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Most think a lifestyle business is raking in a ton of money while working only “4 hours” a week.
The truth is it is a way of being and a way of feeling more than anything. A life full of choices and opportunities where you’re truly living on your own terms. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and a true lifestyle business usually is not.
For many, a lifestyle business simply means being able to work for themselves and make enough to enjoy life. Whether that looks like $40K a year or $400K, it’s about taking your life back. It’s the emphasis on putting the “lifestyle” into your business.
You do things you want to do because you want to do them. Working hard and doing what you want are not mutually exclusive.
You travel where you want to go, because you want to go there. Or stay in place because all you want is more time around friends and family.
You decide what your day looks like because you’re the boss and you make the decisions. You are no longer tied to the stress of your employer or the office politics of your coworkers. Your business depends on you. When something isn’t going right, there’s no one to answer to but yourself.
You are not a “9 to 5.” Maybe you’re a 12am – 5am, maybe you’re a 8am – 12pm. Maybe you will still work 9 to 5 because YOU want to. Your life and your business is not restricted to social constructs. You’re able to build your business around what’s best for you, and when you play to your strengths rather than fighting your nature, you’ll be happier and more productive. You are constantly growing, experiencing, learning, and living.
Think about it like this (and if you’re an over-achiever draw this out)…
Lucky for us, success leaves clues, which means you can forge your own path by learning from other entrepreneurs. It’s not just about emulating the Cubans or the Bransons, it’s just as important to see how “regular” people with a passion created their dream life.
Today, we have one of our AE members who we’d like to share their success story with you. Justin Malik has been an AE member since 2013, which ultimately led to Justin leaving his job as an analyst and becoming a full-time app developer. Justin was able to sell a small portfolio of apps for $25,000, and since has produced over 20+ apps making $40K in net revenue with over half a million downloads. Justin and his partner, Lee, regularly help fellow appreneurs on their road to success over on their blog MoneyfromApps.com.
Q: Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with our community, Justin! Walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did? Next?
With Apple’s newest announcements yesterday, you can expect some exciting changes in the next couple months. Surprisingly for the first time the iPhone wasn’t the center of the announcements. With Apple’s release of the Watch (not iWatch as we all assumed and will continue to call it anyways), they delved into a new product category for the first time since the iPad release in 2010.
Remember as a developer it’s crucial to stay informed and ahead on any feature or product changes – and Apple just released a ton! Below we’ve outlined some of the most exciting changes happening and how you should be looking at it:
— This is a guest post by Cliff Viegas, owner of Kerofrog, a mobile app development company dedicated to quality iOS apps and design. —
What I mean by this is creating an experience that is pleasurable, easy and makes sense, and will have users coming back for more.
But I’m not a designer, I don’t know anything about UI or UX!?”
The good news is you don’t have to become a designer, but having a base understanding of what makes good UI will make you and your team move much faster and create better apps:
A big, and common, mistake appreneurs tend to make is hiring the wrong developers. This honestly happens to both experienced and novice appreneurs. It’s part of owning your own business. But what happens when you can’t find a good hire? When every one you work with is failing and you continue to miss “red flags.”
Well, my friend, sometimes you’re the problem. Poor management and communication can cause a horrible experience even with a great developer or designer.
The good news? You don’t have to fire yourself – you can fix yourself!
People like a lot of definitives when it comes to advice. What is the MOST important thing I should do? What are the TOP mistakes not to make? What is THE best strategy on marketing my app? So I tried to sit down and think what is the ONE thing I can tell people about their apps…but I think that would be oversimplifying your businesses. And as many of you know, there are many pieces of the app puzzle. Instead I’ve broke it down to the BIGGEST mistakes to avoid during the first stage of your app building.
It’s incredible how many students have come back to me after breaking past a plateau or reaching another milestone and told me this is the one lesson that saved their business. Of course their hustle and badass determination was a huge part, but this lesson alone has made or break an app’s success.
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