How much does it cost to build a billing app?

Standard price for a billing app: $26,750

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What is a billing app?

A billing application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that enables customers to purchase goods and services. Billing applications typically have two sets of users: customers and administrators. Customers use the app to browse products and services for sale, submit orders, pay bills, view transaction history, and rate their purchases. Administrators use the app to configure product offerings (add/remove/update), create invoices or bills (with different payment schedules), track pending transactions (invoices & bills), issue refunds/adjustments, and analyze billing performance metrics such as invoice balance vs payments received etc.

Billing apps are often used for subscription-based services, such as those for streaming music, video, or online magazine services. Some of the most popular billing apps include Square Cash, PayPal, Spotify, and Netflix.

Here are some recent billing app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A SaaS platform for the Legal Tech Space.

  • A recurring payment/billing web app. This is an internal app for businesses to bill customers.

What is the typical cost to build a billing app?

A billing app usually costs $26,750 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $7,000 or as high as $50,000. A billing app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent billing app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $32,500

  • $21,000

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of a app:

How long does it take to build a billing app?

A billing app usually takes 357 hours to build. However, a billing app can be built in as few as 93 hours, or in as many as 667 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent billing apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 433

  • 280

How to successfully grow your billing application

A billing app should focus on creating features that are important to the people who use it. For example, a billing app for an electrician could include a feature that offers reminders to turn off lights left on in rooms, and a billing app for a plumber could include a feature with step-by-step instructions on how to fix common plumbing problems. These types of features make the experience more convenient for customers, which encourages them to continue using the app over time.

Risks and challenges of building a billing application

A billing app faces risks related to the violation of intellectual property rights and the violation of contractual agreements with third parties. Before creating a billing app, you will want to thoroughly review the terms and conditions associated with your project, as well as your target market’s standards for ethical business practices. You will also want to select a payment processor that can offer features such as fraud protection, dispute resolution, and chargeback management.

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