How to reduce costs for development up to 75%

We truly believe that each tech startup idea should be tested in the shortest terms with a limited budget. In that article, we highlight several tips and the experience of our team on how to implement a tech startup idea even if you have just < 20k $.

Author: CodeLions
Date: 17 June, 2022
Time: 7 min read

Define a vision, create a clear set of requirements for MVP and divide it on 2-weeks sprints

It’s reasonable to launch the first version of your product with minimum functionality, simply implement the core idea, and leave the development of secondary features for a later date. You can start adding all those secondary features once you verify that the demand exists and you start receiving revenues. It not just to reduces costs but also ensures against possible failure.

The client's interviews and feedback from potential users will help you to understand what will be included in MVP. There are a lot of other articles about it. Let's talk about the tech side.

Time: 1-2 weeks for client's interviews and feedback analysis to create a clear set of requirements for MVP;

Result: MVP requirements doc, [20-50%] budget economy by avoiding the development of unnecessary functionality.

Use ready-made UI themes to avoid UI/UX work and a front-end development from scratch

Front-end development should be optimized by using ready-made UI themes. That is a great solution for a quick test of your idea in the short term. Just choose desired [style/color theme] and buy it (price: 25$-100$). As a developer in past, I want to say that it will a great boost for front-end development.

You can overview the possible solutions there :

For Angular

For React

Time: 1 week to integrate a theme into a project;

Results: -100% costs for UI/UX design, -25% of front-end development.

Create a mobile version by using PWA technology based on your web application to avoid mobile development at all

PWA technology is web-based apps function much like a native app would and can house many of the same features. There's no download needed, just a simple launch. Progressive and responsive design adapts to different browser choices and fits any screen, whether it's a smartphone, tablet, or desktop. Easier to develop and bring to market, which helps reduce costs.

Time: 1 week to integrate it into web app;

Results: -100% time&costs for mobile development.

Use seed project with ~30% of the code already

Each application has several modules/components which an experienced team just reuses from previous projects. With the seed in place, a project starts with ~30% of the code already done, while the team can focus on developing the CORE: custom functionalities and all the interfaces.

Time: 1 week to connect all parts of the seed project;

Results: -30% costs for development of reusable parts from previous projects.

Use cross-platform approach for mobile development

Native development (for Android or for IOS) is too expensive when you need to test your mobile app in short terms, but cross-platform development is the game-changing approach in mobile development. The most popular technologies for a cross-platform app: React Native, Ionic, Xamarin.

Time: -50% time&costs for mobile development;

Results: one application for IOS and Android.

Hire remote developers/whole team from the CIS region (Ukraine, Belarus ..)

Just look at that map to understand the current situation of development hourly rates.


Time: 1-2 weeks to find a remote developer/whole team;

Results: [25-60%] budget economy.

Set all processes:

  • Keep team member participation in design meetings small and focused;
  • Evaluate and manage changes carefully;
  • Provide input and material requests quickly.

Stay actively involved and require:

  • Keep all tasks, development progress, bugs, design improvements in Trello or JIRA;
  • All progress as screen-record on a daily/weekly basis (great extension for Chrome:
  • Estimations in hours for all functionality (we prepared an example: MVP estimation).

That's all the tips! Hope you will keep in mind our advice!


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