Congratulations on your first sale.
Last month I sold my first piece of software online and I literally woke my wife up to tell her. I also sell guns and gun accessories. Last night, a customer purchased $1100 worth of products. In an industry with tough and large competition, we somehow convinced him through our website to give us $1100 of his money. Two years later and my business partner and I still send each other texts when an order comes through.
It's such an amazing feeling.
Again, congratulations on your first sale and I hope many more to come for you.
I know nothing about your business, and I wish you all the luck in the world, just wanted to warn you. Congratulations for your work ! (and your energy :) ! )
BTW, nice gun site too!
May I make a suggestion? Start keeping a diary. Nothing big, nothing fancy, just notes about things like this. If you become an entrepreneur full-time you'll want to go back and read about days like this.
Seriously though, it would be awesome if you all of a sudden you had a surge of sales and your computer made as much noise as a slot machine hitting a jackpot.
There are 5 transaction types and I use a slot machine, cash register, bells, and crowd cheering noises.
Got the idea from this movie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1251757/
So I thought about it and decided to dig in for some keywords and create even more pages. If I only have 20 lenses like that, it would make me $100 a month. Not that much, but nice money to pay my Internet, phone and SaaS bills.
I'm writing this comment to tell you that I feel your happiness. Although it's a very small and tiny amount of money, you are very happy. I know it, because I'm feeling it right now.
May be it's the effect of money that comes from selling products and not working under a boss. Already felt it when selling scripts on CodeCanyon.
Nice work and now improve and promote more your product!
I think it is more of an affirmation thing. It was for me first time I was paid for a product all those years ago. It was originally written (quite naively and so badly in many ways, but it worked!) because I needed it so it didn't have to make money: but when it did it felt very good because someone else thought that my work was worth paying a little for.
I made my first sale a year and a half ago, and recently increased the sales so that I could go full time. Maybe I should've followed my own advice and posted it on HN: http://www.elstensoftware.com/blog/2011/01/21/going-fulltime...
Feels VERY good!
I just started last month too, and my first batch of customers with recurring payments are about to recur tomorrow. I'm both incredibly excited and worried (no one unsubscribed yet).
There is no greater motivator than seeing that first sale or first deal come through the door. I've been lucky enough to have that feeling with two companies now - and it never gets old or tired.
I love the comments about waking/emailing PayPal receipts to wives. I did the same thing. I still do when I good sized deals come through. As leftnode said - that's the high of being an entrepreneur.
Congratulations on the sale. Hopefully it will be the first of many. It's a really good idea - I've forwarded it on to a few friends in PR and marketing agencies. Hopefully at least one or two of them will send $12 your way before long...
I demand a "first sale party" on behalf of those of us who aren't YC funded. :)
i bought a domain more than a year ago, been doing development ever since but progressing very slow (it's a solo project and i have a full time job). last month renewal notice showed up and made me think, "wow, it's been a year, and it's still in my laptop."
now it has been launched. and last week i got my first paying customer. i literally cried and jumping around in excitement, and immediately gtalked my girlfriend. very stupid considering it's less than $10, but it gave proof that "my idea works" (it's just an e-commerce for Indonesia market).
anyway, nice work and always positive minded :)
Thats how a felt. Please post the link
wow.. its amazing how many of us share this feeling about the first sale
every sale actually. congrats
I'm still slightly bemused by it myself :)
I am thinking of working on the UI and the positioning a bit more.
Could you add an option to keep to the current tab when following a link, rather than opening a new one? While this isn't as annoying as it used to be when it actually opened a new browser session, it is still a little annoying when you go to hit the back button and it doesn't work.
Congrats on the sale, best of luck and keep up the good work.