I am looking for advice on where I can go to get an app built. I am not interested in learning how to do this, but am looking for someone who can build me a app.
Also, looking for advice on what I should be looking to budget and what questions I should be asking the person as well as how do I "protect" what I want built when I am shopping around for a person to do this or don't I need to "protect" it because by sharing we all gain??
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Hey Jen!! Welcome!
First, I have a guy in India who I work with, I have referred several people to him, and me and everyone I've sent to him have been thrilled with his prices and professionalism. I have had multiple apps developed, from multiple developers, and since I met this guy in India through eLance, I've worked exclusively with him - he's that good. You can look at some of his work - look up my NCIS trivia app and Andy Griffith Trivia.
You can contact him by email - his name is Necixy, his email address is email@example.com - just tell him Michael Jones sent you, he will take care of you. You are welcome to seek out some other programmers on elance or odesk, as well.
As far as protecting your idea, I suggest getting ANY programmer to sign a non disclosure agreement (NDA). It won't be ironclad, since most affordable developers are in India, Pakistan, and Russia, but it'll protect you and give you some peace of mind.
Cost is going to vary greatly depending on what you want. Before I started making my own apps, I did a lot of research, and found that the hyper inflated prices you read about, like $20,000 or more are just extreme - think Angry Birds. Most apps can be created for under $1,000, but it also depends on how robust the app is - does it use GPS, have frequent updates, rely on heavy graphics? The more of these, the higher the cost. But, Necixy has given me by far the most affordable prices.
One thing to bear in mind about apps is that you likely won't make a fortune from an app, unless you have a significant amount of money to spend on marketing and promotion. A fantastic app can go unnoticed, while a mediocre app, if promoted, can get thousands of downloads. Keep your breakeven point in mind when getting a quote for an app, and remember your $99 annual developer fee to Apple.
Good luck, and let me know if you have any more questions!! If you want to discuss something in private, just send me an email here on Dan's site!
Do you know if Necixy is still working on app development? I'm looking for a developer right now.
Thank you so much! I would love to pick your brain about your experience :) I added you as a friend but if you want to continue the conversation here, that's fine with me. What do you wish you would have known back when you first started? What's a good price for development? How is your app doing now? What did you do to market it? Do you own your app or did the developer list it under his/her company?
Thanks for much for replying to my "reply." I look forward to hearing more from you.
I would love any information you can give. I did post it on elance and have invited a few of the freelancers to consider the job. How long did it take to be programmed? Also, could you give me the name of your app? I'd love to take a look at it. How did you pick the price point? Thanks Lynn.
I'm a professional Web developer. (I've played with Mobile, but I'm not necessarily proficient yet.)
Most prospective clients who come to me really don't understand what it takes to make software. That's usually fine, just keep in mind that there are probably considerations in the budget that you won't understand. So, if it seems high, just make sure you ask what they are. You can always also get a second opinion.
As for budget, you need to figure out whether or not you want a fixed-bid or hourly work budget. Hourly work guarantees that you get what you pay for. (Their time). Fixed bids, if they're low enough can get you a great deal, but may also burn your developer out if they're too low. Again, just ask questions about how they reached their bid or hourly estimate.
If you get an hourly estimate (the project will be about X hours and cost you Y per hour) just keep in mind that NO ONE is 100% accurate. I'd be ready to pay up to 25% more if your developer is experienced (50% if he's been programming less than 5 year) unless he tells you that's worst case or puts some sort of cap on your costs in the contract.
Finally, I'm not convinced that keeping a business idea secret is THAT beneficial. The people with the initiative to build what you're building will do it. Most people won't. There's that (extremely) narrow band of people with the interest and initiative to do what you're doing and they're probably busy with something else.
I suppose that's a little more than 2 cents. Let me know if I can help.
Chuck...thank you for this useful advice!!!
Just wondering how things went with this app development project. Can you update us? Is the app out yet?
thanks for the note and for asking!!
I need to put it on the docket for next year's goals to see if it is worth doing. I am wanting to do a Live Beyond Awesome app that combines time management with goal setting. It would include having the option to track whatever you wanted and then have a overall pie chart to see where exactly one is spending their time and efforts.
With our book coming out and launch of our new website and speaking career, I figure it is okay to wait a bit on it and see if it is something the market wants. I think it would go nicely with our LBA (Live Beyond Awesome) challenge we will be divine into later this year/next year.
Are you doing an app?
I love the concept for your app, and I think it fits perfectly with your brand.
Yes, I have an app that's in the works as we speak. It's geared for folks who have published in the Kindle Store. Nothing fancy - but it's an app I searched for and never found. So I'm having it made. Hopefully, it will be ready by month's end. I'll be sure to let everyone know when it's done.
All the best!