Why would you even entertain the idea of becoming an app developer? Simple answer: It’s where the money is folks! Take a look around, magazines, television, and websites; are all advertising their latest apps. This isn’t just a fad, apps are here to stay, and if you’re serious about making a buck or two then it may very well be a viable career option for you. Generally speaking, you will need to know a thing or two about the field before you dive in, but it doesn’t need to be an uphill struggle. The basics needed are a strong knowledge of database development, data mapping skills, and strong programming skills.
Make a Choice
Do you want to work for a development company or do you want to be your own boss? A lot of the top apps on the app store and Android stores are developed by the big boys; however, there’s a lot to be said for going freelance and doing it well.
Try starting out by offering some free apps (great to show to potential employers if you’re looking for a regular gig), and essential for building a following on any iOS or Android device.
From here on in I’m assuming you want to be your own boss.
Decide on a Market
This may already be dictated to you by your skills, but still needs to be addressed. First things first, decide on iOS or Android. Many of the apps developed for Android devices range from free to almost free. Apps in the App store range from free to exorbitant. Caught your attention?
Decide on a Category
You may wonder if this is necessary, “why can’t I do a range of apps?”, well as the saying goes, “jack of all trades, master of none”. Pick a category and concentrate on doing that well.
Whether you decide on games, utilities, office tools, or publishing, pick one and make it the center of your business. One well-developed app will take you a lot further than 10 middle-of-the-range apps.
Decide on an Industry
If you have already decided to stay away from games, then you will need to target an audience for your app (games cover just about everyone regardless of industry).
Are you designing for the freelance industry, the retail sector, hospitality, manufacturing, and utilities? Where do your skills lie? Perhaps speak to some professionals in each sector and ask them what they would like to see in an app.
What would make their working day easier? A small bit of market research goes a very long way and you could well be on your way to uncovering a goldmine!
This is where the money is. At each opportunity, ask yourself, is there an app for that? Once you’ve answered “No”, you’ve got your answer. It’s a big market out there and there’s quite a bit of competition but if you can get the concept nailed then you’re halfway there.