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Business Directory App Cost Estimate

What is a business directory app?

A business directory application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that provides users with information about businesses or services in their area. Business directory apps may offer features to filter search results by category, to read reviews and ratings for local businesses, and to view contact information for individual businesses. Directory apps are similar to other business apps, such as scheduling apps, appointment apps, task management apps, and project management apps. Yelp is the most popular example of a business directory app. Examples of business directory apps built with Crowdbotics:

What is the typical cost to build a business directory app?

A business directory app usually costs about $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. A business directory app with a low number of features (also known as a minimum viable product, or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality. For example, here are some previous business directory app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

How long does it take to build a business directory app?

A business directory app usually takes 193 hours to build. However, a business directory app can be built in as few as 67 hours, or in as many as 333 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your specific app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, complex logic, or non-standard release platforms. For example, some previous business directory apps build with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

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How to successfully grow your business directory application

Business directory app can grow by allowing users to rate their experience with a business and by offering new users a free deal. Business directory apps succeed when they allow users to find the best businesses in a given category because of the value that they provide to users. For example, Yelp is successful because it’s useful for finding businesses in a certain location. Useful features include star ratings, user reviews, and curated lists of businesses.

Risks and challenges of building a business directory application

A business directory app may face legal and reputational risks associated with inaccurate or outdated data, disclosure of personal or proprietary data, improper use of images, and security vulnerabilities. It is recommended that business directory apps take measures to verify the accuracy of information provided by users and offer mechanisms for reporting and responding to abuse. Businesses should be careful when sharing their own sensitive data such as employee or member information.