Do you have a great iPhone app idea that you'd like to develop? That's great, but the road towards creating your app is not easy. If you have skills in technology such as Objective C, Cocoa, and Xcode, then feel free to develop your app. But many people who have a sudden strike of inspiration for a new app rarely have this type of background.
This is where the dilemma comes in. If the idea is good enough, you will want to bring it to life however you can. That leaves you with two options:
1) Hiring a freelance developer or a tech firm to develop it for you.
2) Learning how to make apps yourself and developing your idea on your own.
Each approach has different pro's and con's, and depending on your life circumstances you will want to select which one to follow through with wisely.
One of the benefits of hiring an outside source to develop your app is the fact that it's a lot easier. You will not have to spend time reading books about objective C and Cocoa, and you will not have to tinker around with new technology to learn how to create a prototype your app. Instead, you can throw some money on the table and have a professional do it.
One of the weaknesses of this approach is that it will cost a lot of money. iPhone application development is a unique skill that is very much in demand today, and the range of people with this skill are limited. Because of this, hourly rates for mobile application development tend to reach as high as $ 150 an hour. Projects can run from several weeks to months, and at such a high hourly rate, this service is highly unaffordable for many.
An alternative is to actually learn how to create mobile applications from scratch. The great advantage to this approach is that you will be able to produce any idea that you have, not only one. This can also be a great skill to earn money by freelancing. Since these benefits learning how to make apps on one's own is often very daunting.
The fear is, a lot of us are not programmers so we fear that we would have to go through years of schooling to learn the necessary skills. Fortunately, this does not have to be the case. While I will not say that learning how to make apps is a walk in the park, it Is certainly manageable with the right attitude, mindset, and instructions.