract team etc.).
I was lucky I found a great web / software developers company (working together for 2 years now with great success at unbeatable prices). I could refer you to them. I am sure they can build for you a working prototype for testing and evaluation. Let me know - mark_mark [at] reverd dot com