How much does it cost to create an app?

How much does it cost to create an app?

That is a question I get asked and see a lot.

The cost of the app depends on the app it’s self and exactly how many programming hours is it going to take to complete it.

I see stuff all the time that goes like this; “My friend who knows about these things told me it would be easy and only take x hours to complete”.  I just laugh when I read those. If it was that easy to do, then why didn’t their friend do it for them?  Yes, somebody who has no direct knowledge of the programming involved in creating an app is a great authority to get your information from.

A big problem I run into is when potential clients are asking for a price, they are reluctant to really detail out what the app is going to do which leaves me in a position of having to give a ballpark estimate with a wide range. If someone is serious about an app and needs exact pricing, then the best thing to do is have a non disclosure agreement drafted and then have the person quoting the app sign it. That way, you can give all the details to the designer of the app so they can better understand how many hours it’s going to take to develop it and give you a solid quote.