How to lower initial tech cost for your startup ?
You have decided to go ahead and act on your app idea.
Congratulations and Welcome to the startup world where most will not make it !
You must be very excited. If only you knew of a way to minimize the cost of your technology. Besides development costs, there are also hosting costs.
The truth, technology costs can be exorbitant. Development alone requires substantial man-hours. Besides, good developers are both expensive and rare.
There are however ways you can decrease your tech costs. First start with free hosting.
1-) GET FREE HOSTING
I have successfully managed to host many applications for free. Heroku for instance currently allows you to host applications for free. You are only charged if you decide to use dynos, which I never needed. I have also used Heroku to provide free hosting for my clients.
Recently, I also hosted two fully functional WordPress websites on 000webhost for free.
I am sure there are lots of other platforms offering free hosting.
In addition, startup programs in Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft etc give free software and hosting to startups who qualify. Make sure you take advantage of free hosting.
2-) USE REACT NATIVE FOR MOBILE APPS WHEN POSSIBLE
React Native will substantially decrease your mobile development costs. Instead of hiring seperate iOS and Android developers, just hire one React Native developer. It will save you time and money.
Besides, if you use React Native with Expo, you can monitor the progress of your application in real-time.
3-) CONSIDER HIRING INTERNS
Some of the work does not need expert engineers. In such cases, consider interns. It’s a win-win situation. Many college students just need some work experience.
In some case I witnessed, the college intern was way more productive and useful than the CTO himself.
Besides, technology is constantly changing. Thus, young developers are usually in tune with new technologies.
4-) DO NOT USE IN-HOUSE SERVERS
Instead, use the cloud. You should try to get away with free hosting on the cloud. If you cannot host for free, still stick to the cloud. It is much cheaper than in-house servers both in the short and long-terms. Refer to my article about CLOUD vs IN-HOUSE SERVERS.
5-) HAVE YOUR DEVELOPER DELEGATE SUB-TASKS TO FREELANCERS
Some people tend to go for cheap labor in platforms like Fiverr and other freelance sites. I highly recommend against it if you are developing a relatively complex, fully-fledged platform.
For simple static websites though, I would go for them.
If you are developing a relatively complex product, I suggest hiring one good engineer. The latter can then use cheap-labor platforms to delegate some rudimentary tasks. It will be cheaper that way. I know many people who have regretted trying to use cheap labor platforms. They had to later find a good developer and rebuild the application.
Software Engineer and Entrepreneur