The mobile app market continues to boast huge numbers, despite still being in its relevant infancy. Consider that there were more than 45 billion app downloads in 2012, a figure that is expected to grow to nearly 310 billion by 2016. With such staggering numbers, it’s no wonder it seems everyone has an idea for an app – and nearly everyone wants to make money from their idea.
All those apps also means the market is flooded with competition, and getting an app developed is only part of the journey to a mobile app empire. If you want to sell mobile apps, you should first begin with robust market research to ensure the app you’re developing is both in demand and faces little competition. Otherwise, you’ll need a ton of marketing capital in order to get noticed above the fray.
Once you’ve decided what your app will do, it’s time to build it. If you have the skill, you can develop your own app. Or, you can hire an app developer. Another popular solution is to use an app maker service. Such services simplify the app development process and allow you to deploy apps almost effortlessly. The following lists 10 build your own app services that will help you make your own app and put you on the path to profits.
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One of the most popular platforms, Yapp allows you to build just about any type of app for free. If you want a custom ID, it’s just $5 per year. Unfortunately, Yapp doesn’t provide any clear path to monetization.
AppsMakerStore lets you create apps that work on a variety of devices and can be listed in marketplaces such as the Apple App Store and Google Play. It will cost you a minimum of $49 per month to monetize your app.
Another popular make your own app service, Appmakr offers free plans; for a one-time $99 fee, you can sell your app and keep all the money.
My Atlas Apps features tons of pre-built templates for popular app elements, including photo galleries, music players and shopping carts. Plans vary, but start at $29 per month with a $99 setup fee.
Appowr offers an easy-to-use interface that allows you to build your own app in minutes. Start with a 14-day free trial. If you sign up for the $10 per month app creator plan, Appowr will submit your app to Apple for you, and you receive 50 percent of the profits.
Want to publish an awesome app for the good of humankind? Appsbar might be the solution for you. Follow their prompts to build an app, and then they take care of getting it published for you – absolutely free. The only caveat: you can only build free apps.
Features a free plan and submits your app to major marketplaces for free, but if you want more than 50 users per month you’ll have to pony up at least $39 per month.
This aptly-named service features a robust app builder you can use for free; if you want to be able to sell your app, expect to pay $30 per month.
Build your app for free. Monetize it with ads and more starting at $29 per month, which includes white label branding, 1,000 visits and push notifications. Unlimited visits are $79 per month.
10# Infinite Monkeys
Features an intuitive drag ‘n drop app builder interface. Offers a free plan, but you can monetize your app for a one-time fee of $99.