App Development in Sydney
So you’re thinking about an app. Check out our video below to see what an app can do for your business.
Hello, welcome to Dr App
My name is Ben Allan. I’ll be helping you discover what’s possible with a business app
Before we get into it, a brief warning …
This information is NOT for you if
- You are totally satisfied with how you track incomes, expenditure and profits
- You don’t spend time doing menial tasks that could be automated
- Your team feel valued and united in their goals
- Your customer portal is user-friendly
However, if you think your business could be more efficient and more profitable with an app, read on …
For over 15 years, we have been at the forefront of app development. We have created apps for 30 business owners including …
- Solo operators
- Mum and pop businesses
- Franchisees and
- Nationwide corporations
Our satisfied clients include tradespeople, manufacturers of medical devices, home care services, telecommunications’ companies and furniture removalists.
Your app is built around how YOU operate every day. We don’t ask you to change your work procedures to match the app. The point of a purpose-built app is that it fits in you’re your work flow seamlessly.
Alternatively, you can read this page and discover
- The broad categories apps fall into
- Some examples of business apps
- The App Development process
- Our3 point 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and
Let’s start …
3 Stages in App Development
Stage 1 – Getting a clear plan
It begins with listening. We get to know your goals, your problems, your ambitions. Then we can build the app you need.
Stage 2 – Let’s build
As for building, we differ from some other app developers. How? Well, we don’t take pre-existing software and adapt them. Your app is created from scratch. It’s a unique piece of technology.
Stage 3 – Getting the most from your new app
Once you have the finished app, it’s yours for life. It’s your intellectual property. You can use it as a second income stream or just keep it in-house and exclusive.
The Types of Apps
Almost all businesses have a website. This can be a simple few pages about where to find them and what they do.
Some go further and have a complex web-based application or app where you can log in, pay your bill, order new products and so on.
A music store where you can order guitar strings online and review your previous orders is one example.
The goal of this type of app is to serve the customer. Actually often the customer serves themselves!! This frees up staff for other tasks.
Although you can use web-based apps on your mobile phone, they are still web-based apps.
There are 2 types of mobile app – the native app and the cross-platform app. These are the apps you can download from an app store onto your phone.
A Native App for Mobile Phones
So, your staff and clients have a variety of phones and tablets. Some have Android devices, some prefer Apple technology.
To cover everyone, you can ask us to construct an app for the android system and a second app for the Apple system.
They are called native apps.
This is a time-consuming process but it has its advantages. You end up with two purpose built apps.
There are no TRANSLATION faults in your app as it was not copied from Android to Apple.
Both apps are intuitive and follow the logic you and your customers expect.
You have another choice …
A Cross-Platform App for Mobile Phones
If you choose a cross-platform app, we will build it ONCE.
It operates on your IOS and your Android devices.
They are two distinct apps. But …
A cross-platform app may not meet your customers’ expectations. It can look different to other apps they use. They may have trouble navigating through the app.
Truth be told, it looks similar to a mini website.
It may help you to know what other business owners are choosing. Well,
- 20% want an app on one platform only
- 30% go for both an android app and an IOS app and
- The final 50% choose a cross-platform app
To summarise, you can have
1. A native app for Android phones and tablets
2. A native app for your Apple phones and devices
3. Two native apps – one for each platform or
4. A cross-platform app.
There’s one more question to address –
Can we build a customised app to go on your Apple i-Watch?
For sure. Just tell us what you are thinking about and we’ll make it happen.
… an ‘off the shelf’ app. Let me explain what this is …
A visitor registration app is an off the shelf app. Cafes, clubs, restaurants and other venues can download it and ask customers to use it. The app has one purpose – to collect and store visitors’ names and contact information. You can buy it online.
However running a business has many elements. To pull together your client data, bookings, stock orders, staff job sheets and a range of other information you really need a purpose built app.
If you are ready to book a meeting please click the box below.
Why do businesses get apps? There’s two ways of addressing this…
How do your clients benefit from your app?
They get …
- Convenience – they can check their account, pay bills, make a booking, etc., whenever it suits them
- Speed – they can do business with you in a few minutes
- Security – with their own personal log-in, their information is protected
How does your business benefit from a custom-made app?
You get …
- A professional image – your app is the first window into your business
- A link to your clients – the app allows you to stay in touch, promote various products or send reminders
- Superior data to help decision-making – it’s easy to track enquiries, income, work flow – anything you want
- Save time – your app can cut out double handling, automate some processes and integrate information across departments
Valuable app features
– Voice control – this allows you to ask questions of your app, find a new job, send an invoice, all hands-free
– Text reading – you can check your messages while you are in traffic
– Artificial intelligence – with AI your clients can contact your business 24/7
– Navigation – we can link your app to a GPS program
Keen to talk?
Custom App Development Sydney
Job Management App
Now let’s see what our clients say…
Matt Houlders has his own small business – Little Critters Pest Control.
He used a job management app but found it had limitations.
He asked us to build him an app that was specific to the pest industry.
Matt Houlders’ customised job management app manages every important business activity.
With it, he can …
- Set up appointments
- Produce and send pest inspection reports
- Complete and send invoices
- Track payments
- Send ‘nudge’ emails when clients are slow to pay
- Automatically integrate his paid invoices with his accounting program
- Automatically contact clients when their annual pest inspection comes up
The app has been a game changer for Matt. It has
- Saved him 8 hours of admin time every week
- Freed him up to spend more time with his family
- Increased the number of return customers by 23%
As for the investment?
The job management app was $9000. It took the Dr App team 3 months to build. Matt was fully involved in the process. Now he has the option of selling the app to fellow pest management operators.
We have created job management apps for a range of businesses including cleaning companies and courier services.
Open up to virtual reality
Some businesses benefit from giving their clients a virtual experience.
Real estate agents, landscapers, interior designers and health professionals come to mind.
For example …
Virtual Reality for the Home Builder
Using a VR app, as a builder you can show your buyers through a selection of houses without leaving the office. This app gives you a major point of difference
Wearing a VR headset the buyer can explore each home, getting to know the layout, orientation and room sizes.
They can see their options quickly and clearly. This will not replace viewing the actual properties but it can help the buyer refine their ideas. And save you time along the way.
Your investment would be $5000. The app can be completed in 3 months.
VR Can Fight the Black Dog of Depression
There are exciting ways to use apps in the field of mental health. We are working with a professional hypnotherapist who treats clients with depression.
The purpose of this VR app is to relax the clients so they can absorb the new positive programming in their hypnotherapy session.
The clients wear a VR headset and watch a short video of a natural forest landscape. The potential for other health professionals is huge.
If you own or manage a restaurant, with a custom-built app you can highlight new dishes, provide directions, arrange bookings and operate your customer loyalty program.
To produce an app of this nature for one platform is a 3 month task. Your investment would be around $10000.
Right, let’s talk about HOW we make your unique app.
The App Creation Process
We find out what you need. Once we have enough information, we construct ‘user stories’.
Next we produce wireframes with these stories as our guideposts. The wireframes are outlines of the final app.
We start creating your actual app. We produce the UI user interface. This shows you how your app will look. We design the UX user experience. This controls how the app will work.
We fashion your prototype app. Now you can test the app out on your phone. Although it’s incomplete, you’ll see what’s happening and you can give us valuable feedback.
Now for the exciting part… We make your fully functioning app. We also link your app to servers.
Next up is testing. At Dr App, we use a cloud-testing platform. This tests your app with hundreds of phone brands, models and screen sizes. In addition, we use our custom-made testing app.
The Two Ways We Approach App Development in Sydney
There are two approaches for running your project. You can choose either…
App Development Approach #1 – The Waterfall Method
This tackles each step in a logical pre-set order from start to finish. Each part is created once. It is not possible to return to an earlier step and make adjustments.
This method works if we know exactly what you need before we begin.
With the Waterfall Method, you get …
v certainty – your app is completed at an agreed time and an agreed budget
x it’s not adaptable – if you revise your plans, we’re stuck
x We need to redesign the app and build again from scratch
x You will be offered a new schedule and new costings
App Development Approach #2 – The Agile Method
This approach is more fluid and dynamic. We cycle through all aspects of your app, building and refining it until it’s complete.
v Multiple opportunities to review the project as we go
Due to the open nature of this method
x It’s hard to say exactly when it will be completed
x We can’t offer you a fixed price
It’s up to you to select the approach that best suits your needs. We can discuss this with you when we meet.
At any time, feel free to make your appointment…
About Your Quote
Once you agree on the quote, we begin to construct your unique business app.
Generally we will work on your app for 10 hours per month. We send you an invoice each month too.
Each app is a new creation. Your app may be simple or complex.
That’s why we quote individually on each app.
Thanks for hanging in there with this page. It’s like Apps 101. I hope you are finding it useful.
We’re nearly done.
Now for the all-important ….
100% Satisfaction Guarantee for App Customers
1. We guarantee we will work closely with you to ensure your app meets your requirements before it goes live.
2. We guarantee to offer you training so you can use your app with confidence as a new business asset.
3. In the unlikely event there are glitches in the app of our making, we guarantee we will fix these courteously, quickly and free of charge.
YES, we can use a code someone else has developed. We have 15 years of professional experience creating apps. Bring it on.
NO, we won’t consider taking a future profit from your app instead of payment.
YES, we can arrange to host your app. We usually go with Amazon AWS. It offers excellent speed and coverage. Our clients have been very happy with it.
YES, after your app is handed over to you, it is fine to ask for changes. Our hourly rate at present is $80AU.
Up to 5 screens
Cross platform app for both Android and iPhone
Features we can include - Email messaging, login and registration, integration with WordPress
Job management system or similar
Cross platform app for both Android and iPhone
Features we can include - to take bookings, to create inspection reports, to write and send invoices, connection to Xero, to send Emails to the Clients, to send payment reminders
Advanced features in addition to the ones included in our smaller packages
iWatch applications etc.
More than 3-5 months
Let’s hear from Matt Houlders, the pest control guy…
“My Pests App is functional and fast. It has everything I need and nothing I don’t.”