How much does it cost to build a motivational app?

Standard price for a motivational app: $37,500

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What is a motivational app?

A motivational application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that provides users with daily or weekly reminders and inspiration to help them achieve their fitness, dieting, productivity, health, or other goals. The app may enable users to create custom profiles with detailed information about their goals and progress towards those goals.

Motivational apps have some overlap with to-do list apps, goal setting apps, and habit tracking apps. It’s a broad category that includes many different types of apps. The most popular motivational app today is probably the one on your wrist: the Apple Watch.

Here are some recent motivational app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A simple app that can inspire/motivate your day by a simple message appearing on your screen.

  • Women's empowerment site/business needs to scale to mobile app.

  • The app would play a song, give a bible verse, or inspirational quotes to brighten up people's moods.

What is the typical cost to build a motivational app?

A motivational app usually costs $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. A motivational 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 motivational app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $3,000

  • $55,000

  • $8,500

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

How long does it take to build a motivational app?

A motivational app usually takes 296 hours to build. However, a motivational app can be built in as few as 27 hours, or in as many as 1,333 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 motivational apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 40

  • 733

  • 113

How to successfully grow your motivational application

A motivational app helps users form new habits and goals. It must provide value to users in order to grow its user base. A motivational app can achieve viral growth by offering a referral program that rewards both the referrer and the new user for completing certain tasks.

Risks and challenges of building a motivational application

A motivational app faces similar legal risks to a dating app, but also faces economic and reputational risks related to the use of copyrighted content. You will want to ensure that you have paid permission to use any content in your app and that you have sufficiently verified this permission through legally binding contracts. You will also want to consider providing attribution for artists whose work is displayed within your app. As with other types of apps, you will want to protect user personal information from unauthorized access and provide users with safety mechanisms for blocking other users.

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