Not to long ago I was at Easton Towne Center, a upper-scale shopping center in Columbus, Ohio, when a kid in his early twenties drove by in a brand newLamborghini. Some teens on the sidewalk started cackling at him and throwing their hands up while yelling things like “Take your daddies car back home.” and “Must be nice to have daddies ride for the night.” The kid inside the car may not have even noticed they were yelling at him, but I stood there in amazement with a smile on my face, secretly congratulating the kid in the car and said …
“You know we live in one of the top technology capitals in the United States and it’s very likely that kid made millions selling you the apps you all have on your smart phones.”
Most of their mouths dropped open and some obscenities came out before they walked away, heads down (I love body language).
The truth is that kids as young as 9 years old and retirees as old as 89 have developer IDs through Apple. I can’t tell you the number of articles I have read about Apps that made people appmillionaires, but that isn’t where it ends. Let’s talk about books, especially Kindle books which can be downloaded on Apple devices, the Kindle ereader, etc. While there are a lot of people making killing with Apps, mobile reading is ranked #2 and there are some people who work a couple hours a day to write a book that can be published for free (or close to it) and happily rake in the rewards for a book they wrote 6 months ago. Do people really make 5, 6 or even 7 figures a month from the apps and ereader books they created. You bet your britches. There are also some guys, like the writer of the book I am currently reading, who makes 7 figures from his iphone managing his app business and then put his story and methods into an ereader book and double dipped. Ka-CHING!
Before you start telling yourself you can’t do it, I want to ask you why it isn’t worth a try. I mean, a nine-year-old did it. You don’t have to have a ton of cash laying around and you can outsource almost everything to freelancers who already know the system. The author of the book I am currently reading admits that he has never uploaded or updated any of this apps to Apple. It’s all been his programmers.
As for me … I am heading over to Elance. While I don’t have the time to take on any new adventures, I am going to dig around and see if there are programmers on Elance who can build and are trustworthy. It never hurts to take the ideas in your head and put them into action, even if you’re just testing the waters.