Due to the popularity of mobile apps today, many entrepreneurs are trying to cash in on the craze and quite a few have actually managed to make a success of it. And no, it's not as difficult as you might think. You don't actually have to be a real deal programmer in order to make your own app. With enough time, the right resources, and a ton of determination; you'll be able to develop your own apps as well. And since you already have millions of ready consumers, you'll have plenty of opportunities of getting your ROI in no time. But first, here are some things you need to do:
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- Determine Your Objectives
Like most endeavours, you shouldn't get into this without proper planning; and the first thing in drafting a plan is you should determine your reasons for doing it in the first place. If you're a hardcore entrepreneur, earning profits may be a good enough reason to have a go at it. However, if what you want is to address a real demand in the market; then clarify what it is. This way, you'll be able to see the big picture and have a clear end goal in mind; and you'll be able to work your way from there.
- Find Your Team Members
You don't have to develop the apps yourself. Part of having a business, after all, is getting the right people to do the work for you. Moreover, there are actually a lot of mobile app developers in the employment pool today. Much like many virtual assistants, most of them are doing freelance, but with the right incentives, you'll probably be able to convince them to work for you.
You can look for potential team members at freelance sites such as Elance or oDesk. However, if you really want to learn developing apps yourself, you can also study for it. The internet is full of material that can help you learn that skill. It may be important to keep in mind though that even if you learn how to make apps, it may still be wise to have a team on hand so you will have people to share the workload with. Besides, when it comes to brainstorming for ideas, two heads (or more) will always be better than one.
- Find the Tools You Need
Of course, you need to have the appropriate equipment and software to be able to accomplish anything. The most important hardware you need, and probably the ones you should get first, are the computers where most of the work will be done. If you plan to develop iOS apps, you need to have a Mac computer. If you plan to develop Android apps, you need a Microsoft desktop computer. Why is this? Basically, it's because iOS and Android apps need to be built using different languages, which of course means they use different frameworks, and they run on different operating systems or platforms.
Note: Actually, you can use emulators in Windows computers to simulate iOS and there are also emulators that can let you use Windows OS in Mac computers. However, if you're not a hardcore programmer and let's just assume your team members are the same, it is best that you stick to the basics.
Lastly, familiarise yourself with the software and equipment. As with most things , practice makes perfect. So practice, practice, practice.
- Decide on Your Work Setup
After you find your team members and the appropriate tools to be able to accomplish your projects, you then need to find a suitable workspace. With the help of computers today, it's now easier for people to work anywhere they want. However, if you want your team to be able to focus at designated hours and be productive, you need a suitable office space that's conducive for serious work. You can hunt for this at business areas that offer serviced offices or business lounges.
Aside from those mentioned above, you shouldn't forget to also secure all the relevant business permits and licenses for your business. Just like any enterprise within the country, you need to be sure that you're following the rules so you avoid legal issues and can establish trust with your clients or target market.