Want to be known as the next indie app developer millionaire? Want to get out of the rat race and be your own boss? Do you want to call the shots and be in control of your financial destiny? Great! But before I continue let me be completely honest with you… While this is possible, it won’t happen overnight. If you want success badly you will get it, just know it wont happen overnight. I want you to think about that for a second. I know I like things straight to the point, concise, and everything done right now but unfortunately that’s not how the world works.
Point #1: It takes time (months, even years) to reach success so have patience.
I remember my first year making apps I only made $9.51 for my first app for Android™ back in 2012. After experiencing and getting my feet wet in the app industry I knew I could make some extra income selling apps I did some more research and started making more apps. Today I now have over 32 apps published on over 5 different app stores. My income has grown tremendously since then with each year projected to bring in more than previous years.
Point #2: Experience by trying new opportunities, tactics, marketing, and see what sticks.
I’ve recently published apps to Windows even though all the hype is against developers to do it. Well it seems to be paying off well for me. I make more on Windows than I do from the Android™ market. I see tons of opportunities.
The message I hope to send out to you is that anyone can be successful in the app industry. The more apps you publish, the more you will earn. If you really think about it, its just a mathematical equation. Publish more paid apps of some value and the market will pay you for what its worth. I’ve earned around $1,000 a month, my next goal is to reach $5,000 so to gain that goal of mine I need to publish more valuable apps. Also beware that earnings each month are not always consistent. One month you may see a spike and next everything falls to hell. This business is a never ending roller coaster ride, buckle up bitches it’s going to be bumpy.
Point #3: Being in the app business and especially an indie developer in this industry is not for the faint of heart.
As an indie developer myself and all the things I personally went through I believe it was well worth the troubles. I view it as a learning curve and more of how I’m able to overcome challenges than anything else. I mean.. let’s put this in perspective, everything is all in your mindset. If you want success focus on that, if you want 100 apps, focus on publishing that many. It doesn’t matter what obstacles are in your way as long as you have a solid goal to chase, nothing can stop you. Don’t focus on what can get in your way, focus on how you can overcome those obstacles to get ahead. Take baby steps, one at a time.
Point #4: Set goals to strive for. Write them down every single day. Law of attraction or God or some kind of force will make it happen in your favor.
There’s going to be struggles, such as learning how to code, how to deal with different app store requirements, what to do if app is rejected, negative user reviews, keeping up with new features,testing your apps on new devices like latest iPhones, bugs in app, etc… This is all just part of the app business. If you don’t have patience then don’t bother trying because failures will happen. Everything in the tech industry is fast paced, your app could bring in top dollar one day but get taken out the next day.
Point #5: Patience can be learned. I learned it through my marriage ?
All jokes aside I’m going to be honest with you. All successful people work hard every single day. Hard work with patience and persistence for years is what it takes. I work all 7 days of the week but I love what I do so it doesn’t seem like work. There’s no other way around hard work. You are either a lion or a sheep. Become a lion and attack!
Point #6: Don’t pay someone to tell you how to run your business, try it for yourself. You will fail but it’s through failure that we can learn and grow.
Being a father myself I try to tell my son not to jump off from our furniture in the house but he doesn’t listen. I try to warn him so he doesn’t hurt himself. For me I understand this and no matter what I do to try to stop him he won’t stop trying until he learns his lesson. Surely enough he did get hurt from jumping off the furniture. From that day he hasn’t jumped from our furniture anymore. This same principle can be applied to how adults create businesses as well. Some wiser gentlemen have experience and know what not to do and for some reason we all ignore the warnings and fall into the trap ourselves. I think by facing failures that I personally come back stronger, whereas if someone warns me what not to do I just do it anyways. So I could pay someone to follow their system that works for them, thats great, but that doesn’t mean it will necessarily work for me.
So do you have what it takes to be an indie app developer? There will be struggles, sleepless nights, obstacles, and years before you could be successful. Some of your apps wont make money while others will. Is it worth it? I truly believe so otherwise I wouldn’t have invested my time and energy in the apps I create, and this new blog. The work is hard but you get back what you put in this business. Question is: what are you going to do now? The opportunity to make a great living is live and well today more than ever. You just need the drive and hustle to make it happen. When there is a will, there is definitely a way. Go make something happen today!