What does it take to create an app and how does one make money from it?

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If you are exploring the option of creating a mobile app for your business or for some other project, you will likely be asking the following questions:

  • What does it take to create an app
  • How does one make money from it?

Here are quick answers that anyone can understand.

Some apps can be created in minutes. Others take months to develop. It all depends on what the app is about. If you want a simple brochure type app for your business, such can be done in minutes. If you want something more complex, then the mileage will vary.

For very basic apps, e.g. a brochure-type app for your business, you can use one of the numerous free app creators that are available on the web. Run a search for “free app creator” to find these. For more complex apps, you will need to engage a developer to get the job done. The more complex the app, the higher the cost of development.

Many apps are monetised via ads. There are ad networks that one can integrate into apps to generate revenue. You can also monetise via corporate sponsorship or by offering services that you can bill for. Depending on what your app is about, you might explore offering it as a paid app too, so users have to purchase it to download and use it. Feel free to play around with your options.

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