Have an app idea but can’t code?

Outsource

You don’t need to be able to code to write mobile apps, a lot of successful companies / one man bands don’t know how to code or don’t want to code. There are literally hundreds of examples of successful apps that have been outsourced, many of them making considerable income for their owners.

Your first stop for getting a mobile app built is to signup with a site such as elance.com. These sites put you in contact with developers from all over the world and allow you to submit a proposal for any kind of work, most importantly though, your mobile app design.
Once you have your proposal and you have committed some funds to elance (or whichever site you are using) you will receive tenders from developers.
You will more than likely receive varied prices for the completion of your project and from very disparate locations around the world. The one to choose is not always the cheapest, there maybe other considerations to take into account such as face to face meetings, continuing development, specific project requirements etc.

I have outsourced many tasks over the years mainly due to staff shortages.
Getting your designs and ideas across can be a tricky process, especially if the development team are half way across the world.

There is a nice set of resources that will help you navigate the waters of your first app. Click Here! These guides will take you through a step by step process, from the creation process through to marketing your app after it gets approved.

Build using a wizard site.

There are now sites out there that offer a service where you can build your app utilising a wizard or a web based design environment.
One of these companies is called www.biznessapps.com. They allow you to create a limited type of app that runs on Android, iOS and HTML5.
It’s a five step process.
Firstly you select your functionality by selecting tabs. These cover the likes of ‘Home tab’, ‘Messages tab’, ‘Restaurant reservations tab’ and ‘RSS feed tab’ there are many others but they are of a limited type (basically to design a leaflet style app).

The second step is where you add the content for the app. Such as business details, menu information etc. It’s all done via a WYSIWYG HTML interface that most of you are familiar with.

Next you alter the appearance, changing the colour of the control, image buttons, background etc.
Once you have finished tweaking you may then preview your app in the flash preview page.

Finally you can publish. Here you upload the tiles and app description. This will be the information that appears in the respective marketplaces.

The price at the time of writing this is $39 per month plus $10 for each platform you wish to deploy to.

This system is great if you or you client just want a leaflet style app but for more complicated functionality you will need a coder.

I’d love to hear what you think so feel free to comment. Or come and say hi to me on my Facebook Page. I’ll respond to all comments, I look forward to meeting you!

Sire

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