How To Start An App Developer Business Under $100?

App Developer

There are millions of applications out there. We can mostly know hundreds or thousands, but there are so many that we don’t know. And there is no doubt that the demand for new applications is very high.

So, if you are an app developer, then starting a business is profitable. You will be rewarded for sure. And with time, there are millions of people who want to explore new apps. So, let’s begin the journey of starting a new business.

How An App Developer Makes Money?

How An App Developer Makes Money

Before starting how to start your business, let’s discuss a couple of things about how an app developer makes money. Here are four main ways that you can try. So, you need to decide which one you will choose for your business.

A. Advertiser And Free Apps

Advertiser And Free Apps

This is a very common structure that almost every people know about this structure. For example, you might have played an online game, and the game is completely free. And you have to watch advertisements in the middle of playing games.

B. Work For Hire

Work For Hire

This is something that most app developers do on a daily basis. You will create applications for others.

C. Paid Apps

Paid Apps

These apps are very specialized and valuable for consumers. The developers charge consumers for using the apps. You can take a music-listening application as an example. Or you can take OTT platforms as examples also. But, these apps are less in the market.

D. Free And Paid Version

Free And Paid Version

There are thousands of apps that follow this structure. You can say these apps as limited version apps. These apps are free to use, but there are only a couple of features that you can use. Or you can say that the app gives its users to use the app’s limited version. And if you want to use the full version, then you need to subscribe or use the paid version.

Start A Business As An App Developer Business

Start A Business As An App Developer Business

There are people who work for a corporate, then start thinking of starting a business. There are a couple of things that this profession is profitable.

First of all, the market is huge. Everyone who has a smartphone and an internet connection is the target audience. Secondly, with time the market is expanding. So, so the scope is huge. 

Let’s begin. 

1. Business Plan

Business Plan

First, you need to write a business plan before starting a business. Every entrepreneur needs a business plan for success. A business plan consists of the startup cost, ongoing cost, target market, what services you will provide, what your company’s name is going to be, and other important things that you will need in every step of your business journey.

2. Legal Entity

Legal Entity

As you have decided to start your app developer business, you now need to form a legal entity. There are mainly four business structures that you have to choose from them- sole proprietorship, limited liability company, partnership, and corporation. Different structures have different advantages. 

4. Tax Registration

Tax Registration

You need to register your company or business for all kinds of taxes. You need to know which regulations are there. You should know that there are federal and state taxes, and you can apply for an EIN. The process is free and easy. 

5. Business Account

Business Account

This step is important as you need to open a business account for your business. Opening a business account is an important thing to do, as this will separate your personal asset and business asset. You will also need a credit card for your business.

6. Insurance


Insurance is a must thing to take for your business. There can be so many accidents occurring in your business journey. So you need to take all sorts of precautions that will help you to defend against any situations that can harm your business.

7. Licenses And Permits

Licenses And Permits

No business person wants their business to get harmed for any reason. So, do not forget to take all the necessary permits and licenses. First of all, you need to check any federal and state licenses, which will clear the journey of your business.

There can be a local business requirement as well, so you need to make sure that you have all the necessary licenses. So, these are the steps that you need to follow to start a business as an app developer. And all you can do is find clients. 

Frequently Answered Questions (FAQs):-

Here are some interesting questions that most people ask.

Q1. Is Being An App Developer Profitable?

Ans: With the advancement of technology, there is a huge of people who can develop apps. So, if you are a mobile app developer, then the profession is very much profitable. But there is also a catch.
First of all, you need to put in hard work, and the profession also needs time to invest. There are also other factors that work behind the success of becoming a financial success.

Q2. How Much Money Do You Need To Start An App Company?

Ans: An app company is not like other companies where the initial cost is less. There are so many different factors that influence the price. Also, you can’t ignore the complexity of the app development.
So,  you will need at least $50,000 for single app development. I am talking about simple app development, and the average can go up to $150,000. For complex app development, there will be a minimum of $300,000 that you need to spend.

Q3. How Much Do Self-Employed App Developers Make?

Ans: The information has been taken from various salary tracking websites. A self-professed app developer earns these salaries.
⦿ $80,000 per year (According to Indeed)
⦿ $93,000 per year (According to Glassdoor)
⦿ $94,000 per year (According to ZipRecruiter)
According to Glassdoor, the salary is between $72,000 to $120,000. The minimum an app developer could make is around $49,000. And the maximum is around $159,000. 

Final Words

I hope you have understood all the steps that you need to follow. Being an app developer is not easy, as there needs to be hard work and managing so many different things. But, with good experience and good clients, the business will run for sure. And the mobile app developer’s salary is pretty good.

If you want to learn anything about opening a business, then feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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