With an increasing number of mobile app development training courses and app builders, it is now possible for nearly everyone to start a mobile app business. This is a potentially lucrative business considering that millions of apps are downloaded each day. But this market is characterized by fast innovation and rapid growth, with multiple apps competing for the same users. To be successful, you need to have the right approach from idea conception to design to marketing.
Here are the basic steps for starting a mobile app business:
- Test your idea
Before you can create a compelling and user-friendly app, you must have an idea. But apps that get the most downloads are those that solve a real problem. Before launching your app, consider sharing the idea with your friends and family to see if they find it useful and/or intriguing.
- Research the competition
Whether you are creating entertainment, personal, or business apps, it is important to research how similar apps are doing. Check the reviews for pros, problems, and even the number of downloads to have an estimate of the number of downloads you can achieve.
- Note down the key features
Use the information gathered to identify the most useful features for the launch, and those that you can include in updates. Write a detailed description of what your app offers, the key benefits, how it differs from others, why users should download it, and other information.
- Find the necessary resources
Once your idea is fully developed, you can start creating the app. But this requires resources, including:
If you are not an experienced coder, you will need to hire an outside developer – freelancer or firm. But before you get professional help, you should decide whether you want to focus on Android users or iOS users. These two are the biggest platforms for app users.
While you can develop a cross-platform app that works on both platforms, you should building for either the iOS or Android market first, and then move to other platforms once you have assessed the traction. Building an app for one platform can save you a lot of time and money, and allow you to fully exploit the capabilities of the app.
Young tech companies have to overcome many challenges, including lack of financial support, poor management, intense competition, insufficient market research, unqualified staff, lack of marketing, and a high cost of products and services. Most of these challenges can be overcome by having sufficient capital before starting.
You don’t need to have technical experience to start your app business. But taking a training course for mobile and tablet apps development can increase your industry knowledge, give you an opportunity to build helpful networks, and generally build your capacity to navigate most challenges with minimal professional help, which could be costly.