Billmastr was inspired by the team's quarantine hobbies. We were brainstorming and realized we had one quarantine activity in common. This is the high usage of streaming subscription services. We want to build an app to manage all the subscription services for users so that we can continue this activity while making wiser financial decisions.
What it does
Billmastr assists users in better managing their subscription services. It has three features. The first is to provide an overview of spending for the user - such as total spending on subscription services per month, spending in each category of subscriptions, and how the spending compares to past months. The second feature is to provide easy access to manage all the subscriptions at once. Users can view all their subscriptions on this tab and spending for each specific subscription. There is a link to each app should the user wish to alter their subscription. The last feature is notifying users when subscription bills are coming due. In the notification tab, the app also sends out a personal finance tip of the day every day to inform users of best budgeting practices.
How we built it
This app was built with Angular. Heather put together prototype screens in Figma and researched the business question on hand, while Erika developed the logic and styling.
Challenges we ran into
Our biggest challenge was to distinguish this app from similar apps that already exist. Although we were not able to implement it in the timespan of the hackathon, we decided that we would like to add household bill-type expenses to the app, so users can track their usage of their utilities, as well as more commonly regarded subscription services. This way, users can track all their consistent monthly costs in one app, whether they are essential or a luxury.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
This was our first time building an app from scratch and we're happy that we were able to put together a presentable product for this hackathon.
What we learned
From a technical perspective, we learned a lot about the features of Angular such as routing and navigation, as well as styling in HTML and SCSS. From a business perspective, we looked at many similar apps and their designs to get a better idea of how to create a user-friendly end product.
What's next for Billmastr
Currently, our application has a high focus on billing and spending, but we want to get into user usage patterns. We may get into other subscription-like bills, such as variable monthly bills (e.g. hydro, wifi, phone bills). We also do not have a designer on the team, so we'd love to make Billmastr easier to use and easier on the eyes.