Thursday, April 18, 2013

February/March 2013 Profits

Hello - my latest stats are below. Remember, the amount now shown is AFTER Google take their cut, and so are a lot lower than before.

My primary goals are still the same though, the next being to earn $50 in a single month:

February: $23

March: $18

I have placed my goals below again so you can read through if you are interested:

  1. Earn over $1 in a single day. ACHIEVED
  2. Earn $10 dollars in a single month (approx 33c per day) ACHIEVED $16.26 - mostly from sales of Computer and IT Quiz Pro
  3. Earn $30 dollars in a single month ACHIEVED
  4. Earn $50 dollars in a single month.
  5. Earn $100 in a single month.
  6. Earn $500 in a month.
  7. Earn $50 a day/$1500 in a month.
  8. Leave full time employment.

Chasing the dream - making a living with Android App profits

For some time now I have been working towards my dream of earning enough money, with my Android apps, to live off the profits (or at least drastically reduce my working hours, and get out of the rat race).

I am still working (very hard) to reach this goal, spending as much time as possible developing my skills and also working on the apps that I am hoping will make my dream a reality.

I do have a date by which I would like to reach (or get close to) my goal... December this year (2013). As I stated in one of my first posts, I wanted to be earning some decent money by the time I turned thirty. It is now April, so I still have eight months left to reach my goal. I reckon it's very possible.

I am trying to develop myself in as many ways possible in my spare time (when I'm not developing the apps!), particularly topping up my knowledge of Java, the foundation of Android development. Continuing to learn like this improves my coding efficiency and maintainability (it stops me using workarounds which cause problems in the future!), and it's always great to learn extra things you miss out the first time you learn a new skill.

A little advice I can offer to anyone who has the same goals as me, and is worried about motivation:

  • Never think you can't do it - everyone has it in them to earn money creating apps.
  • Have patience - sometime results take a long time to show - keep working away and eventually you will be rewarded.
  • Do the best you can do - don't give up and release something worse because you couldn't be bothered doing it better.
  • Test everything thoroughly. Test it again. Then get someone else to test it :)
  • Keep developing your apps, and your own skills.

So, keep up the good work, or if you haven't started yet, I wish you the best of luck with your ideas.


Friday, April 5, 2013

The costs of Android development for a full time career

You most likely landed on this page as you are trying to achieve a similar goal to me; a full time career, from home, working for yourself, developing Android apps. Or perhaps you are just playing with the idea. Either way, you should find this post of interest.
I want to share with you some data on the amount of time I myself put into development at present on the way to achieving that elusive dream.
Consider this - I work full time in a job that is an hours drive away from home, and I have a fiancee whom I spend four or five nights a week with (as well as my days off). After getting home from work on the days I am alone, I eat my tea and am usually done by 6:30 or so. I don't like to work too late as I squeeze in a morning walk so am up at 5:30 in the morning, so on average I have four hours on my free days to spend worming towards my goal. Usually I have two free evenings per week, summing 8 hours of development time per week.
Not a lot really is it? OK, it does soak up my spare time like a dry sponge, but my hopes of leaving the rat race are too high, and I am happy to spend my time learning and programming, and I am determined that I will reach my goal.
I'm sure others have a much more packed development schedule that mine - please comment and let us know!