Iphone App

I thought I had the perfect app developer whom was referred to me by another app investor who had 2 apps made from this developer but even checking references is not fool proof.

After I gave the developer my idea and we cooresponded for several weeks and came up with a final price which I then paid to develop I had heard nothing from him for 2 weeks.

Since the app was supposed to have been started and finished by July 9 however I had heard nothing from developer so I had e-mailed him two seperate times over the last two weeks.

Still no response whatsoever so I had contacted the freelance website(elance) that this developer works through and explained the situation and they e-mailed the developer.

Still no response so I requested my money back which was promptly refunded within minutes.

The morale of the story is that you never know exactly whom your dealing with online even with references which is why it is very important to work with a middleman that keeps your freelance project money in escrow for situations especially like this.

I am very glad I used elance it makes me feel good knowing I am protected against freelance problems.

I have posted and found a new developer that is working on several apps for me so even though my app project is a little behind it looks like I will come in under budget.

Phone Apps

A few years ago no one new what a app was, now everyone knows.

So how can you profit from the smartphone and app market?  Well, by getting some apps to sell.

I always thought that you had to make them yourselves but now I know most of the app owners outsource them.

For the life of me I don’t understand why all these app programmers just don’t make then and sell them themselves.

The answer is probably a combination of lack of time, needing money now, and laziness.

Also a lot of app programmers also say that  the majority of the apps don’t sell well which is true.

The secret to making money in apps is to give them away free and to advertise and market them.

Why would you want to spend money on having a app designed for you and then give it away, ads.

Whenever you download a free app the app comes with ads you must look at for a few seconds.

After doing a lot of research on this topic it turns out that since people aren’t paying for the apps they will download far more than if they had to pay the normal 99 cents.

I guess they deal with the ads as the price you pay for not paying a price.  In any case the income is nice.

You can put ads on your app through a few sources:

1. Google (Admobs)

2. Apple (Iads)

I don’t have actual experience using either of these ad networks since my apps are still in development. 

But there are several websites that list there earnings and may app owners are bringing in over $50/day from ads.

The great thing about apps is that they are pretty cheap to have made.

You can have an app made for as little as a few $100’s and for the more complex apps several $1,000’s.