Cost Of App Development
Currently in South Africa it is common for the average app development project to take up to 6 months depending on the complexity of the app. At DreamWeave Digital we are fortunate that our turnaround time for launching an app is at an average of less than 2 months. This means that when you engage with us on your project and we embark on the development that your app can indeed be live in all app stores within 8 weeks. Of course this depends on the scope and scale of the project, but so far we find this to be the average time frame for our 53+ published apps in the South African market. Most of our clients are start-ups or entrepreneurs that are executing on an idea they believe in. We love these clients as they are ultimately what will create jobs and grow the economy.
Time is how the cost of app development is determined. There is a skills shortage for mobile app developers in South Africa, and this means that many companies can charge a very high rate per hour to develop apps. It also means that many of the app development projects are outsourced to countries like India where cost per hour is much cheaper. This fact has also harmed some of our clients who went abroad and ended up without an app. Once you send your funds abroad to an unknown developer you are taking a huge risk. We have met with numerous clients that have had a bad experience with an overseas development company. Your risk as a South African is much higher when you outsource abroad as their is very little recourse available if things go wrong.
So what about the cost of app development? In the USA the average app will set you back a minimum of R70 000, then this app will not have any advanced location based services or any useful webservice/api integrations.
- Twitter: Estimated cost according to thenextweb.com is at ( R3 500 000 )
- Instagram: Estimated cost according to thenextweb.com is at ( R 4 200 000 )
- Facebook: Estimated cost according to thenextweb.com is at ( R7 000 000 )
- Pinterest: Estimated at ( R1 680 000 )
- WhatsApp: Estimated cost according to thenextweb.com is at ( R1 680 000 )
An app like Uber actually is made out of two apps, a driver app and a consumer app ( the one we all use and love ). Uber has a full time team of developers and the reason for that is very obvious. But to estimate the initial build cost of Uber is quite daunting, thenextweb.com have done the research and they estimate Uber will cost ( R 14 000 000 ). To maintain Uber ( hosting fee to Amazon Web Services ) would be a monthly fee which is incredibly high.
All the above apps have had a massive impact on people’s lives all over the world and disrupted several industries. But initially no one knew they would. Some entrepreneur had a vision and then executed on that vision. Who do you know, that without certainty of success, will spend R4 200 000 on an app that lets you upload photos and then add pretty filters to the photos? Probably no one. Yes, that app is Instagram which was bought by Facebook for $1 Billion in 2013. When the app seems simple it does not mean the development of it was simple or inexpensive. It just means the directive was clear.
So what about some local examples of app costs? Data is very limited as the industry is still very much in the growth phase. There are local companies that take on big projects for companies that are listed on the JSE and then they will shut their doors and just work on that one project for 6 to 12 months at a cost of R3 000 000+. At DreamWeave Digital we have developed native and hybrid apps for as low as R30 000. But of course it all depends on the project complexity. So we invite you to contact us for a quote by using our contact form below.
We were proud to be a finalist in the Cape Talk Small Business Awards 2015 due to our affordable app prices. See the full article here: CapeTalk
The bottom line is simple, the time to start a mobile app as a business in South Africa is now. Come to us with your idea or vision and we will help you to the best of our ability. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Cape Town Head office on 0218305731.
Some of our more well know clients include: Anglo American, National Sea Rescue Institute, Van Loveren, Ernie Els, St. James Church, Four Cousins and Ken Forrester Vineyards to name a few.