creating an app for a client...

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by Shadylane315, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2006
    Hey guys this is my friends first time creating an app for the app store. A client has hired him to do an app and he was wondering what the standard is for developers to charge.

    Should he charge a flat fee?

    Charge by the hour with a retainer involved.

    what about the percentage of sales of the app?

    if you guys can refer me to anyone who might have answers to these questions please please post here or pm me. I'm wondering if he should also do a contract for his work....Well idk and i figured i start here.
  2. macrumors 68000

    Nov 3, 2007
    As far as payments go, it depends what you are comfortable with. If you can judge how long it will take, then do a flat fee. If you want to track your work time, go by hour (going rate ranges from $15-$60/hr depending on skill level.) Its a bad idea to charge a percentage of sales, since who knows how that will come out, you might end up walking away with just a few dollars if it doesn't sell well.

    I would do a contract, but I wouldn't worry about getting super technical with it (like hiring a contract lawyer to draft it.) Just a simple document saying what your role is, what your pay is.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2006
    Now i saw some article speaking about the normal rate for coding goes between 125-300. Am reading these figures wrong? I feel 15-60 is way to low for hours of coding...I could be wrong... I should probably ask my friend how much time he might think it will take to build something like that.
  4. macrumors demi-god


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    If the developer knows what they're doing, I would think $50/hour would be the absolute minimum. Could easily go higher depending on how good they are and how complicated the app is. If someone offered a developer $15/hour they'd laugh at them. You an make more working at Best Buy.
  5. macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Depends on where they're located. In many metropolitan areas, experienced iPhone developer seem to be able to get in the neighborhood of $100 to $200+ per hour. Why would anyone any good take less unless they have no marketable experience?

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