Frequently Asked Questions
How much would my app or website cost?
This is the most frequently asked question we get, as probably does any other software development company. Finding people and companies that are willing to put money into your project is one of the most pressing needs of any entrepreneur. A lot in terms of product features depends on whether your budget is able to handle it. So the answer to this question is both simple and complex.
We have articles in our blog that cover the subjects of mobile app development pricing, web development costs, as well as write-ups detailing web and app design costs. Read them out to find out what affects the cost of app development in general, and what we at Shakuro do to perfect our estimate-making skills.
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Still, it really isn’t possible to provide any remotely accurate figure without getting to know the details of your project. To get a better idea of a quote for your project, send us a line.
How do you typically charge?
We use two main pricing models: Hourly rate and Fixed price.
Typically, we use the Hourly-rate model as it has some advantages that Fixed price can never touch. It allows for a more flexible and creative approach. It is more change-resilient, that is, you can introduce changes easier at any stage of product development. It’s a superior option for non-standard projects and any other cases when it’s hard to be completely certain of what a project could entail. Hourly rate is especially beneficial for startups giving an opportunity to develop your idea on the go and quickly introduce necessary alterations to the strategy.
To use the Fixed-price model, you’ll need to know the full scope of the project in detail which then gets agreed on and confirmed. A definite figure before the start looks simpler and more budget-friendly. The drawback of the Fixed-price model though is that it’s unstable towards changes. Though the need for them gets established in the contract nonetheless, introducing anything over this definite figure if the need arises, is going to be challenging. For example, to introduce new features, we’ll have to sign a supplementary agreement which takes time. That said, Fixed price is a good choice for well-scoped and/or shorter projects or requests from big corporations with detailed requirements.
Sometimes we use both these approaches at once — whatever is more beneficial for a project. Specifically, we can render our design services hourly but use the Fixed-price model for the rest of the project.
What does your payment structure look like?
We’d start a project by signing a contract. After that, you’ll receive an initial deposit invoice for the sum needed for the project to begin. Usually, it is 10-20% of the project depending on its size but never less than $500.
Then, if we choose an Hourly-rate model, payments are made once a month after the work is done. For example, in April, you’ll receive an invoice for March, etc.
If it’s the Fixed-price model, you also pay once a month or by milestones when a certain amount of work is done.
Can I pay you using a Credit Card?
Yes, you can. We have 3 main payment methods:
- Bank wire transfer
- Credit/debit card
- PayPal, Stripe, and other payment systems.
Please note that all additional fees required by your bank or payment system are going to be covered by you.
Can I get a discount?
Usually, we do not provide discounts. However, there are several cases when it’s possible to get a discount from us:
- Your project is in an industry that we would especially like to have more experience with. These include alternative energy, AI, Smart Home, etc.
- It’s a large project running over 6 months or more and requiring a comprehensive approach including design, web, and mobile development aspects.
- There is a discount available connected to a holiday or a company event.