Sanding our assholes with 150 grit. Slowly. Lovingly.

bingo card creator --- $1000 a month

+MAX_INT for Mr. Analogy, on almost everything.  (We have a bit of a disagreement as to the level of support which is appropriate to offer.  Its largely driven by the differences in our apps and markets.)

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The uISV of a thousand dollars per month begins with a single, simple release. In fact, the simplest release that's still useful.
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Exactly.  My 1.0 had the absolute minimum needed to work for anybody*, and convinced exactly one person to plunk down $24.95 for it.  Fast forward a year, and 1.51 (greatly improved relative to 1.0 but still not a terribly complex or overwhelming piece of software) just sold a tiddly-smidgeon under $1,000 in a month.

* How minimal?  Well, it was hardcoded to print A-4 sheets on the default printer, because I was pretty sure most folks would be doing that and didn't really know how to efficiently change it to do otherwise.

Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) 
Friday, July 06, 2007
Permalink wow 
July 8th, 2007 7:03pm
http://microisvjournal.wordpress.com/2007/07/07/june-2007-stats/

Sales: $918, Profits: $756
Permalink anon 
July 8th, 2007 8:05pm
That's great that he is getting such a good ROI.

And I am envious that Google advertising in his niche is so inexpensive.
Permalink anoneemouse 
July 8th, 2007 11:51pm
Am I going to be the only a-hole that says that 1k a month is not that much?  It seems like a great effort, but good grief man.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 9th, 2007 12:26am
That's 1K a month less that you have to work at another job. Or 1K more you can put into savings. Sounds good to me.
Permalink son of parnas 
July 9th, 2007 12:29am
1K a month is not that much but a pretty good return for a week's worth of work.
Permalink hello. 
July 9th, 2007 2:05am
Bot, you're not an a-hole, but you are still a douche for Saturdays "SaveTheHubble is smart, discuss" post.

For me it is refreshing to see folks who get excited about $1k/month products. It motivates me to get back to the basics and take my own business more seriously. I feel very stupid about this, but I have let much more successful products die on the vine for no good reason other than the pursuit of leisure.
Permalink anoneemouse 
July 9th, 2007 4:12am
I'm selling a certain product that makes me about $1K per sale.

On an exceptionally good day, I might sell 50.

On an average day, I might sell 1 to 5.

(But, since I'm selling offline, I'm too fucking lazy to sell every day or even most days).

It's interesting to see the guy excited about $1K per month. And yes, he's doing $1K per month better than people doing $0 per month, but I do find amusing that he talks as if he knows it all because he's making a whole $1K per month.
Permalink s 
July 9th, 2007 6:19am
thats _nothing_.

I sell a product worth $100k.

on a good day, I sell 1-2.

on an average day, I sell none.

in a year, I might sell 20-30.


it makes me grin when losers like yourself pontificate on like you know something.
Permalink zestyZucchini 
July 9th, 2007 6:29am
:-) An obvious response.

The difference is, I don't act as if I know it all based on the fact that I've made a small amount of money.

That I admit to being a lazy sod, proves that I don't know it all, and know that I don't know it all.
Permalink s 
July 9th, 2007 6:31am
<shrug> patrick contributes a lot to the JoS forums, but Ive always put that down more to the fact he is a sociable soul than that he thinks he knows everything.

"That I admit to being a lazy sod, proves that I don't know it all, and know that I don't know it all."

nope.  it just proves you are a lazy sod.  you clearly think you know more than patrick, but given that you are a lazy sod I would be willing to bet that you actually dont.

FWIW patrick appears to have spent a lot of time tweaking things and blogging about the results...its been interesting to watch.

you, OTOH, seem to have spent barely the time required to boast and put patrick down as earning an insufficient amount compared to yourself...with the obvious implicit meaning that he must know less than you.

even doing you the gift of assuming you are being truthful about the price and success of your product....a gift you in no way deserve....you still come across as an arrogant, boastful prat.

you want to be considered more credible than someone like patrick?  stop boasting about your success and start posting about what youve learnt.
you dont care about being considered credible?  then stop boasting about your success.
Permalink zestyZucchini 
July 9th, 2007 6:49am
zestyZucchini, you are awesome.

You nailed it right on the head, the part I hate about our Western values where folks inevitably "Whip it out" and line up according to size.

So I am publicly and anonymously confessing right now that the only reason my stupid little software company is mildly successful is that it was struck by lightening once or twice. My wife actually coded all of the hard parts. I often make a complete mess of contract negotiations. My product strategy is a joke, it consists of "throwing enough shit against the wall to see what sticks." I sound like an idiot on the phone.

And so it pains me to hang out with fellow entrepreneur friends who feel like I have some kind of special insight because my dick, err, revenue, was much larger than theirs last year. It's bullcrap. I sure to hell hope lightning strikes my company a few more times, because I really could use a helicopter and a larger yacht, or even a really large yacht with a helicopter on the back, but honestly, I have no friggin clue how to get there aside from continuing to sling feces.

So screw that. This is the first I've seen of this Patrick guy, and I'm impressed that he knows exactly how much he spent last month.
Permalink anoneemouse 
July 9th, 2007 7:53am
Surely the point is that he can now do it again with another similar product and earn another $1,000 a month. He doesn't have to that many times to be doing very nicely
Permalink Billx 
July 9th, 2007 7:58am
actually one of the things that has shocked me about some of the people on JoS is how much time it appears to be taking them to earn amounts of ~1k month.

Ive got two products released and Im not making anywhere near that....but then I tend to focus on writing code and not on marketing...the third product is nearly ready to be released...

if someone who spends as much time on their blog and managing their marketing as patrick is only making $1k then I really am going to have a problem improving my revenue.

currently my plan is a vague hope that one of my products will turn out to be a big hit, used by hundreds of thousands of people and purchased by as many....but Im starting to think I may need to find some other plan to get where I want to be...
Permalink zestyZucchini 
July 9th, 2007 8:03am

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