Everyone has a killer app idea. But getting into development? It's not something you just do — it takes time, preparation and most importantly of all, money. Fortunately, there are a few aspects of app development you might be stressing about unnecessarily.
Probably the big one first-time devs struggle with is that their idea is unoriginal and will get lost in a sea of similar software. Shah admits this is inevitable, but certainly not the end of the world — you just have to be smart about it:
Look for the similarities and parallels between your app idea and the ones already out there. Then find the gaps, recreate and enhance your idea and highlight what your app has that existing competitors don't.
Then there's actually making the thing, a tall order if you have no coding experience. While you can roll your sleeves up and learn, that's not always the best way to go, especially if you have skills in other areas.
In this case, it might be better to hire some help and focus on what you can do:
If you choose to go the outsourcing route, which I heavily recommend, development companies will be there to bridge the much-anticipated lapse in technical knowledge. All you have to do is communicate your vision to a project analyst and they take it from there. ... While my developers worked their coding magic, I ran the business and marketing side of the app. If you have the connections, don't be quick to rule out curating your very own team to run your app venture.
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Shah tackles a couple more "misconceptions" about app development, so pop over to Inc. and give it a read.