I recently published the Blender Python Cheatsheet on Gumroad a couple of days ago. In three pages, it is a collection of most frequently used functions and solutions to common problems you will encounter when writing scripts, macros or addons using the Blender API. I released it for free and I did not intend to charge anything for it. To my surprise, the free downloads went up to a hundred in a few hours.
I have the Gumroad app on my phone, so it kept sending me notifications for every download. I turned off notifications for Free Downloads, because I got so distracted that I could not work. But, five minutes later, I received another notification. I thought Gumroad had a bug that keeps sending notifications regardless of my account preferences. But surprisingly, it was a sale – for $1.
Now, this one dollar may not be much, but it is my first dollar online – literally.
So far, the cheatsheet got downloaded 360+ times and I have made a total of $19 from 7 people. Money aside, this is one of the most wonderful feelings I have had in my life in a while. And, the best part is, it didn’t take me much to do this. All I did was:
Looked through my previous scripts and compiled a list of solutions to hurdles I faced regularly.
Made it into a neat looking cheatsheet using Notion, Figma and Carbon.
And that’s it! That’s all it took me to make my first dollar online when I didn’t even intend to. 😅 I went from idea to first customer in just 2 days. If this is possible with such simple efforts, I can’t imagine what all of us can achieve with deliberate and consistent efforts.
MY FIRST DOLLAR ONLINE 💵— Salai Vedha Viradhan (@salaivv) March 12, 2023
I made my first few dollars online yesterday. 😃
I made a cheatsheet for Blender's Python API and released it on @gumroad for free. I did not intend to charge anything.
Out of the 200+ downloads I got, 3 people chose to pay for it.
I am now feeling more inspired and confident than ever that I can do this for a living. I can’t wait to share the many other things I am exploring and working on at the moment and see where it goes.
That’s it for now. 🙌
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Thank you all!
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