How to Become an Appreneur

Wikipedia defines an Appreneur as “an entrepreneur who works in the mobile device application industry”.  It also states “the first attribute is that being an appreneur is extremely niche specific. While entrepreneurs span all markets, industries and business models, appreneurs are 100% focused on the app industry”.  I had never heard of it, but it makes sense, because there is already so many mashup titles, like Solopreneur, for example.

To title yourself as an Appreneur, implies that it’s all you do.  In my opinion, it also implies that you have the entrepreneurial spirit.  This is good, because when you’re looking for an app, you would probably first look at those who are experts in app development.  I generally don’t like the idea of pigeon-holing myself into one niche, though, because while I’m skilled at app development, my skills span in so many different directions.  It doesn’t hurt to add the title, though, right??

If you are starting off with a technical background, looking to get into the app world but don’t have the skills yet, you could title yourself as an Appreneur within a short timespan.  In fact I stumbled upon this book on Amazon: Appreneurship:

Build A Mobile App Business With No Technical Background

I’ve seen first hand how mobile development has transformed from requiring knowledge of XCode and Java to build separate iOS and Android mobile apps, to simply having web development skills that works on both platforms.  It truly is amazing how the learning curve has dropped to a hill, rather than a mountain.

If the idea of becoming an Appreneur interests you, I would love to help.  Please signup for my newsletter and also use the contact form to reach out to me.  I can help sort through this, if you have web development skills and would like to dive into mobile development.


Overcoming the thought of quitting

I acquired my pilots license to fly single engine aircraft in my recent past. I came upon the idea that it was actually possible to do this, while my cousin started his pilot journey. Me being in my 40’s, I viewed it as a great life skill that I could actually afford to do. I wanted to enjoy the journey, so my only thought was that I would awesome to have more options of travel, if I had my private pilots license (PPL). This quickly turned into motivation when I realized what I had unknowingly started. I had started down a journey that I alone decided to do. And it was I alone that was responsible for it’s success or failure. I made a commitment and I was determined to see it through. The only thing I did was consult with my wife on if she would support me if I decided to pursue this. Once she signed off, it made deciding much easier.

Deciding and commiting on such a huge decision, is not something I am accustom to doing everyday. And usually those huge decisions are made with others in mind. Marriage and kids fall into this category. This one, though, is one that only I could own…one that I would have to be solely responsible for succeeding or failing at. And also with its share of risk, for obvious reasons. As a child of 4 (and being the youngest), I often had others to look up to and guide me. To this day, I generally get a populus concensus before making a big decision. I’ve never considered myself the leader type, although my wife has taught me how to become more of one. Flying a plane, though, required me to be a leader (pilot in command) and forced me to make decisions that affected myself and others.

It’s been a few years since that journey, and I was thinking today about how it really felt to be under the hood. Putting myself back in those shoes is rough. The pressure was overwheling at times, because I invested so much time, energy, and money in it. I wasn’t a “natural” at flying, so the learning curve felt like a mountain. I failed a few times, both on the oral exam and the flying portion. Each time I felt like giving up, but knowing how much I’ve invested, giving up wasn’t an option.

Quitting wasn’t an option. I knew this. I knew that I was capable. I knew that I was prepared. I trusted my instructor. Doubt was in my head big time, but determination and motivation was key. And just knowing that I had to see this through, for better or worse, made me better for it.

Earning my wings served its purpose. I knew upfront that if I finished, I could no longer say that something was unattainable. And I also know that if I keep finding those unattainable goals, the more confident I’ll be. I knew earning my wings was only a beginning…not an end.

I hope this inspires you just a little, because I am no different that an average Joe. And if an average Joe can do something so large with no natural abilities, so can you.