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.

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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indie app developer

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!

Cheers!

 

 

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