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5 Steps To Your Career As An App Developer


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Apps are big money. With nearly three billion smartphones in use in the world, and the average user having anything between 60 and 90 apps on their phones, there is clearly a massive market. 

The industry is ever-evolving, and ever-growing, and with this will come a greater need for creative app developers to find innovative ways of utilizing technology to meet the needs of the growing user base. 

If you believe you have the imagination and problem-solving skills to get into this industry, then there is a vast potential to earn a lot of money.

Get The Training You Need

The first thing you’ll need to do if you want to work in this field is to start learning. If you’re in a situation where you can study full time, there are college courses and degrees in many institutions that will put you on a path to this career. 

If you’re not in a position to study full time, there are opportunities to take courses online. These can be completed around your current job, and within weeks, you could be in the career of your dreams. 

If you are considering starting as an app developer, you should start reading as many articles about creating apps as possible and start experimenting using app development software. The best way to learn is through experience, so the quicker you can get practice, the better. 

Try creating some basic apps to speed up your learning. Your first projects will undoubtedly be quite simple as you develop your toolkit, so work quickly and try hard.

Generating Ideas

Keep a notebook or a document on your phone, which you can keep any ideas as they come to you. Include everything, even bad ideas and the seeds of ideas.

If you think to yourself, there should be an app for that, write it down. If you hear someone else talking about a problem, think about ways mobile technology can solve that problem.

If you want to be a successful developer, you will always need to be looking out for opportunities to meet demand.

Understand How Apps Generate Income

Knowing where apps bring in the money is an integral part of becoming a developer. Having the best app ideas means seeing ways of monetizing the experience.  

While app purchases are not uncommon, a vast number of apps are free, and as such, it is often easier to build up a user base this way. Selling additional features is an option. However, this does need to be of great benefit to the user. One of the most significant revenue streams is through advertising. Think about ways to include marketing within your app in a manner that does not compromise functionality.

Juggling With Three Balls

If you’re going to be a success in the app business, you’ll need to be good at three things. 

Firstly, developing the user interface. You can have the best idea in the world, but if it’s not intuitive and easy to use, it will fall flat on its face. 

Secondly, coding. Having the best idea and interface will certainly pique interest from users, but bad code will cause your apps to be glitchy or crash. If this happens, it will frustrate users and they will promptly uninstall it. 

Lastly, you need to have a strong head for business. You will very likely to take your ideas to market. This might involve creating pitches for investors, dealing with revenue streams and marketing your products to users. Creating the app is often just the tip of the iceberg. 

Get Experience

You may want to go it alone as soon as you’re trained. After all, why use your skills and ideas to earn another company lots of profits, when you’re just earning a salary? And this should definitely be the endgame for you. But, when starting out, it is useful to gain experience for an existing company. You can learn the business from the inside and further develop your skills.

Once you’ve worked for a while on successful apps, then you will be able to lead your own project.

Becoming an app developer can be a lucrative career option, and there is strong growth in this ever-evolving sector. This will take hard work, and you will need to add to your training as technologies progress continually. There are no guarantees of success, and it will call on you to master skills in other areas of business to get there. But, if you are prepared for the work that you will need to do, you just might be creating best selling apps before you know it. 


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