My August 2014 Income Report

September 12, 2014 in Income Reports

Monthly Income ReportThere was not a lot going on it August as far as creating new income generating assets, however, I did hit another new record last month! August was another 4-figure income month and I’m hoping it stays that way from now on. After about 5 years of exploring various methods of online business, I think I have finally found the areas I will continue to pursue. One of them is definitely app reskinning. I have reskinned my 9th app so far and I’d have to say it is one of the things I enjoy the most when it comes to my business. It takes a long time for me reskin an app but the process is fully satisfying for me. If you’ve considered app development, reskinning is definitely the way to get started!

When reskinning apps, I get to use my favorite tool, Photoshop… and it allows me to stretch my creativity. By day, I’m a professional video producer but when it comes to reskinning apps, I find that I go through very similar processes whether I’m making apps or videos. Both have incredible opportunities for me to try new styles of artwork and animation. In fact, video producing is also a part of the app development process. I just created a promo video for one of my most successful apps called Ghost Camera. And with Halloween coming up, I needed some more marketing power to get my app noticed. Check out the video:

A New Problem – But a Good One

When I was submitting one of my latest apps, I ran into a problem I hadn’t encountered before. While generating the build and validating my app, Xcode flagged an error in my app. When an error pops up, Apple will not accept your app. The perplexing thing about this is that this particular error has always shown up as a warning in the past (you can still upload with warnings). However, the week before iPhone 6 was announced, Apple had revamped their iTunes Connect website and required developers to update Xcode to 5.1.1. After I updated, that’s when the error popped up.

This is bad and good at the same time. At first, I was very frustrated. Whenever I run into things I can’t fix myself, my thoughts immediately become thoughts like “I need to quit building apps”. But I decided to not think about this problem for a couple of days and let my mind settle. Then I went on to new thoughts like “What are my options and how can I solve this problem and move on?”. So I Googled the problem and continued to try and validate my app but the warning kept popping up.

So I decided it is finally time to get a “real” developer to help me out with this. I believe this to be a good problem because I don’t plan on reskinning apps myself for much longer. I need someone else to do it faster than I can. So I went on Elance and posted a job to find someone to fix my app. I think the first day I got 10 responses. My budget range was $40-$50 but I am most likely to pick a guy from Pakistan for $38 that says he has experienced this problem and can fix it.

Without going into too many technical details, I kinda knew what the possible problem was so was thinking it wouldn’t take an experienced programmer much time to fix it. Lately, when I look at the income that can be generated from apps, it makes sense to hire programmers to do the work for me and scale the app development side of my business. When you read the income report, you’ll see a big jump in app revenues plus my apps make up for about half of my online income now.

What’s Next?

There are still 4 months left in 2014 and I plan on creating as many apps as I can until the December shut down of the app store. That’s a period where Apple won’t allow uploads of any new apps at the end of the year. I have several more ideas I’m going to use for new apps so we’ll see how productive I am from now to the end of the year. That’s all I have for this month. Here’s the Income Report.

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My August 2013 Income Report

September 7, 2013 in Goals, Income Reports

Welcome to my August 2013 income report! This is where I total up how much I earn each month through my various online projects. I post my income reports here to keep track of my progress so I can look back and see how I’m doing on the goals I’ve set for myself this year.

Another Amazing Month!

I was a bit worried that my August earnings was going to take a bit of a nose dive! But after looking at everything, I’m quite satisfied with my totals. In fact, I’m really amazed at the final total considering I did nothing in August to add new income to my portfolio. That’s partly because I took a one week vacation to Cannon Beach, Oregon right at the beginning of the month and after that, I hit a spell of laziness. But how could I get my head back into work after being around scenery like this?

Cannon Beach sunset

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

That photo was from the first night I was there. Now that I’m back, I’m a little disappointed that I just kinda let August go by without doing any work on my business. After all, I made it a point to complete one major project each month that could potentially add to my monthly income. I stuck to that goal until August. But now, I’m ready to start on one of my bigger goals for this year and that’s the one where I build my first iPhone/iPad app.

As a preparation step to my first app, I created a Udemy course called How to Create Top Ranking Mobile App Icons. It’s for app developers and graphic designers and includes a several Photoshop templates to make it easy to create great looking icons. With these templates, anyone can make a great looking icon in about 5 minutes. Keep reading for a special coupon to get 50% off the course! Read the rest of this entry →