The thought of having a business, solely based on simply creating mobile applications through our creative minds to then be pushed off to a driven company that handles the transactions and logistics is simply amazing. 

The Opportunity

According to Statista “The number of smartphone users is forecast to grow from 2.1 billion in 2016 to around 2.5 billion in 2019”. https://www.statista.com/statistics/330695/number-of-smartphone-users-worldwide/

 

That’s over 2.1 billion people using smartphones every single day! Just take a moment to think about this. There is over 2.1 billion people who are a tap away from downloading your app. If this doesn’t make you excited, as far as seeing a great opportunity, than I don’t know what will. In another view, we can examine what its like for a retail store to get exposure. The store is stuck at 1 location in one city. Unless its able to open new stores and be online, it still has a problem with people not able to find them. Now for apps they still have a discovery problem, this is where niche apps come into play. If your app fills a need it is better positioned as all it takes is a tap away rather than needing to drive to a single located retail store which seems inconvenient.

The App Store Risks

If your apps are only available in one app store, or even all the top 5 app stores (iTunes, Mac App Store, Google Play, Amazon, and Microsoft), you are at mercy to them. 

Any policy changes they make, which they do quite often, can either, raise your profits, keep them steady, make app discovery harder, or put you out of business altogether, overnight, most of times without notice. Not to mention some stores require annual fee’s to have the “privilege” to sell on their app store with of course a 30% cut from each app sale. The 30% cut the app stores take can be a bit hefty but for indie app developers like myself I see it favorable since they are taking care of the app transactions, refunds, and a online marketplace.

Because of the many risks it is always better to diversify through different app stores or if your brave enough, sell direct to consumers through your own personal website. Although you need to set in place merchant account to accept credit cards, transactions, refunds, ways to fight off pirates, more expensive website hosting services to handle the traffic, withholding taxes for every jurisdiction including overseas (app stores handles some of these), and advertising.

App Store Not Consistent With Paying Developers

Since I’m on all the 5 app stores I get a monthly direct deposit that works great. However, there is a certain app store that is not consistent and with no expected date to receive payment it can be frustrating. I think Apple’s payment is the most reliable one out of the 5 because it informs us when to expect payment and is pretty consistent within a day or two every month. Keep this in mind and be flexible. So if app store doesn’t pay up, good luck because customer service is useless or non existent.

Conclusion

So the opportunity of over 2.1 billion smartphone users globally, this is definitely a great opportunity to be in for app developers. As with any type of business there is always some kind of risk, the risks outlined here are the risks associated with app developers. It is really easy to get into this type of business and if you have the drive and consistency to do it, I don’t see why you wouldn’t be successful. You need to create valuable apps but not depend on just 1 app. I’ve read plenty of developers complain how it doesn’t work for them or blame other circumstances instead of there own. It takes hard work and dedication to creating new apps. There are apps that make money, ones that don’t even get 1 download but based on your situation the best solution is to just make a better one and move on. Complaining about a situation doesn’t get us anywhere or make us into a better person either. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed but what is, is what we can control and that is our mind and how we respond to challenges and if we have the courage to solve them, results will show up. 

Build out your app empire and watch the market grow with your app journey.

 

If you’re a programmer like myself, you may find yourself fighting to stay awake to code in the late nights, or to help stay focused when lacking concentration before that dreaded project deadline. Most humans rely on coffee but for some others, we like energy drinks. I find coffee to give me the jitters and my body doesn’t mix well with coffee so I naturally am drawn to energy drinks to get my fix.

What Is A Programmer?

“pro·gram·mer (n) An organism capable of converting caffeine into code.” by Urban Dictionary https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Programmer

If you’ve been following me on twitter you might know by now that I’m a monster fan…

The Adrenaline Rush

There’s nothing like the ability to drink a can of liquid and instantly feel jolted back to life. One thing that I knew is I couldn’t drink more than 3 within 24 hours or my internal operating system would return -1 and shut down. So I had my daily drink counts tagged on posit notes on my desk. Not going to lie, I’ve had a few uh-oh moments where heart was pumping a little too fast or feeling dizzy when I shouldn’t. So after my body was having bad reactions I decided it’s time to make a change. In moderation everything is fine but that wasn’t enough for me. I knew something needed to change.

Solution

My solution to this problem? I finally ditched monster for an organic energy drink called RUNA®. It took awhile searching for alternatives online until I came across this company who is selling these “clean energy drinks”. The claim was they had no sugar, no chemicals, no carbs, no nothing really. The magic is in the “super leaf” which is called guayusa from the Amazons.

I was skeptical at first but after learning the story on how this company was formed, how it operates, and trying the energy drinks I feel even better supporting it. When people buy from this company they are also supporting farmers in the Amazons, they work with the farmers to gather up this super leaf to put into the drinks. Its basically an energy drink tea that works. I’ve drank all kinds of tea before that have caffeine but nothing makes you feel more alive than RUNA® energy drink.

Comparing

I use the RUNA® clean energy drink every day to help me stay focused while working on my apps. When I was depending on monster energy drinks I always had to have another one to recharge and then become flat lined when I needed the energy the most. RUNA® energy drinks is helping me stay busy on what needs to be done at hand. The best part is this energy drink has 0 calories, 0 sugar, and 0 sodium. It has Vitamin C and some Iron in it but as for the rest is all guayusa plant. 

I’m just excited to share this with you as I’ve always wanted to find a healthier alternative to monsters and now I found it. Hopefully it’ll be yours too.

You can buy some at Amazon below. Disclaimer this is an affiliate link and I do get a small percentage kickback. I prefer the blood orange flavor. At first the taste is a bit strong but you’ll get used to it and ignore it after experiencing the amazing results. For a monster user of 2-3 cans a day I need 2 cans of RUNA® energy to keep me energized for the whole day coding. Only 1 if I’m moving around and doing errands. 

RUNA Organic Clean Energy Drink from the Guayusa Leaf, Blood Orange, 8.4 Ounce (Pack of 24)

 

What Flavor Is The Best?

The 3 flavors are Lime, Blood Orange, and Berry. I’ve tried them all and my advice is get the blood orange. The lime is ok. As far as the berry flavor, don’t get it! I found that flavor to be horrible.

If the energy drinks are too much, they have them available in tea bags as well. Flavors are good for all of them. I usually go with the traditional or the mint tea bags. 

Conclusion

I hope this helps someone who has an urge to find something healthier to drink. If you could quit caffeine all together, the better, but if you need an extra boost like myself, than I personally believe drinking these healthier energy drinks or even tea is better for you and safer for your health.

If you know anyone who relies on energy drinks please share this with them, or buy them a case  of RUNA®.

Wait, did I just read that correctly? Yes, Microsoft has stopped supporting the Windows Phone and publicly made announcements that they switched to Android. Bill Gates could be the reason for the blame but who knows.

I find this news a little disappointing as I’ve spent hours making sure my apps run on Windows Phone 8.1 and 10. However changes like this are expected as new technology arrives, competitors make other products obsolete at a faster pace. Once a piece of software is created, its never a finished product, we must update it often to stay relevant. Unfortunately Windows Phone wasn’t innovated enough and didn’t keep up.

Moving forward this also means I have no reason to update my Windows Phone apps but will only focus on desktop versions for Windows 10.

No excuses

You either have results or excuses, which outcome would you prefer to live with?

I’ve noticed everyone has an app idea. Most are terrible but some are actually great ideas to pursue. However, it’s not the idea itself that matters but the way it is executed from creation to marketing. There is an app called “Yo”, all it does is send a simple yo message to your friends. According to Tech Crunch it was funded over $1.5 million from investors. I wouldn’t consider anyone’s app idea any less worthy of it’s potential success but this also doesn’t mean that every dumb idea will be successful funded either. Don’t make excuses on making that app idea of yours.

 

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” -Jim Rohn#inspire #NoMoreExcuses pic.twitter.com/on2XEk66oT

— Jonathan Gillman (@jonathangillman) May 7, 2017

 

So my advice is if your app idea gets you excited, go make it happen, whatever it takes. Let the market validate your idea, if it fails, learn why it failed, pick yourself up, and try another idea.

Welcome to appreneurship.

 

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Good idea

Before I started making mobile apps I was known as the computer guy who friends and family automatically volunteered my time freely to help everyone with their tech gadgets. While I do love helping people, it was getting a little out of hand and had to put an end to that. Since I’ve evolved into creating apps everyone tells me their “million dollar app ideas” and how I should make it for them and we could split the profits solely based on them giving me an idea. Needless to say I do all the work while they wait until I publish and they collect their share right? Nope sorry! That’s not how I work around here. The thing is, everyone has some app idea that they believe is worth a million dollars. While I can agree some ideas probably are, the factor that determines if an app is successful isn’t how pretty it is but how the market responds to it. It also takes quite a lot of hard work and patience. Some apps don’t hit big downloads its first month or even 5th, I’ve seen some hit a year later.

I have tons of app ideas written down all around my office but only a few ever get chosen. The thing for me is I have to have the passion for the idea to work, this passion is what I need to fuel my drive to finish the app all the way through. The process of creating an app, as simple as it sounds can reach complexities in the backend code that not even the best software engineers can predict or fully know until we dive in. It’s not uncommon to have to change the look and feel of software based on limitations or certain features allowed per device. Being an app developer is very rewarding but also has it’s challenges where the coder has to make the best decision for the circumstances given.

Ideas are a dime a dozen but, execution is how you get it done.

When I first had inspiration to create apps, all I had was an idea. I took that idea, laid out plans on how to make it happen and did it! My advice to you is if you have a burning desire for that app idea then make it today. The only person stopping your progress is you. If you don’t know how to create an app, find out how, look it up on the internet, its all freely available. What are you waiting for? If there’s no burning desire then you don’t have enough fuel to pursue it. At this point just forget about it and move on with life.

Should I make someone sign an non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for my app idea?

Are you serious? The likelihood of someone stealing your idea is slim to none. Even if they do pursue it their version will be completely different than yours. You came up with the idea, you possess the creativity that the other person lacks so you will be ahead of them anyways.

Someone stole my app idea, now what?

Great! This just verifies that your heading the right path or at least there’s opportunities awaiting. Just because someone has same app idea doesn’t mean you can’t create your own unique version of it. Don’t copy it though, make it unique with your own features that drive value.

I have a few competitors who offer free versions of similar app features mine possess. Since they hit the app store I’ve noticed my sales increase. I might send a thank you letter to my competitors one day 🙂

My perspective on receiving app ideas almost every week.

I love talking to enthusiastic people! I try to network with others as much as possible and when I talk about apps I seem to always get some kind of app idea. I’ll try to give my honest feedback but I tell everyone the same thing: if you want to create an app, then do it yourself! Unless you have money to invest with but honestly you’ll gain more by learning the process and creating the app yourself. It’s not uncommon to hear how their app idea is better than X company and is worth a trillion dollars. That’s all great but until action has been taken anyone can exaggerate. Some of my apps that I thought would succeed actually failed while others that I didn’t have high hopes for is doing pretty good.

Should you Share your app idea with friends and family?

My answer is no! The reason behind this is they are too afraid to be honest with you. Also because depending on how your app performs isn’t what your friends or family thinks, it’s how the market responds to it. Is it in high demand? Does it solve a problem? Market research is a valuable thing to do prior to execution of your app idea.

Closing

So you have an app idea, the first thing to do is Google up on how to make apps. Learn how to code, publish to app stores, and make it happen!

Let me know how it turns out. If all else fails you can always hire developers too. Maybe I’ll lend a hand for you. Good luck!

Cheers!

Clock

When you think about successful people and how they achieved success what comes to mind on how they were able to reach such possibilities? Do you think it was luck? Oh he was destined to be wealthy because of this or that? Do you really think wealth happens without earning it?

I can’t speak for miracles but I can from personal experiences of putting in the hard work, day in and day out persistently. My friends and colleagues remember my first app published and are still in awe when they hear I’m still doing apps as if they thought I was going to quit years ago. Nope, I don’t give up that easily! I’m also not an expert but I am trying my best at what I do.

There’s something about writing a piece of code and watching these devices do exactly how and what you want it to do that amazes me.

Call it passion, obsession, or a habit of wanting to learn and try new things with new technologies and programming languages. I had my first light bulb moment when playing around with C++, but I finally have found my outlet in mobile app development. This all didn’t happen overnight, it took time of learning, trying new things, and taking risks.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

~ Calvin Coolidge

So let’s start today to put your idea in execution! Keep at it and let me know how it turns out in 5, 10, and 15 years from now. We have to remind people who want it now and quick, that success doesn’t come overnight. Those stories you read about “overnight success” is bullshit! Everybody has an idea that they think is worth a million dollars but no one wants to execute and make it happen. Quit saying your idea is worth something and see how the market reacts to it first. All the talk about raising capital for an idea is great but the guys who can build a business themselves and make it work are what I refer to as entrepreneurs.

James Dyson – Created dyson vacuums, it took 5,127 failed prototypes and 15 years before his overnight success.

Gary Vaynerchuck – turned his families wine business from $3 million to $60 million in 5 years. Awesome dude, hope to meet him one day.

Colonel Sanders – the KFC guy got rejected over 1,000 times for his chicken recipe but still went for it.

So whatever your passion is go for it, don’t let family or friends tell you what to do because they failed in life, do what drives you so that success can find you. Don’t take advice from a quitter. If the person you take advice from never had a business, failed and gave up, or never take risks in life then its probably good idea to ignore it.

Cheers!

workstation

Which is it, are Macs better than PC’s or are PC’s better than Macs? Well that all depends on how you look at it. I grew up as a PC guy since Windows 98. I built a few custom PC’s back in my high school years and loved the freedom to customize it the way I want it, using the software that I want, be it Linux or Windows operating systems.

Fast forward to starting my app business 2012 with only a PC laptop I was set out to make my first app for Android. During the learning curve of using Eclipse IDE editor and Gimp for editing photos I’ve ran into quite a few problems with my PC. These weren’t uncommon to me since I am considered a “power user” meaning my machine gets used daily, hours on end. I had to replace my hard drive once a year, and reformat Windows once every other month it seemed. Blue screen of death was common, especially when running java compilers such as Eclipse. I pushed my machine to its limit every day I could. In doing so, I lost precious time of hours, even 2 days before I could fully reformat, do all Windows updates and install all software needed. While I was used to dealing with down time on a PC I didn’t think any other computer could be better, I mean c’mon, PC’s are better than Macs right?

My apps were published on Android and sales were starting to come in, it wasn’t much but it was something to make me say I’m on to something here. During this time all the talk was about how iPhone’s are better than Android devices. Yes, you guessed it, I was an Android fan as well who knew iPhone’s are not better! Time went by, it wasn’t until around 2013 that I finally went for it, I bought a iMac and an iPad to set out to port my apps. I told myself I’m only using this Mac for programming, nothing else!

Well, I am writing this article in 2016 and have gone through some changes. PC’s are no longer my primary devices, Androids are not either, I’m an hardcore Mac and iPhone user today. The reasons for this is for one reason, and that is how much time it saves me by being reliable and not crash on me every month! Since owning this mac back in 2013 I have only witnessed 2 crashes. For my Windows development PC I still struggle with all the long updates and glitches, its even updating right now as I type up this article. The mac has freed me from the slow unreliability PC’s have. So there you have it! Time is everything. I do however have to give credit for the newer versions of Windows and how much faster they are booting up but that’s about it.

In closing, this article isn’t meant to bash one technology over the other but to help explore and try to open the minds of the denial. For if I never experienced a Mac for myself I wouldn’t of known this. Time is ticking no matter what we do, just make sure your benefiting from using the right tools to push you forward in life.

Cheers!

Back To School

It’s that time of year again where students prepare for back to school! Before you send off the kiddos, make sure they grab a few of these apps to have them be more organized and prepared for school.

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  1. Citation Generator by JG

When it comes to APA format essays, this app is your best friend! Citation Generator creates the in-text citations and references for your APA format essays. It features over 25 sources to choose from, tutorials, and template of an APA format sample document that’s already configured to meet all APA format document requirements.

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  1. Thesis Generator by JG

This app goes hand in hand with APA Citation Generator as it helps speed up your thinking process and get the essay started. Ever get stuck trying to know what to say in your essay or how to start it? Then this is the app for you! It takes in your opinions and spits out a thesis statement, over 9 to choose from with essay outline guidelines. This is a must have for any essay writer!

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  1. MLA Citation Generator by JG

For those pesky MLA format essay requirements, we have MLA Citation Generator! Not all school use MLA format but if they do, make sure to download MLA Citation Generator to help you generate in-text citations and references! Same features as APA Citation Generator with a template sample document to download. Very useful app to have.

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  1. iHomework 2 by Paul Pilone

This app is great at keeping you organized. Track your classes, teachers, and projects. Available on iPhone and Apple Watch. Give it a try, it might be a great solution for you.

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  1. Flashcard Hero by Kitestack Software

The good old days have making flash cards on index cards are long gone. Flashcard Hero let’s you easily create cards and quizzes by syncing between Mac and iPhone.

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  1. WiFi Scanner by AccessAgility

Nice app for the Mac that let’s you scan Wifi signals and can access all kinds of information. This app isn’t just great for trying to find wifi access at school but also for around town such as coffee shops.

  1. My Grades & Homework by Roxanne Brittain

Cool grade tracking app for your iPhone!

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  1. StudyBlue by StudyBlue Inc

This app does it all! Create flash cards, take quizzes, write and view class notes from other students.

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  1. Notability by Ginger Labs

Notes galore! Very cool app that lets you write notes and be creative, check it out!

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  1. Scanner Pro 7 by Riddle

Forget about this big machines that scan your documents, with Scanner Pro 7 you can scan any document and edit the text from your iPhone!

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APA Tutorials

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