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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 how to implement a tech startup idea even if you have just <20k$.

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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 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 the great solution for a quick test of your idea in short terms. Just choose desired [style/color theme] and buy it (price: 25$-100$). As the developer in past, I want to say that it will the great boost for front-end development.

You can overview the possible solutions there :

Time: 1 week to integrate a theme into project;

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

Create mobile version by using PWA technology based on your web application to avoid a 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 its 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 a experienced team just reuses from previous projects. With the seed in place, 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 part of 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.

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

Results:[25-60%] budget economy

Set all process:

  • 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 daily/weekly basis (great extension for Chrome:
    Screencastify);
  • estimations in hours for all functionality (we prepared a example: MVP estimation )

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

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