You are halfway there when you choose a framework for developing your app. You are at the right platform if you have selected flutter as your framework and are fretting about the cost.
We understand that researching and calculating everything is a challenge. We at Fluttertop do it every day. We’ve combined our 11 years of experience, expertise, and data to help you create the app you want without blowing your budget.
This blog post is the answer to all your questions.
Approximate cost of a Flutter app
We know you don’t like to hear it, but it isn’t easy to name an average price because it varies by tens of thousands of dollars depending on the software you require.
Here are some numbers to think about: A simple e-commerce app costs around $10,000 to develop, whereas a complicated messenger or streaming app costs over $20,000. Be ready to put in extra money if you want to create a banking app.
We’ll look at what elements influence the cost of developing a Flutter app in the sections below.
Expenses for developing a Flutter app
Now we’ll go over the major expenses of developing a Flutter app.
- Salaries of the developers
The developers who build the app get the biggest slice of the pie in mobile app development.
A Flutter mobile app development team typically consists of 5-7 specialists, including the following:
Flutter programmers, QA engineers, UX/UI designers, and a product manager.
You’ll need at least 200 hours of developer time to create a simple app. On the other hand, if you have a full-time in-house or outsourced team, it will take them 2.5-3 months.
Multiply the rates by the number of hours or the wages by the number of months spent on the development to determine the amount of money you’ll pay your employees.
- The cost of the tools and the Flutter licence
If you’re worried about the cost of Flutter, rest assured: it’s completely free, even for commercial use. However, you may require additional tools that are not free.
You’ll find a list of some of the tools you’ll need below.
1) An integrated development environment (IDE) – It is a piece of software that allows you to create apps. According to our poll, Android Studio, Visual Studio Code, and XCode are the most popular choices among Flutter developers. Those resources are available for no cost. Other IDEs, such as IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate, may need payment.
2) Integrations. – For example, instead of developing hundreds of lines of code, you might utilise a ready-to-hand choice like RevenueCat for a feature like in-app subscription. A free plan, as well as paid plans with additional features, is available on the tool.
3) Analytical tool – For instance, Firebase, an app development platform, includes a Google Analytics for Firebase tool. It provides information on over 500 events and keeps track of statistics on user behaviour within the apps.
- Technical Equipment
If you want to hire in-house staff, remember to supply them with high-quality technical equipment, such as productive, up-to-date PCs. Your developers should ideally use Macs: because all of these operating systems are part of the Unix family, MacOS is pre-tailored for iOS and Android app development (while Windows is not). We asked developers, and many said they prefer iMacs or MacBooks. The cost of a 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro 2020 is $1,300.
Users will enjoy your app not just because of its usefulness but also based on its attractiveness. A UX/UI designer must make the interface intuitive and the user flow smooth.
Depending on the app’s complexity, you could spend 20 to 300 hours on design. The hourly prices of the designers range from $20 to $60 per hour.
- Costs of support and maintenance
You’ll require server space to store data, respond to user requests, and maintain the app’s overall operation. You have the option of using a dedicated or cloud server.
Cloud servers are generally less expensive, making them the best choice for starting or hosting small applications. The cost of using a server varies depending on its technical specifications (CPU, RAM, disc space) and service choices (resource pooling, on-demand self-service, and so on) and can range from $5 to $150 per month.
Consider the performance and reliability of a service provider when making your decision. A user will have to wait longer for the app to respond if the server’s performance is poor. If the server is unreliable, it may put a risk on the security and information of the user.
It’s better to have a dedicated server as your business grows: it’s more secure and stable — as long as you’re the only user and have access to it. Aside from the cost of the server, however, having a dedicated server comes with certain additional charges. You’ll need a space to put the servers and someone to look after them – a server administrator. A server administrator’s yearly compensation ranges from $60,000 to $80,000, with hourly rates ranging from $40 to $60.
Keep in mind that your software will grow, and new features will be developed, planned, and tested. So, once you have a basic idea of the whole amount, add 15-20 per cent.
- Release to the app stores
Once your app is complete, you must launch it on a distribution network such as the App Store or Google Play: this is the most effective approach to reach your target audience. To publish your app, you’ll usually need to pay for a developer account on the platform. Furthermore, platforms may take a part in the in-app subscriptions.
Depending on your app’s target audience, you might also explore OPPO Software Store, Vivo App Store Store, Xiaomi’s MIUI App Store, and others.
As you have read, the process of developing an app is quite lengthy and frankly not that easy.
We can do it for you if you don’t want to perform the calculation or are concerned about missing something. Tell us about the app you want to create, and we’ll give you an accurate estimate.