How To Come Up With A Great App Idea
Just like writers sometimes get writer’s block, app developers sometimes get something similar.
You’re trying to come up with a great idea for an app but every time you think you’re onto something, it turns out to already exist. This process can be extremely frustrating, so what can you do to avoid it?
It always depends on the perspective when you are looking for the next genius revolutionary app your research possibilities can be limited, but it always helps to look at problems that you or your friends and colleagues are facing on a daily basis.
What can I do to improve my life or the life of other people?
A great app makes life easier for the person that uses it. That is probably the sentence you should have to keep in mind when looking for your next idea.
The monetary aspect should not be the main motivator because it does take a certain level of creativity to come up with an idea and as most artists would probably tell you creativity does not always pay the bills.
You have to of course have a long term strategy for monetization but it should never limit your idea finding process.
I would also advise you not to look to close to your competition, meaning the current iTunes charts for example. Because why would you look at something that already exists? You need to find something that you are passionate about and other people can relate to. Whether it be your cat or maybe keeping your life as organized as possible.
From personal experience I can tell you that unless you are passionate about what you are working on, it will never reach peak quality. Do not be fooled by the few start ups that sell for millions of dollars, they are the exception and you should never try to imitate their success. None of them thought when they started they would sell their app for that much money. They just did it because they believed in their idea.
So to sum up: talk to your friends, family and co-workers to find out what they value in their life. Ask them about their favorite apps and what they lack or how they would improve them. Make a list of things that you do throughout the week and think about where those things offer potential for apps to improve them.
Once you come up with a great idea it’s time to start coding and if you’re not a professional app developer, I suggest you take the course I teach with my colleague Johannes Ruof on Udemy.
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