Indie developer for the Windows Phone Marketplace reveals his 2011 income, and how he got there

Indie developer for the Windows Phone Marketplace reveals his 2011 income, and how he got there
We finally have a developer who is not hush-hush on their experience how much money was made in 2011, and what did the process of making successful apps take. 

Elbert Perez, the developer of Missile Defense, Racer and other popular Windows Phone 7 titles, made his experience for the whole 2011 public, complete with how much money was made during the year.

The grand total was $61,321.58, which seems a pretty decent income for a self-employed developer, but he also revealed the pitfalls - income was very high in some months, and stagnant in others, while he constantly had to adjust the strategy and look for unexplored market niches.

Even in the 50 000 apps-strong Windows Phone Marketplace this is becoming increasingly difficult, so we can imagine what it must feel like developing for iOS and Android Market. 

He says it felt more difficult than just working for a larger company, but more satisfying, with some app experiments failing, but successes bringing great joy - in short, what every small business owner feels like.

You can read the short story at his blog post in the link below, and use it as an inspiration, if the developer path is high on your career agenda.



2. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Good for him. I respect anyone fighting to do what they love, even if he isn't rich. I am willing to bet most independent developers aren't rolling in the huge dollars, even in the Android and iOS markets. My Dad always said the secret to a job is to find something you enjoy and then trick someone into paying you for it. Sounds like Mr. Perez is doing just fine.

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

$61,000 is his gross. I wonder what his expenses were (to get to his net)? Unless he lives in Montana, or some other low expense area, being an App developer for WP doesn't seem to be a path to economic security.

3. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

This may be a side thing for him. I bet he has a full time job and makes apps as a hobby... and a few extra bux.

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