How React Native can cut your development costs

We happen to live in an extremely competitive world where being the first one on the market could grant you an extensive business advantage. Many companies are working on similar ideas using different technology stacks for their own reasons. Today, I will try to answer the simple question: why choosing React Native as a framework for your native mobile applications can bring your product to life faster and cheaper. Shall we begin?

One language to rule ‘em all (cost reduction)

To build a real native application, you require separate iOS and Android developers combined with someone to cover the back-end. I guess I don’t have to mention that hiring a developer is not free of charge. For instance, let’s have a look at Indeed’s statistics on an average US salary for iOS, Android and JavaScript Developers.

Source: Indeed.com
Source: Indeed.com
Source: Indeed.com

As you can see, hiring a JavaScript developer is not really cheaper than Android or iOS, but here’s the catch: you need only one to write a set of applications using React Native, not two. That cuts your costs nearly in half. It will probably take him a bit longer than 2 separate developers, but the difference won’t be even close to double the JavaScript dev’s salary.

It might happen that you’ll need a native developers’ help, but those would be minor issues and can be done adhoc by a developer from another team.

Additionally, hiring a Node.js developer to create the backend can make everything even easier as the whole product will be written in JavaScript.

Sharing is caring (time saving)

One of React Native’s unique features allows developers to share the codebase and build applications faster, since they won’t need to create the second application from scratch. Of course, it has its limitations but will work for many project nevertheless. What makes it even better, is the fact that you can also use some of the code either from your web app or in your web app, if it’s based on React.

Big family (future-proof)

Both React and React Native were forged in the fires of Facebook and are receiving a tremendous support from their creators. Considering that Facebook utilizes their own technology in their apps, we can assume that they will be more than interested to develop it furthermore and won’t drop it overnight. Additionally, a variety of established companies use it to leverage its strengths. I’m fairly sure you will be familiar with the vast majority of businesses presented on React Native’s official website.


To learn more about about some of them, head over to my colleague, Chris's article:

5 (very popular) mobile apps using React Native


The decision is yours (choose wisely)

Of course, there are many more benefits that come from using React Native, but those above are 3 of the most important ones from the business perspective. If your needs can be covered with React Native, I’d advise going for it. You will save precious time and money while getting a good looking and fast-performing mobile application.