September 12, 2014 in Income Reports
There 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.
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.