One of the first questions I’m asked by businesses thinking about building a custom app is...how much?
It’s a very reasonable question.
Every business wants to know how much a service will cost before committing to it. But it’s not always an easy question to answer because a real answer depends on a number of factors.
Estimating the cost of building custom software is famously an inexact science but most software developers will agree that the functionality you need will heavily influence the complexity - and the cost.
A better question might be, “How complex is the app?”
In software development, complexity refers to the level of difficulty and the amount of effort required to design, develop, test, and maintain a software system. Complexity can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
When we think of building an app we need to think about what type of app we should build.
Are we building a web app, mobile app or a hybrid app? Answering this question depends on what the underlying question is, and how your users will use your software.
In most cases the best answer is to provide a very rough estimate of time and cost based on the very limited information we know early in a project.
A exhaustive scoping workshop crystallises the requirements, identifies the risks and uncertainty so a more accurate estimate and timeline can be agreed on.
Custom software projects can cost anywhere from $30,000 to $1M depending on the features and complexity.