Please note that many app makers are currently affected by Apple's new guidelines. This means submitting apps to iOS may include extra fees, long delays in publication or plain rejection.
Are you interested in creating and selling apps? It could be a lucrative career. According to a recent report, 67% of SMBs plan to have their own mobile app by the end of the year. Could you give them that solution?
Well, the good news is that you don’t need a team of iOS and Android developers to create an application these days. If your client's needs are simple enough, you could absolutely use an app maker and claim credit for their platform and development tools. In fact, they actively encourage it through their reseller, or white label app programs.
Let’s say you use GoodBarber to create an app. You can log into their platform, play around, add features and publish it online. When you do, you will be using the GoodBarber website and backend. Their logo and branding is everywhere.
But are building a GoodBarber app for someone else? You could give them login details to see how their app is coming along. You could also give them access to add content and publish it themselves. But as a white label app, it will look like you created the backend yourself!
This is achieved through 3 white label features:
In short, you are paying for the right to replace any mention of GoodBarber with your own name or company name, while enjoying all of their features. Of course, any mention of their pricing will also be hidden from view.
Actually you don't. In fact, some resellers prefer to keep the name of the app maker to leverage the brand as part of their pitch to clients.
As an app maker CEO told us: “It reminds me how it used to be with web agencies. At the beginning they didn't say they were using WordPress to create the website for their customers. Now, they say they are WordPress gurus.”
Time for research! You should ensure that your app maker is perfect for your new business. Below is a checklist of all the points you should consider:
The Goodbarber reseller dashboard. You can see the status of each app you build and publish there.
The table below shows you a quick overview of 5 different reseller programs. Scroll down or click on their name for more information about each of them.
loads of advanced features cost extra – for example segmented push notifications (one-off fee of 59€) or classifieds app (one-off fee of 159€)NoneNoneNone
|Price (billed yearly)||$240 / Month||$279 / Month||149€ / Month which they host for you or one-off fee of 799€ self-hosted (note that prices are in euros only)||$250 / Month||$120 / Month
$552 / Month
$960 / Month
|$100 / month
$150 / month
|Number of apps||unlimited||5 – 12 depending on features||unlimited||10||5
|Hidden costs||Extra cost for certain features: $40 – 80 per year per app, or $80 / month for unlimited use on all the apps.||Support isn't included:
live chat: $162/ month
live chat + 24/7 phone support: $576 / month
|Dedicated account manager|
|Excellent user experience when creating the apps
Easy to use for beginners
|Source code ownership
|Powerful marketing tools
Great for ecommerce apps
|Sliding scale is useful for testing the waters||Great CSM dashboard
Connect App to let users update their content on the go
|Cons||Not all features are free||Expensive support
Limited amount of features at the moment
|Paid advanced features||App creation platform could be a little easier to use.||Limited design options||Limited design options|
|Best for||Offering unlimited apps makes them hard to beat for scaling your reseller business.||Probably the nicest interface to use. They are also a great choice if you can code or know someone who does.||Unlimited apps and complete control over the source code is a big plus. You can also built a payment gateway for clients.||BiznessApps give you all the tools and resources you need to actually sell your apps.||The sliding scale is useful if you’re just launching your reseller business. They also have a unique Business Directory feature.||AppYourself's CMS tools seem very attractive if your users need to update a lot of their app content themselves.|
|Link||Try GoodBarber for free||Try Shoutem for free||Try Siberian for free||Try AppInstitute for free||Try AppYourself for free|
Price: $240 / month or $2400 a year for an unlimited amount of apps (!).
Main features: A good range of features, from loyalty options to unlimited push notifications. You can read a full review of their offer here.
Reseller tools: good reseller dashboard. Cloning tool to easily duplicate an application. 6 weeks on boarding reseller training that includes a 45 min 1 on 1 call per week to help you get started. Ability to integrate custom code. Online resources (available for everyone).
Unique approach: GoodBarber are focusing on “progressive web apps”, so you can create apps that look and behave exactly the same on smartphones and web browsers (mobile or desktop). This means that you could potentially sell the results as a simplified website for clients! Their apps also tend to put content at the front, making them ideal for blogs, news publications and magazines.
Price: The “Agency” pricing, as Shoutem calls it, starts at $279 / month. It doesn’t limit the amount of apps you can build, but instead lets you buy $310 worth of standard Shoutem app subscriptions. While it looks rather confusing, there are two advantages to this method: one is that you can create apps with the lite, basic or advances plans (different prices and different levels of features). Two, you get a discounted rate based on the number of apps you build.
Main features: A small but decent list at the moment: coupons, community features, events and places.
Reseller tools: Shoutem offers personal training to help you get started with the platform. You also have a dedicated account manager, and will be able to access white label promotional material to sell your apps to clients.
The new Shoutem extension marketplace. Not quite complete at the time of writing, but a good example of how well-designed their platform is.
Unique approach: Shoutem is taking a leaf from WordPress’s book by opening its code to developers. They aim to create a big marketplace of extensions that you can tweak and integrate with your app. If you know how to code or work with a developer, this could be a huge plus.
Price: Siberian's Platform Edition (PE) for resellers comes in two flavours: one time fee of 799€ if you host the platform yourself, or 149€ per month if they host it for you. These all give you unlimited apps.
Extra costs: Loads of them really. Since their initial offer is so cheap, Siberian make their money back by selling modules and services. These range from installation of the platform on your domain for you (299€) to extra features like surveys (89€ for a 1 year license or TaxiRide for a Uber clone (159€ for 1 year license).
Main features: You can still get a lot without paying extra: maps, push notifications, m commerce etc…
Reseller tools: The best one is probably the integrated payment solution so you can integrate gateways. This means creating your own subscription models for clients and you can even manage invoices and subscriptions. There doesn't seem to be any help with marketing.
Unique approach: This would be the fact that the apps are completely open source. In short, you have complete control over the source code, which is super handy if you work with a developer.
Price: Their reseller plan costs $250 a month (billed yearly). This includes 10 app credits.
Reseller tools: You get a dedicated Partner Success Manager, sales training, marketing materials, video tutorials, webinars and access to their Reseller Community. Plus access to a very handy lead-generation tool called Bizness Health where you can find new leads and monitor the state of your business.
Unique approach: BiznessApps are probably the most marketing focused of all app makers, offering tons of resources to really help you find leads and sell your apps.
One of BiznessApp’s advanced marketing tools – a very effective lead generator.
Price: AppInstitute offer 3 different reseller pricing plans. Silver ($120/month) lets you publish 5 apps. Gold ($552/month) gives you 30. Platinum ($960/month) gives you 75. These are yearly prices, account for around 10% more when you pay monthly.
Main features: Loyalty features, in-app store, directory, booking and more.
Reseller tools: 90 success plan (training) and marketing material for all plans. Free app resubmissions and free sales website for Gold and Platinum. The Platinum plan also comes with extras like free logo creation, domain registration, Google Developer License and 1st year Apple Developer License amongst others.
Unique approach: AppInstitute lets you create unlimited demo apps (or just 100 with the Silver plan) so your clients can preview an app before you sell it / add it to your plan.
Price: 5 apps for 100 € / month. 10 apps for 150 € / month or 1500 € / year.
Extra costs: Nothing to note.
Main features: Booking, table reservation, coupons, stamp card and more.
Reseller tools: Reseller dashboard, customer CMS.
Unique approach: AppYourself lets you create your own plans so you can give your clients different pricing options depending on the features they need.
Price: AppyPie has 4 reseller plans: Starter ($100 / month – 10 apps); Pro ($200 month – 25 apps); Business ($300 month – 50 apps); and Enterprise ($400 a month – 100 apps)
Main features: In-app store, loyalty features, geo-localization and more.
Reseller tools: Nothing special here.
Unique approach: AppyPie offers lifetime subscriptions (which actually only remain active for 5 years). It’s essentially a discounted rate when you pay a big lump sum in advance.
Price: Their only option is the reseller pack which costs $34 / month. You can publish 10 apps with it, with unlimited users and updates.
Extra costs: Nothing to note.
Main features: Pretty basic e-commerce and location-based services.
Reseller tools: Priority support.
Unique approach: AppMakr is one of the rare app makers to gives you the source code of your white label apps. Also: dead cheap.
In conclusion, it is worth reiterating that, as a reseller, you will become the app makers’ privileged user. You should therefore expect a certain level of support and service to create the apps as easily as possible and focus on selling them instead.
The other good news is that you can easily test the waters by choosing the best app maker for one app and trying to sell it. If you are successful, you can then start thinking more seriously about setting up a stable business. And if you really want to grow it, there is no reason why you couldn’t invest in more than one app maker reseller package!
Did we miss anything? Considering another white label option? Let us know in the comments below as we’ll be exploring reseller programs more in depth in the future with complete comparisons and video reviews.