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App Development Cost Calculator: Outsourcing Mobile App Development

Your company has an idea for a mobile app. You’ve decided to go ahead with it. And you’ve decided you’re going hire a mobile app developer rather than do it in-house. How do you calculate the costs of developing your app, find the right developer to build it and keep from breaking the bank?

Successfully outsource mobile app developmentFinding the right, affordable developer can be tough to do. Taking into account all developers, from individual freelancers to big consulting firms, there are millions of app developers.

The good news is that it means the right one is out there for you. The bad news is it could be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

The article, “How to Find Mobile App Developers” offers some great advice. First, it says, realize that you don’t need to limit your developer search to the United State. There are app developers across the entire world.

Rates you pay for a developer will vary by region.  The article offers this geographic mobile app development cost estimate:

  • Eastern Europe: $25 to $40 an hour
  • Asia: $18 to $24 per hour
  • Latin America: $30 to $50 per hour
  • Africa: $20 to $40 per hour

The article says India may be a particularly good choice, because of its large talent pool, and because of its affordable rates, between $18 and $25 per hour.

Research Developers to Build your Mobile App

Next, start researching developers. Your best bet is not to try to go to them directly. Instead, go to a freelancing web site, where you can check out developers’ expertise, profiles, rates, former clients, projects and more. Good ones, according to, include Toptal, Upwork, Guru, and

Make a list of the ones that seem as they’re best suited for you. Once you’ve put the list together, contact each. Get a portfolio of their past projects. Don’t just settle for a list. Get the apps themselves so you can check out their functionality, quality, and whether they have the kind of capabilities you’re looking to have included.

Ask for a list of former clients, so you contact them. If you are going to contact them via email, make sure to use an email verifier API to check whether their email addresses are valid. Then contact each client. Ask how the developer was to work with, including their meeting deadlines, reliability, work ethic, commitment, and expertise. Don’t be afraid to push former clients for honest answers. And if you don’t get stellar recommendations, don’t consider that developer.

Once you’ve narrowed the list even further, ask the finalists what features they would include in your app to make it stand out from the competition. And communicate frequently with each finalist by phone, email, text and videoconferencing. That will help you find out whether they work the way in which you want and whether the chemistry is right with them.

Once you’ve done all that, negotiate and make your choice.

Need to keep your app costs down?

Alpha Software offers a low-code app development method to build apps quickly for free. Read how you build apps for free with Alpha Anywhere Community Edition.

We also offer a free article on how to build your first mobile app.

Need to Outsource Mobile App Development?

For companies looking for more development support, we also suggest they investigate the Independent Alpha Developer's Network (IADN). The organization includes a network of expert Alpha Anywhere developers, with extensive experience in building enterprise-level business applications the *right* way, on budget and on time. They'll identify potential trouble spots in the application architecture, make sure your schedule and budget are realistic, monitor your testing progress, and give you weekly status reports. Learn more about IADN Contract Development.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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