I talked about this in the past with my wife, as well I love game designing and this would allow me the ability to flush out and ship a design with little actual monetary investment. I know I’d be investing my time which would take away from making money on the side doing freelance design but I also look at it in two ways, first it would be an investment and second I could take breaks to take on quick freelance projects from time to time.
First step will be looking into buying a Mac mini. At the moment I’m looking at the $700 model as the stronger processor, video card, and more RAM are all going to be wanted once I’m past the learning stages of app development.
Second step is actually learning how to code for Apple apps, I don’t think this will be too hard as long as I stick with it. I feel my background in quick help coding from my game design days and front/back end coding for web design should help get the core concepts down.
Third would be coming up with ideas, well this is extremely easy, the key will be narrowing it down to 1 idea until it is completed. I’ll be depending on my wife for this, while I’ll be making the decision I will be presenting ideas and facts related to them to my wife to help make this decision. I’ll also be looking into any ideas she may have and the feasibility of them. I figure this will give me an outside perspective as well as… well lead to her nagging me about progress if I begin to slack off haha.
Overall I have a feeling this will end up at the very least as a creative outlet for a part of my life I truly miss but this time I’ll be involved under my terms. While that’s my low expectations looking into investing nearly $1,000 I am hoping for success and a big fat return on my investment that will help with my family’s finances, well the fun money since everything else we cover already. Who knows maybe it’ll be good enough that I’ll be able to quit my day job and do that plus be a stay at home dad haha.
Edit/Update/Whatever you wanna call it: I forgot to mention why Apple Apps over Android. I could mention other OS but they don’t have a big enough market. While I dabbled in Android App development in the past and loved the appeal of it being free to get started (no $100 developer signup cost) the device specifications are just far too broad for my liking, I might in the future reconsider that decision but for now I’m going with Apple.