Merry Christmas part 2

Well, I just woke up on the 26th and checked my mail, and it seems I’ve now sold 100 copies of Bingo Card Creator on the dot (since launching the program — not, regrettably, since December 1st).  Yay.  Aside from being great fun and a nice learning experience, thats about $1500 or so that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.  Not a shabby bit of money, as my newly paid-off student loan can attest.

Its not quite New Years yet but I thought I’d go ahead and set some business goals for the New Year:

1)  Release BCC v1.05 sometime in the month of January.  On the list of stuff to accomplish:

  • Fix minor printing niggles when you only have numeric “words” on the card.
  • Add Halloween/Christmas bingo to get ready for next year (low priority).
  • Improve printing of word lists to allow more than 25 words on them (done already on local machine).
  • Give option for advanced users to select printer (done already on local machine).
  • Make sure its Vista compatible.  This will probably involve changing on Windows boxes where I drop the serial key, user name, and timestamp for the last program update.  Oh, and I should move the document folder to My Documents, too.
  • Let people put in column headers (B-I-N-G-O or configurable).
  • Option for headers/footers, at least for single cards on a page.

2)  Retool the website.

  • Improve purchasing.htm so it makes the sales presentation better.
  • Eliminate eSellerate.net.  I have yet to be paid from a single sale from them, due to low volume, and having the option there when no one uses it needlessly complicates things.
  • Create a version (or versions) of the website which broadens the niche a wee bit from teachers.  Most of my search traffic these days is coming in for bingo stuff rather than teaching stuff, might as well oblige them.
  • Resume some content-writing SEO activities.
  • Blog some stuff of use to folks, out of my totally charitable desire to collect free links improve the sum of human knowledge.
  • Spend some time reaquainting myself with Adwords and AdCenter to see if I can’t squeeze a little more juice out of the turnip.  In particular, AdWords is still at $.40-$.45 a conversion and I want to fight that down to $.30 again.

3)  And some financial goals:

  • $1,000 a month in sales by April
  • Yearly sales of $10,000.
  • Maxxing a Roth-IRA from self employment (I am not eligible for any IRA normally as I don’t pay taxes in the US due to the Foreign Earned Income Exemption.  Incidentally, if you are a US taxperson, you run a uISV as a hobby,  and you don’t have an IRA, for the love of all that is holy fix that this year.)
  • Get legal in Japan (I am so NOT looking forward to those forms) and at least one American state.  The Japanese taxman “Oh, thats just a hobby, don’t worry about it” immunity phases out at 1 million yen (at 120 yen to the dollar thats about US$8,300) and I’d like to have stuff squared away by then.  Additionally, a legal entity in the US for my software company will make launching a more amibitious product much easier.
  • A wee bit more robustness from sales when the teaching market isn’t in a buying mood (wait a few days for my December stats, you’ll see what I mean).  In particular, I don’t really want to see income drop to $0 over the summer months (particularly because I have a move coming up in August and won’t be able to save as much from my day job as I usually can).

Other stuff:

  • Locate a new day job by August.  My contract on the current job is expiring and while its been a wonderful three years its time to part ways.  My current thought is employment somewhere in the Nagoya area.
  • Start a new, more ambitious uISV project.  I’ve got a thought for one at the moment but am wondering if the market is big enough (think “consumer finance” and a ticket price, uh, a wee bit above $24.95).
  • Continue search for Ms. Right.
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4 Comments on “Merry Christmas part 2”

  1. jz Says:

    > Continue search for Ms. Right.

    Good luck, but in the mean time cherish your free time which would otherwise be claimed by Ms. Right and the little Rights…

  2. DanB Says:

    OT: Search?

    Hey Patrick, how about a search option on this blog? I’ve seen other wordpress blogs that have it, so maybe it’s an easy thing to add? The blog has gotten pretty big after all. Yeah, I know, I’ll just go google it…

  3. Patrick Says:

    There you go! 2nd to last of the widget toolbar (I know traditionally it would be on the top but I rather like having the link there as teachers come here quite frequently.)

  4. Ellen Says:

    Patrick, if your consumer finance idea is something that does what Quicken/MS Money do but without the bugs, bloat and overcomplication, I’ll buy one the minute it’s released. Or earlier.


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