How much does it cost to build a productivity app?

Standard price for a productivity app: $37,500

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What is a productivity app?

A productivity application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that helps users be more productive. Users typically create and edit documents, manage their calendars, track their tasks, and communicate with other users in a team or organization. Some common features include document storage, shared calendars and documents (including those that can be edited by multiple users), task lists (including subtasks), online meetings for individuals or teams, email integration with notification of new messages for individual accounts or multiple accounts (such as an entire team) using the app.

productivity apps are related to most other productivity apps. Productivity apps often have functions and features in common with productivity software. Some of the most popular productivity apps today are Microsoft Office, Trello, Evernote, and Slack.

Here are some recent productivity app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A subscription-based Fishing App that helps anglers find the best fishing spots and compete for prizes.

  • This app will use Google Calendar and a similar view and offer 7 fields for the user to enter text every day. The client would like this to work on both mobile and web like GCal.

  • A new app that puts note-taking, flow charts, boards, mind maps, and collaboration all in one. Free freemium app with paid-membership option.

What is the typical cost to build a productivity app?

A productivity 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 productivity 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 productivity app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $70,000

  • $12,500

  • $17,500

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

How long does it take to build a productivity app?

A productivity app usually takes 444 hours to build. However, a productivity app can be built in as few as 133 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 productivity apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 933

  • 167

  • 233

How to successfully grow your productivity application

A productivity app should provide users with a tool that is easy to use and provides a level of value that can't be found elsewhere. This type of app can spread through word of mouth, but it's also common for productivity apps to run advertising campaigns on social media in order to increase their user base. In order to create viral growth, a productivity app needs to have features that are relevant to the average user, such as the ability to track progress towards long-term goals and the capability to share data with other apps.

Risks and challenges of building a productivity application

A productivity app can face legal and reputational risks associated with the use of personal information, the storage of sensitive user data, and a lack of product safety or quality. Productivity tools should limit their collection of personal information to what is necessary to provide their service, and they should include mechanisms for users to control what personal information is shared. Apps should also include a mechanism for users to report bugs or report abusive behavior on the platform.

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