5 Ways to Develop Your App Under $5k

June 30, 2017

If you’re on a tight budget, you can still have the app of your dreams.

These five ways to develop an app are all proven to be viable alternatives to working with an established agency if you don’t have the budget. Although these options are cost-effective, keep in mind that the quality standards will be significantly less than an established agency.

Build it with Me

Build it with Me is a tool that helps connecting you with like-minded designers and developers with the same goal: create cool & useful apps.

All you need to do is share your idea, select the skills you’re looking for, and a developer or designer will be in touch to bring your idea to life.

Make Your Own App Platforms

Online mobile app builders equip you with all the tools you need ー no coding experience required. These DIY platforms will allow you to create apps for iOS and Android, by simply dragging and dropping pages and elements.

Learn How to Code

There’s no better way to ensure your app fits your exact specifications than to build it yourself. Learning to program requires a lot of time and energy, but if you feel like taking on a challenge ー go for it!

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Find a Technical Co-Founder

Don’t have any technical skills? Find a co-founder who does! You’ll be able to get free development in exchange for equity. Not to mention, you’ll also be working side by side with someone equally committed to making your idea a success.

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Hire a Trusted Freelancer

Disclaimer: Although working with freelancers is a viable alternative for app development ー use your discretion. There are many risks involved, which could potentially do more harm to your project than good. Conduct extensive research to ensure the quality of your app won’t be compromised before you commit to development.

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When interviewing freelancers, ask these seven questions to avoid getting ripped off.


If you have an amazing app idea, but don’t have enough money to work with an agency 一 don’t let that stop you from achieving your goals or dreams. There are many other affordable resources available online, so take advantage of them!