Back in 2011 things were not going well for me financially.
I had been trying to make a living online for more than eight long years but my success had been very hit and miss.
With hundreds of affiliate sites under my belt, tens of thousands of backlinks, hundreds of articles, countless videos, etc I had put in the hard work.
I should have been celebrating my success.
But I wasn’t.
I was living hand to mouth where the first and last thought every day was, “Am I going to run out of money this month…”
It wasn’t that I was totally failing.
I was making sales and money was coming in but no where near the amount I needed.
You see, my wife suffers from several medical conditions that make working nearly impossible for her so its up to me and me alone to support my family.
I knew without a doubt that the stress of living month to month was killing me (and my marriage) so I started to look for a different path than what everyone was teaching at the time (which was direct linking to affiliate offers).
I pushed my pride aside and placed a phone call to my younger brother.
I asked him if I could borrow $10,000 to pay for a mentor to help me put the pieces together.
After giving him some time to think it over the phone finally rang.
It was my brother calling to tell me he had taken money out of his investment accounts so he could lend me the $10k I desperately needed.
Within hours I had hired the mentor I needed.
That choice, to hire a mentor, changed EVERYTHING for me.
Somewhere during the next couple of weeks after listening to me drone on about all of the challenges I was facing with the traditional info product route, he said to me:
“James, you should do software!”
I had never even thought of software as a possibility.
After all, I’d always heard software was extremely complicated and expensive to create.
Here I was with barely a pot to piss in; how was I supposed to afford the development costs?!?
Well, as it turned out software was far less expensive than I’d been led to believe.
On July 28th, 2011 around 4:00pm I launched my first ever software – TubeSpy.
By July 31st, I had crossed $49,102.65 in sales.
By August 28th, 2011 – JUST 30 days later – I had nearly doubled that amount.
So, how the heck did I do it?
Before I could create my own software I first had to come up with an idea for software to create.
I took a look at various marketplaces to find out what kind of software products were doing well.
It didn’t take long to see that video marketing was really hot, more specifically Youtube marketing.
There were several different pieces of software selling from as low as $7 all the way up to $997.
Because I really didn’t know anything about software I had no way of knowing what features were hard to re-create and which ones were easy.
I decided the best thing I could do was just make a list of all the stuff I liked and see what a developer had to say.
I posted my (very poorly written) job post on RentACoder.com.
(This site no longer exists but there are all sorts of freelance sites out there such as Upwork.com, Freelancer.com, OnlineJobs.ph, etc.)
I began interviewing various developers.
There were a lot of screwballs putting in insane bids.
I was discouraged and wasn’t quite sure how to proceed when suddenly a bid came in for $650.
After talking with the developer I decided to give him a chance.
$650 was a lot of money to me at the time but I figured it was do or die time.
Just 9 days later my software was finished and ready to launch into the world.
Because I was so new at the time I didn’t have any affiliates lined up or really know anyone with a big list. Instead I decided to partner with someone to launch the product therefore leveraging their reputation.
Yes, I had to give them 50% but the way I saw it, 50% of a good launch was better than 100% of a bad one.
It Can’t Be That Easy!
Well my friend, you’re wrong.
Not only can it be, but it is.
I was winging it and hoping for the best and still did pretty well my first time out.
All that being said, I understand that your first time can be a bit intimidating which is why we created a stand alone coaching program called Simple Software System.
Obviously, as the name implies, the entire program is designed to teach you how to create and sell simple pieces of software.
When I say simple I mean software that can be created within 30-60 days; I don’t mean junk.
95% of the software I’ve ever created falls into the “simple” category – the sole exception being the affiliate network I cofounded.
For more information about Simple Software System click the button below to apply and see if you’re the right fit for the program.