Software development can cost businesses up to $1 million. DesignRush reached out to experts to discover the top budget management tips for software development.

MIAMI - MARCH 02, 2022

While complex products may cost businesses as much as $1 million, the average price for software development projects is $50,000-$250,000. The cost highly depends on the number of hours invested during the development, which can go as low as 700 to upwards of 3,000 for a single program.

DesignRush, a B2B marketplace connecting businesses with agencies, leveraged its 13,000-agencies-strong network for quick insights – or “QuickSights” – on the best software development budget management tips.


In the opinion of Hugh Grigg, principal software engineer at Kensio Software, businesses can cut on software development costs by releasing minimum viable products and then changing or improving them based on user feedback.

"To control costs on a software development project, it's essential to focus on building and releasing a minimum viable product first and then iterating on it," said Grigg. "This keeps the project agile and responsive to the needs of its users, which are guaranteed to evolve as the project progresses."

Katherine Reyes, business development lead at White Cloak Technologies, Inc., shares the same opinion claiming that the cheapest way to build products is to build them right the first time and then scale as needed.

"Despite its huge impact on costs, scalability is the most overlooked thing during biddings,” said Reyes. “HALF of our customers are those who got us to rebuild their apps from scratch, frustrated about their old vendor. Most of the time, it was because their old apps became too slow as they added more features. Remember, the cheapest way to build an app is to build it right the first time. "


According to Srijith Radhakrishnan, chairman at Squash Apps Pvt Ltd, having a well-defined development process can help businesses cut costs. Considering that Agile development allows for greater predictability, this methodology can also be the key to project success.

"It is very important to have a defined software development process," said Radhakrishnan. "Without a plan or a process, software development can become very hectic and drive up costs. Agile software development is known to play a major role in the success of a software project in that you see the issues sooner rather than later.”


PocketDevs CEO Bryl Lim believes that one of the ways to control the software development project cost is to consider potential risks to prepare a contingency plan.

"[When developing products, businesses] should consider possible risks and their cost. [They] need to consider the timeline and [the] team," said Lim. "A contingency should also be included to cover estimated uncertainties and not be 100% fixed – there should be room for change because we don’t live in constants, but much rather in variables."

To help businesses find a reliable partner for their software development project, DesignRush released the March list of the top custom software development companies:

1. Southport Technology Group -
Expertise: Custom Software Development, Experimentation & Conversion Rate Optimization, Technical & Product Due Diligence and more

2. Gravelsoft -
Expertise: Custom Software Development, Mobile Application Development, Web Development and more

3. Kensio Software -
Expertise: Web Development, System Integrations, Cloud Software and more

4. Squash Apps -
Expertise: Mobile App Development, Enterprise Software Development, UI/UX Design and more

5. Wings Tech Solutions -
Expertise: Web Development, Software Product Development, Mobile App Development and more

6. PocketDevs -
Expertise: Custom Software Development, Web Development, Mobile App Development and more

7. V2STech Solutions -
Expertise: Software Development, Mobile Development, UI/UX Services and more

8. Concept Infoway Pvt. Ltd -
Expertise: Web App Development, Software Development, eCommerce Website Development and more

9. Knovator Technologies -
Expertise: Web Development, eCommerce Development, Custom ERP Development and more

10. WalkingTree Technologies -
Expertise: Web & Mobile Application Development, UI/UX Design, DevOps and more

11. axiusSoftware -
Expertise: Enterprise Web Solutions, Enterprise Mobile Solutions, WeChat Solutions and more

12. SmartApp -
Expertise: Web & Software development, UX/UI Design, IT Consulting and more

13. Infomaze -
Expertise: Business Intelligence, Web Development, Mobile App Development and more

14. Rushkar Information Technology -
Expertise: Web Development, Mobile Application Development, Cloud Consulting and more

15. HSK Digital -
Expertise: Web Design and Development, Software Development, QA Testing and more

16. Zaag System -
Expertise: UI/UX Design, System Solutions, Web Development and more

17. Astha IT Research & Consultancy -
Expertise: Custom Software Development, Mobile App Development, Enterprise Solutions and more

18. White Cloak Technologies -
Expertise: Mobile App Development, UI/UX Design, Web App Development and more

19. Alite International -
Expertise: Custom IoT Solutions, Cloud Services, Customer Experience and more

Brands can explore the top software development companies by location, size, average hourly rate and portfolio on DesignRush.

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