Software development prices are determined by a number of factors:
All this makes software development pricing difficult to estimate, of course. So, to get a greater appreciation of the task facing a software development company (or software development consultant), let’s take a look at how they work, and what developing software for businesses and organisations is all about. Then we can understand better how the cost of software development is worked out.
Software developers employed as team members at software development companies are usually highly-trained, certified programmers with several years’ programming experience under their belts (unless they are a trainee programmer, of course). Because of this, they will each have their own individual way of working – an approach that works best for them.
Although each programmer’s method for designing and writing software can differ hugely, they are all ultimately working towards the same goal: to create the perfect software solution for you, the client – a software program that best suits your needs.
A software developer’s typical process:
In the UK, the average hourly rate for software development is £50. So, how many hours will all the aforementioned process stages take! Hundreds? (We hear you gasp). Don’t worry; when setting software development prices, software development companies realise they have to charge competitively, as there are so many good software companies out there who will be more than ready to take on the project if another company’s fees seem too much.
When it comes to software development pricing, as a ballpark figure, the cost of a simple software solution will generally be around £5,000. For customising an existing system, you can expect to pay around half that.
Generally speaking, no. After taking a project brief and analysing your specific requirements, most software development companies will give you a free ‘no obligation to buy’ estimate.
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