How much does it cost to build a point of sale app?

Standard price for a point of sale app: $37,500

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What is a point of sale app?

A point of sale app is a desktop application with two sets of users: owners and employees. Owners use the app to run the business, including managing inventory, updating prices, scheduling shifts for employees, and generating reports. Employees use the app to view schedules, accept or decline shifts in real-time, log into POS systems for checkouts and refunds, and update personal information on their employee profiles. The app may also include a dashboard that enables administrators to analyze the performance of all stores.

Point of sale apps are similar to retail apps, inventory management apps, and customer relationship management apps. Examples of point of sale applications include Square, Shopify, and Revel Systems.

Here are some recent point of sale app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • An app that uses QR payment for any sale point and starting with gas station. Gas station employees will present the QR code to make payments happen, receive convenience store product orders, buy them, and finally deliver them to the client's vehicle.

What is the typical cost to build a point of sale app?

A point of sale 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 point of sale 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 point of sale app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $7,500

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

How long does it take to build a point of sale app?

A point of sale app usually takes 100 hours to build. However, a point of sale app can be built in as few as 67 hours, or in as many as 133 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 point of sale apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 100

How to successfully grow your point of sale application

POS apps are often designed to integrate with existing point of sale systems, and this makes it easy for users to seamlessly implement the app. These apps have a high rate of adoption because they eliminate the need for cashiers or other staff members to use a separate mobile device to run transactions. The easiest way for a POS app to grow quickly is by offering users an incentive, such as free credits when they download the app.

Risks and challenges of building a point of sale application

A point of sale (POS) app faces several legal, logistical, and reputational risks. Among these are concerns with employee use of the device, customer data protection, secure payment processing, fraudulent chargebacks or returns, corporate espionage, and lost devices. To address these issues in your POS app design process, you should ensure you have sufficient security measures to prevent unauthorized access to customer data and that you implement strong encryption for financial transactions. You should also consider the physical risks posed by a lost device and the loss of sensitive customer information it may contain.

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