As a mobile application development company we work with businesses who sell services and products. Building business instant messaging apps also include e-commerce feature. Like our clients from United Kingdom - LawBite. We built a business instant messaging application for them with an e-commerce feature. Their clients can view services LawBite provide, choose a subscription option they like. Also there is a possibility to make just one time purchase. We are using Stripe for payments processing, so it is easy for people to buy with their credit card.
There is also an admin panel, where app admin can view all incoming orders, redirect them from one agent to another, see total amount earned and payments history.
As additional features to more complicated business instant messaging apps our mobile application development company suggests:
View previous orders
See upcoming billing
Gift cards and discounts
Escrow payment system
Average time to develop business instant messaging app with e-commerce option by a mobile application development company is3-4 MONTHS
You may also want to have a website for your your business instant messaging app and in that case a mobile application development company may offer you to have a simple landing page for promotions. In that case a team will remain same. But if you want a website with e-commerce option as well, you will need to add one more front-end developer to the team.
TWO FRONTEND DEVELOPERS
ONE BACKEND DEVELOPER
ONE UAT SPECIALIST
As a mobile application development company we have seen projects with many different budgets. How much mobile app costs does not depend on a complexity of a final product but it depends on a release stage. We usually use following stages: MVP, Beta Release, Launch.