Have you ever wondered if you could earn some extra money by making apps? Are you currently making apps and would like to compare notes about what works and what doesn’t. Maybe you just like reading other sites income reports.
Either way, MyAppIncome is a “warts and all” record of my attempt to create a second income stream by making and selling mobile apps.
From 2001 till the end of 2016 I was working full-time, as a software engineer, but not really enjoying my job. It was the typical problem of getting promoted and then spending less and less time doing the thing that got me the promotion. This site was created out of that lack of enjoyment and wanting to gain control. http://myappincome.co.uk/why-this-site-exists/ has some more background if you’re interested.
Despite this site raising my morale, I decided enough was enough, so from 2017 I branched out on my own. I’m now working as a C# contractor and am really enjoying it. So far, the extra control of being able to chose the work I take on is working out fantastically.
Throughout my career, my main programming language has changed. I started off with C, then moved to Java but have been solely using C# since about 2000. The vast majority of my time has been spent working on backend systems. I started some front end work when ASP.NET MVC 4 came out in mid 2012, but have never worked in the mobile app space.
That’s going to change if I stick to the plan.
The Plan – 2016 to 2017
In the book “Think and Grow Rich” Napolean Hill lists 6 steps for turning a desire into reality:
- Fix in your mind an exact amount of money
- Determine what you intend to give in return
- Establish a definite date as a deadline
- Create a definitive plan
- Write out the above in a concise statement
- Read the statement from 5 aloud twice daily
I’m paraphrasing a little and probably won’t be doing step 6 consistently, but my steps are:
- Earn an extra £10/month 3 months in a row
- Share as much as I can about what I learn online
- 1st June 2017
- This site and the things it produces
- “By June 2017 I want to be earning an extra £10 a month from myappincome”
Why “Warts And All”?
First, like I suspect most people do, I procrastinate too much, so I’m hoping that making this public will keep me accountable to myself and help me keep going.
Secondly, I’m hoping someone somewhere will find this site useful. Perhaps it will help someone find the courage to try something stupid themselves or put someone off as the income part fails miserably, I don’t know. If you do find it useful, please let me know in the comments below.
I’m sure there are lots of people considering creating mobile apps. Some will be doing it for the learning experience, some will be doing it to build career capital and others will be looking to quit their job.
If you’re one of them, obviously my experience won’t be identical to yours, but I hope the information I share will help you make the right decision for you.