Everyone loves apps… but not everyone can build them. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re in the small but growing minority of those who don’t just love apps – but want to create them.
Let’s do a little myth busting first. 1) Apps do not cost tens of thousands of pounds to create. If someone tells you it does, they’re looking in the wrong place. 2) You do not need to learn code to build an app, in fact, you’re better off not, unless you’re already experienced in coding.
1. Decide what you want to accomplish
Who is your app for? What is it going to help them with? How will it improve/simplify their lives? How will you market your app?
Successful apps offer a solution to a problem. This makes a successful app, but how will it make you successfully rich? You need to decide where/how you’re going to make money from your idea: will you charge for the app? Will there be in-app purchases or upgrades? Will you display ads?
2. Check out your competitors
Before you start investing time and money into this idea, you need to be 100% sure no one else has thought of it. If they have, how can your idea be better or offer more than theirs does? Make sure your name is also a stand-out concept – don’t choose something that closely resembles any other brand.
3. Sketch it out
It’s easier to work out the look of your app by physically drawing it. Yup, get your crayons out! Visualising sizes, buttons and colour will help you to nail down the look and functionality of the user interface, or UI in geek-speak. Have a look at some of your fave apps for inspo! If you have to involve third-parties, a visual representation of your idea will really help them to get on board.
4. Get a techie
If you’re not a coding maestro yet, and most of us aren’t, your first step is to find yourself one. You can either hire someone to entirely build your app for you, or seek out some sort of mentor to guide you through the coding process. We’d only recommend building a complete, start-to-finish app yourself if you know one of the following codes: Ruby, Python, PHP, Java, Go, C#.
If you need a little help, experienced programmers offer live 1:1 sessions on Codementor relatively inexpensively – these sessions could help get you on your way, or advise you on where to start looking for your coding aficionado.
5. Test, test, test!
6. Get a developer account
To launch your app into the big wide world, you’re going to need somewhere to launch it. Andriod charges $25 a year for a developer account, and Apple will take $99 off you annually - so remember to factor this into your start-up costs.
7. Don’t give up
“Mistakes everywhere! This app is never going to launch!”
You’re not the only app developer or business owner to feel this way. Spotify, iOS, Siri and many many many more, have all suffered ‘buggy’ updates or launches. But you can’t throw in the towel that easily. With all the intricacies of creating an app, it’s no wonder that the learning process just keeps on giving.
8. Get qualified
That wasn’t so bad was it? Fancy doing it all again? Or even, doing it all yourself? Many e-learning platforms offer coding courses and qualifications that could get you well on your way to being a fully-fledged app-developer – either for your own company, or as a new string to your bow.
If you’d like to know more about training in coding and developing, get in touch with us and you could be building the next Flappy Bird, Evernote or RedSpottedHanky before you know it!