As I briefly hinted about in last month’s income report, today I am launching my 4th iPhone app – “Concealed Carry Laws – 50 State CCW Guide”. I am super excited about this app as I think I did some good research to find a profitable topic. Plus, gun control laws are currently a really hot topic, so I’m looking to ride that wave and hopefully make some money along the way!
What is “Concealed Carry Laws – 50 State CCW Guide”?
This is an app for anyone who is a concealed carry permit holder, or is looking to become one. As you may know, in addition to having federal gun laws, every US state has it’s own as well – some very strict, others very lenient. However this causes a little trouble when someone with a concealed carry permit wants to carry while traveling in a different state. Not all states will recognize every state’s permits and each state has it’s own specific laws about transportation, prohibited areas, etc. that people traveling have to abide by.
All these laws from state to state can get very confusing, so that’s where my app comes in! My app allows users to quickly look up what states recognize their home state’s permit as well as view transportation laws, prohibited areas, open carry laws, and information on obtaining a permit in whatever state they’re traveling in.
April 2013 – Thought of Idea
April 30, 2013 – Posted Elance Job
May 14, 2013 – Hired Developer
May 22, 2013 – First Version Complete – Testing Stage Begins
May 27, 2013 – Final Version Complete
May 29, 2013 – Submitted to Apple
June 4, 2013 – “In Review” by Apple
June 4, 2013 – Rejected by Apple
June 4, 2013 – Revised and Re-Submitted
June 5, 2013 – “In Review” by Apple
June 12, 2013 – Approved by Apple
June 15, 2013 – Release Date
Apple Review Stress
For my other apps, although I had to wait a few days before an Apple reviewer got around to taking a look at my apps, they were all accepted by Apple on the first try. This app however went through a lot more stressful review process. I knew from the start that guns and violence are a sensitive topic, so there was a possibility of rejection from Apple because of this. If this happened, I would be out of $775 (can’t blame the developer for Apple rejecting the idea) and my time spent on this app. However, I knew that there were a few very similar apps available on the App Store so that gave me enough confidence to go with it.
When I submitted the app to Apple the first time, I waited 6 days until it got “in review”, which is about average from what I hear. It then took around 7 hours for Apple to come to a decision – rejection. Luckily, the rejection wasn’t for bad coding or because of the idea, but simply because I didn’t tick a check box when submitted that says this app contains violence. Why didn’t I tick this check box to begin with? Well, the app DOESN’T contain violence…but you gotta do what you gotta do to please Apple I guess.
So I resubmitted the app again, this time ticking the “appropriate” check box. The next day the app went “In Review” which is a LOT faster than normal (however it could be that Apple reviews revised apps faster than new ones). However, I didn’t hear any update after that for awhile. After a full day I was kinda scratching my head as every time I submitted an app it was only in the “In Review” stage for a couple hours. After 2 days I was starting to get worried that something was wrong. Finally, after the 4th day I sent Apple an email asking for an update. They replied the next day saying the review process was in progress and I hadn’t been forgotten – a little bit of a relief. Finally, 2 days later on the 7th day the app was accepted!
Compared to the lengthy process of getting my first app SharePrayer developed, the development process was a breeze for this app! In total, the app cost me $775 to make ($750 for developer, $25 for icon) and took around 1.5 months. I have to credit this to working with a fantastic developer who did a great job on the app!
Do Me a Favor?
If you have a minute, I’d really appreciate it if you could do me a quick favor. As you probably could guess, reviews are a huge factor in what makes people buy an app. They also play a role in the ranking algorithm that determines where the app shows up when people search for different keywords. So if you could please take the time to download my app and leave a 4 or 5 star review I would appreciate it so much! Click here to view it in iTunes.
I’m looking forward to seeing how this app does and sharing it with you later in my June income report! However, just for my Facebook fans and Twitter followers I’ll be sharing my first day’s income from this app TOMORROW! So if we’re not connected on Facebook and Twitter yet, what are you waiting for? 😉