In this article, I would like to share with you some information about us, our company and our plans for the future.
My name is Oksana, I am Ukrainian and I live in France. I started to learn programming in October 2018 for the first time in my life. Before, I was studying economics at the university and I did not know what to do after graduation. During my academic studies, I met Maxence.
Maxence is now my husband. He dreamt about starting his own business since childhood. He started coding at the age of 14 and founded his first company at the age of 15. It was a video game hosting company that he created with his friend. The company unfortunately closed because they did not have enough time to maintain it. If you want to know why Maxence decided to be an independent software engineer, I invite you to read his article on Medium.
Maxence and I created our company Appsent at the end of December 2018. Since then, we have built 3 projects: Gaspal, Crosspost and upload.express.
Gaspal is an application that helps you find the cheapest gas stations in France, Spain and Italy. Every day, about 400 people use Gaspal. Most of them are French, but we also have a Spanish and Italian minority. It is a free application with in-app purchases. We make money with ads and purchases. Each month we earn around $70 with it. Maxence did all the development of the mobile application, I did design for it. I also developed the web application.
Crosspost is a service that schedules and crossposts messages on your social networks in different languages. We started this project in January and completed the first version in March. Our first version was not good enough and we were tired of working on it, so we moved on to another project - upload.express. From the end of May to July, we worked on a new version of Crosspost. We are almost done, we will be ready to sell it at the end of August.
upload.express is a file sharing service. Upload.express currently has about 60-70 users every day. Most of them come from Asia. We worked on upload.express from April to May. We have some ideas to improve this service, which we will implement very soon.
For the time being, our projects do not give us enough revenue to live on, so we have to take other people's projects. To get money, Maxence works on the client's projects on his own. From September, we decided to take over the client's project as a company so I will also participate.
Our goals for September - December:
- Find the first client for our freelance work. How we will do this? Create our company's website and buy ads on LinkedIn and Google.
- Find the first clients for Crosspost. How we will do this? Fix bugs and advertise on Facebook.
- Work on personal branding. How we will do this? Write articles and tutorials on Maker Bubble, grow the Twitter community, make youtube videos.
- Increase the number of users on Gaspal. How we will do this? Blog posts, advertising.
Here we are. I have decided to write an article every 3-4 months on our progress, our revenues, the lessons we have learnt and our goals for the next 3 months. It will help us stay motivated and see our own progress. If you are interested in our journey, subscribe to our newsletter.