Lightly edited question from a reader -
i'm working on iphone apps whilst in my day job, until the income from that can replace my day job, then i can resign and start a business where i'll make ipad apps for [small business], and one day hope to take that to [large businesses] where i'd love to slash the red-tape bureaucratic burden, and make things better.
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I'd recommend you write a letter outlining your iPad services idea, and send it to 100 [people in that particular industry] you respect. Offer to do the first one for relatively cheap, perhaps $10k USD, half upfront, half on completion. Be willing to outsource/pay well and make almost no margin on the first one just to do it. And then you'll be in the business you want. Waiting is so, so linear.
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I hate linear thinking. I mean that with no disrespect. But the world is so linear, and doesn't have to be. If you want to make doctor's apps, start pitching doctors right now. There's really no good reason to wait, if you're sure you care about it and like the work.
Sebastian - please feel free to share my info with your reader. I share their passion and would welcome inclusion on your recommended list of 100 prospects. Keep up the great work!
Edit: I gave up on financial goals in late 2011 after some huge financial and artistic wins... money shouldn't be taken too seriously. For the record, they were all basically on track, some were being massively exceeded, others were a bit behind schedule, but were all happening.
I set my next 10 years of financial goals on June 28th. That was exactly a month ago.
1 year - Critical Thinking [my first book] out. Blog income trickling. Some info products. Some freelancing. Something else, some X-Factor thing bringing in cash. Net monthly income positive. Health insurance. $50,000 in the bank. Expenses = income per month minimum.
3 years - 3 to 5 books out, many products out, blog income robust, some working on big exciting deals. $10,000 per month total, $5000 passive at least. First property owned. $300,000 in the bank.
5 years - 7-10 books out, many many products out, many passive income internet properties, working on big exciting things, $50,000 per month total, $40,000 passive at least. $1,000,000 in the bank.
Back in January of 2010, my co-founders Sean, Isaac and I created one of the first mobile app creation platforms, AppMakr.
At the time, we had a thriving mobile app consulting business called PointAbout, and we were building high-end (and expensive) apps for large brands. Our team made the iPhone app for The Washington Post and Cars.com. We built the Newsweek iPad app and an iPad app for Disney, along with apps for clients like General Motors, US Army, the Entertainment Software Rating Board and others.
Making custom apps was really expensive -- especially in those early days. We had a dream of democratizing app creation so it was accessible to anyone. From that idea, AppMakr was born.
The day before we launched AppMakr, our team took bets on how many apps would be made in AppMakr's first month. Some people guessed 10, others 100. We had no idea what were about to unleash: In AppMakr's first 3 months, users made many thousands of apps. We had to scramble to support the growth. We even got angry calls from Apple's app review team who were overwhelmed by the number of apps being submitted; that's how our App Quality Index came to be, as a way to turn their frown upside down.