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How do you make money with iOS Apps

There are a ton of advices on how to monetize iOS apps, it’s not a big secret these days anymore. Though I am sure while all strategies are sound, your own results may vary. One of the most interesting advice was found through this so called “dollar app report”, by Trey Smith. It was recommended by some other website, and I decided to give it a try. The video on the website looks promising enough, and hey, it’s just a buck! I think I can afford a dollar. So I paid for the report and promptly received it, and it is pretty nicely done! 50 tips, some I’ve heard of already , but still, it’s a very nicely organized report, definitely worth a buck.

Though then, something quite strange happened. I received this DVD labeled “the jump pack story” in my mail, also by Trey Smith. In the beginning I was quite excited to see what this is all about, since the app dollar report is nicely done. However, the more I watch it, the more I feel sick to my stomach. What the heck is this?? Here’s the website to the same story:

This video seems more and more like a gimmicky “work from home” business and make tons of money scheme. It keeps talking about oh, you don’t need much money, you don’t need to know much skills… outsource everything for cheap, and then wahlaa… you get an app. Bleah…. disappointing. Exactly the same type of commercials you see at late night TV… probably someone COULD get rich like this, just like someone will win the lottery and it just not gonna be you…

In anycase, I am going to test out some of these proven strategy. Without revealing all of Trey’s great work for the dollar app report, some of the things I’m going to try is:

  • Add more in app purchase
  • Game Leaderboard
  • Facebook Twitter integration
  • A really kick-ass tutorial for the game
  • Freemium business model

It’ll probably take a month or so to get these features in. I’ll track my progress in later posts.

Almost ready to go to the mattresses

In just a few more days, I will be free! Free from my cubicle, free from my daily commute, free from working for someone else. And of course the pay check stops too… but that’s ok. I have carefully planned this, I know I will be in acceptable financial shape to take a shot as an indie game developer. Since my wife is still working full time, the bills will get paid and we likely won’t get kicked out of our house any time soon. But still it’s a very strange (and wonderful) feeling to be on my own.

As my time as my own boss is coming, I find myself SUPER productive. Starting your own business is a huge amount of pressure. There’s no one else to blame now, no more finger pointing possible. It’s the 4th quarter, the game is on the line, and the ball is in my hands. Of course, it’s a good position to be in, I want to take the shot instead of watching on the side line. Though unlike a final shot in a basketball game, this will be a very very slow shot. I am starting to take the shot now, it’ll be a lot of hardword and sweat, and likely won’t be able to see any results in a few months.

My last day at my day job will be next Friday, and there is still some wrap up work that needs to be done to make sure everything transition nicely. But still, I must admit my heart is already starting to plan for my next steps. There’s some paper work to do to setup the LLC, a lot of prioritization decision for the hundreds of things that I wanted to do, and also a lot of things to learn.

I can hardly contain my excitement! I see myself dribbling, spinning, getting closer and closer to the basket… the game winning shot is coming!