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From side hustle to 10k app downloads

By March 29, 2019October 21st, 2019No Comments

At the time of writing this blog post (March 2019) I’m doing a little happy dance in my office, not because my life is sorted, but because 10,000 lives have been transformed.

That’s right, 10k!

We’ve just reached 10,000 app downloads, which mean we’re helping thousands of busy mummas (and papas of course – let’s not forget them, girls!) across Australia and New Zealand organise their hectic family lives.

This is a massive milestone, not only for the app, but for myself, my business partner – Vince –  and our little Life Sorted team. There’s no holding back now – going global is next on our bucket list!

It’s true what Tony Robbins says – “Where focus goes, energy flows”. From day dot, my mission has always been to help millions of families around the world organise their schedule, stop the stress around scheduling, minimise miscommunication, and cull brain-clutter. And now, over 10,000 families are spending more time doing what is most important – being together in the moment.

This is not an overnight success story. It has taken years of dedication and sacrifices. And we’re not done yet.

It all started with one simple step…

// Taking action on a burning side-hustle idea

A lot of my friends and followers ask me, “Jo, isn’t your life busy enough? Why would you embark on such a huge project like creating an app? How the heck to you manage it all?”  

Well, I think being busy is BS.

It’s all about prioritising. Frankly, you’re never too busy to make time for the people and moments you want the most in life. A simple mindset shift like making’ time for yourself and fulfilling your dreams, as opposed to always trying to ‘find’ time is all it takes to be able to live the life you’ve imagined. If you want it badly enough, you’ll make it work, and fitting in an extra side hustle that brings you joy is easier than you might think .

If you have a burning idea and a desire to create something, but think you don’t have the time. I’d encourage you to do it anyway!  

// Find your side hustle

I guess you could say Life Sorted was my side hustle until recently. The simplest way to finding your side hustle is to ask yourself, “What is something in your OWN life that you could fix or improve?” It might be time for a new app, service or product!

But, what if it already exists? Who cares. It has not yet been done by YOU!

Here’s 3 things YOU can do today to get YOUR side hustle started:

  1. Research – If  you’re having trouble pinpointing an idea, just look at bad reviews of products then figure out ways to solve the problem differently.
  2. Stop procrastinating – just bloody start.
  3. Buy the domain today – the first step doesn’t have to be a leap it can just be a hop, skip or jump!

// Reflecting on hitting 10,000 downloads

Just like that in the blink of an eye, my part time side hustle turned into 10,000 app downloads. Whaaaat?  Picturing ten thousand people in a room is crazy, I can’t even fathom what this would actually look like.

The scary (and humbling) part of all this is realising just how many people and lives the Life Sorted app has impacted, without even realising I had a part in streamlining their stress-filled days.

Reaching this milestone has given me a chance to look back at the long path it took us to get to this moment in time. The path to 10,000 downloads was no easy feat. It was years full of hiccups, mistakes, laughter and eventually some wins.

Reflecting on all of this fills me with an immense sense of joy and appreciation for how far I’ve come. I have to say, I feel extremely grateful for my family and friends who were all there each step of the way, supporting me as each new app bug, or development delay chipped away at my confidence. Reflecting on your experiences along the way is one of the best ways to practice gratitude.

And not to mention how proud I am of my little self for creating an app!!

// No longer a side hustle: We’re going global baby!

If I had a dollar for every message received from someone outside of Australia/NZ questioning why it’s not available in their country, I’d have a very full piggy bank!

The reason? I wanted to perfect the app here in Australia and get it right before releasing it to a global audience! Simple as that!

I’ll let you in on a little secret though… our developers have been diligently working away on architecture to support Life Sorted on a global scale.

And it’s almost ready, like real soon. If you’re in another country right now, let’s just say you won’t have to wait long 😉

But for now we’re hustlin’ everyday to get the app to more Aussie and Kiwi families!

Thank you to everyone for your continued support. If you’d like a 30-day free trial of Life Sorted, CLICK HERE.  If you’re already a Life Sorted addict, the best way to show your support is by leaving us a review on the app store. It would mean the world to us.

Jo Burgess

About Jo Burgess

Jo is the creator of Life Sorted, one of the highest rated family organizers on the app stores. She’s proud to be helping thousands of families live a happier life together, by giving them a way to keep their family’s events, birthdays, to-dos, shopping lists and reminders in one place.

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