I was a broke student who slept on the floor. All I wanted was to not ask my dad for $80 for rent money each month. That was 2011. I had spent 2 years trying to make websites in Dreamweaver hoping to make some money, but nothing had worked. Then in 2012 I made a form-building plugin and started selling it on a WordPress plugins marketplace I found through a Google search.
I sent this email to the Founder and CEO of this marketplace (not knowing him or his email):
You don’t know me, but I think you’d like to hear my story.
Back in December, 2012, I found CodeCanyon.net through a Google search. I was a 20-year old broke student, living in a Mumbai ghetto, studying to become an accountant, while also working full time as an intern at an accounting firm, 6-days a week, for $50 a month. I was desperate to find a way I could pay my rent without having to ask dad.
I spent a few weeks learning HTML from w3schools, and Tuts tutorials. I made a simple contact form template, and tried to sell it on CodeCanyon. I made my first $4 that day. I spend the next 8 months teaching myself how to code by staying up late at night, working on weekends, and during lunch hours at work. I launched a bunch of plugins on CodeCanyon, and they did well. All I wanted was to pay my monthly rent of $80. I got so much more.
I hated accounting; the company you founded allowed me to drop out of accounting school, and pursue my dream. Today, I am an Elite author on CodeCanyon. I have sold over 12,600 licenses. I also run a SaaS project of my own. I have travelled 12+ countries, and met some of the most amazing people. I did all this at an age when most people are still looking forward to their graduation day. I am 23.
I cannot imagine how my life would have been if I hadn’t found CodeCanyon.
PS: I’m shooting in the dark here. I hope I got the email right ([email protected])
(He responded and we had a nice conversation)
I was on the front page of ProductHunt in 2014, hunted by the founder Ryan. I got interviewed by Courtland here a long time ago. HN crashed my website with traffic. I've hit many milestones and travelled to 25+ countries. I am not saying this to brag because all those things mean very little when I look back at my life for the last 8 years. It's funny that way.
The first $3.5 I made were the sweetest ever. The first time I fell in love. The first time I visited San Francisco. My first autumn, my first snow, and my first mushrooms. The time I discovered yoga, went vegan, and took control of my mental health. Even today, after 8 long years of doing it, I feel happy every time I walk into a coffee shop because a coffee shop is where it started.
The founder - Collis Ta'eed - of that billion $ marketplace I talked about earlier? He sells chocolate now.
I don't know what the lesson here is. It's late at night and I am feeling nostalgic. Don't look at the revenue graph. You are right where you are supposed to be, and I hope it is a place of happiness. Everything else is noise.
PS: Stay away from Nestle kids. Buy ethically sourced chocolate.