My app, Designated Driver, has been out for a couple months now. It is doing really well. I have gotten good reviews about it and a few articles have even been written about it! There were a couple bugs starting out, like it was impossible to close out of the app, so I had to fix that. This week my team and I are working on translating the app to other languages so it can be used in different countries. The download rate is continuing to go up and it’s pretty consistent. I don’t want to walk away from my desk job just yet though as I know that this income isn’t permanent.
I got some negative feedback about the app which crushed me. It took me a while to swallow the advice but eventually I came around and now the app is even better. I have been told a lot of negative things about it but I’m taking it as constructive criticism. The negative feedback has actually been the most productive so while I hid from it at first, I now welcome it. It’s honest and it helps me make the app better. One negative comment I got was that it was designed like a toddler app. So I changed the font and went with less vibrant colors. It now looks like a professional app in a grey color palette. Much better than the preschool version.
I am really excited because we are officially in the works of version 2. So far, it’s going to be voice activated and connect to a breathalyzer (e-Breath) that attaches to the phone. e-Breath has been out for about six months but the developer didn’t really have a knack of app developing, so the product has just grown stale on the shelves. With my app, both products can be sold side-by-side, each complimenting the other. We had to make some changes to e-Breath however, like it now comes in a carrying case and it can be dismantled and cleaned easier than before. I am so excited about this new version of the Designated Driver, I can’t wait to release it.
Even more exciting than the app is that I have decided to create a business and continue making apps. My business is called Help-App because I want to continue making apps that help people and save lives. I have three apps in development so far. One is an app for the emergency phone number. It connects to the emergency line and allows you to text for help as well as send pictures. This would be helpful if you can’t talk on the phone or you need photo evidence. Another idea I’m playing with is something to do with CPR but I’m not sure what exactly it would do. Everything is going very well but I think the time might be approaching for me to quit my job as I now work long into the evening on the apps to then turn around and go to my day job the next day. It can be exhausting.
I think I’m going to wait until I release a few more apps before I quit my job. I want to be sure that my income is relatively stable before leaving. I think it will be though as by the time Designated Driver bottoms out, I will have a few apps ready to be sold in it’s place. I’ve also learned a lot about the app making business. Before, I had to have a developer make Designated Driver however I have now taught myself how to develop apps so the next few apps were actually all made by me. It was a good idea to cut out the middleman. It saved me a lot of money and I can make it just how I want it. I can’t wait to leave my desk job though. I dream about it every day. I want to travel the world and I am so close to being able to do that.
I’ve learned a lot in this process. One lesson that I’ve learned is to wear pants at all times. One evening, I was having a video conference call with one of my programmers. I was lazy, it was a Friday evening. I got home from work and got comfortable before getting ready for the video conference call. Once I sat down and we started talking, I got caught up in the conversation. I was so excited to talk about my ideas and plans. Then, I realized I had left my notebook in the kitchen so I stood up to go get it. You should have heard the programmer gasp. There was a moment of silence between us. I looked down and remembered that I had no pants on. And everything was up close on the screen. It was the single most embarrassing moment of my life. I work with that programmer a lot but we don’t speak of “the incident”. I have learned a lot in this app making business but the most valuable lesson I have learned is that you should always wear pants.