Instead of spending so much time playing around with all those wonderful apps you’ve discovered in your OS’ app store, why not get creative and make one of your own?
Creating an app isn’t as difficult as you think, it’s a lot of fun, and if you do it right, you’ll soon see the royalties start rolling in. Sound like something you’d enjoy doing? Check out these quick tips to help you create your own apps:
Come Up with a Unique Idea
If you want your app to be successful, then you can’t just copy and existing one and hope for the best – you need to think of your own unique idea and the way you do this is by thinking about the reasons you’re creating an app. Do you want to solve a problem? What features would you like your app to have? Is there a market for your ideas? Who, if anyone will you be competing with? Who will use your app and how?
When you take the time to think about those questions, you’ll be on the right track to creating a desirable new app that will do well.
Create a Brief and an Action Plan
Once you know what kind of app you’d like to create, it’s time to write down a concise brief regarding your app and an action plan to make it happen. This should include a summary of what your app is and how you want it to work, your budget and how it will be developed. This will help you, or anyone helping you to build your app to have a clear picture of what is needed.
Next, it’s time to get busy with your graphic design skills. The most popular apps are almost always the best-looking ones; the ones that are crisp, clean and easy to use, and this is what you should aim for. If your skills don’t lie in graphic design, there is no reason why you can’t hire a UX/UI designer to bring your personal vision to life. At this point, you may want to find out how to trademark your app idea, so that you don’t put your idea at risk of being stolen or copied by third parties. This is very rare but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Coding is very expensive, so it would be better for you if you know how to code yourself. If not, you’ll just have to bite the bullet and find and pay for a good app coder online via a platform like DesignCrowd.
Once the app has been created, you’ll need to test it, make a list of any bugs and fix them, either yourself or with help, before the launch. Asking your friends to try out the app before it goes live is a great way to identify any bugs you might have missed.
Finally, after all your hard work, it’s time to make your app available on platforms like iTunes. You’ll have to pay a small fee of around $99 per year for this, but if your app is good, you’ll make this back in no time.