App Developer

Pretty much everyone has a mobile device these days. We’re always glued to our phones and tablets. The time that people spend on mobile devices increased by 575 percent in just the last three years! And we spend 80 percent of that time on apps. Whether on mobile or computer, consumers 

want clean, functional, and user-friendly apps. That’s the work of the App Developer. App Developer VBOs create, test, and debug computer and mobile applications. App development is an incredibly fast-growing industry, offering plenty of opportunity to innovators who can code creatively.


If you have an analytical mind and enjoy coding, becoming an Application Developer may be for you! App Developer VBOs use programming languages such as Java, Python, Ruby, and more to create web and mobile applications. They typically work with other professionals like engineers, designers, analysts, and marketers to create a fully functional app. An app developer’s focus is to build the framework and specifications for an app's end product. In addition to creating apps from scratch, developers may also test, debug, and improve upon faults in existing applications.

Here are just a few reasons you should consider becoming an App Development VBO:

  • App development is one of the fastest-growing niche industries.
  • It offers flexibility and creativity for innovative types.
  • You will gain on-going education as you build your client base.

Here is an example of a VBO Niche for an App Developer
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Primary Niche

App Development

SUB Niche

App Development for Small Business Owners

VBO Niche

Developing Mobile Menu and Ordering Apps for Restaurants

We provide some great resources to help you get up and running as an App Developer. If you have questions about becoming an App Developer, feel free to head over to our Groups and ask there!


  • Communicate with clients to determine specific application needs.
  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to create a fully functional end product.
  • Understand coding languages and several other programs.
  • Write high-quality code to completion while meeting set deadlines.
  • Understand clients' needs and how to apply them to end application products.
  • Create and submit creative prototypes according to guidelines.
  • Submit reports to clients detailing milestones and setbacks as needed.


Our research shows the hourly rate charged by VBOs ranges from $30.00 to $130.00. However, the majority seemed to land in the $50.00 to $90.00 per hour range. Factors affecting this variance include geographic location, experience, and level of expertise.



TechCrunch is one of the leading authorities on everything tech related. Their app section is updated fairly consistently and offers plenty of tips and tools for app developers.

App Masters

App Masters' blog discusses recent updates in app marketing and development. They offer tips from industry experts, marketing strategies, and more.


Apptology's blog covers everything from app development to marketing and recruiting for your app company. They also offer news, tricks, and expert interviews.



Udemy is a great site for VBOs to sharpen their skills. Their classes typically range from $10.00 - $200.00. However, they are known to have frequent sales where with virtually all lessons as low as $10.00.


Skillshare is an online learning community with classes in that are often helpful for VBOs focused design, business, tech, and more.


Lynda has been around a long time and might just be one of the granddaddies of online training. Pretty much all courses are well-vetted and professionally done. While their courses may be a little more expensive, they are top quality. Since they were recently acquired by LinkedIn, some premium accounts get access to Lynda at no additional charge, which is a great deal.


Coursera offers courses from many of the top universities including Stanford, Duke, and Penn. As a result, their courses are probably a bit more like what you would imagine getting in higher education.







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