Welcome to the Game Quitters October 2015 monthly progress report!
One of our core values at Game Quitters is to be radically transparent, so each month we publish a progress report outlining what’s been happening in the community, including exact revenues and expenses, lessons learned and plans for the future.
This is our third report! To see our previous reports click here.
Game Quitters was founded to empower a community of likeminded people (gamers who want to quit playing video games) to come together and support each other to not only quit playing video games but to live our lives to the fullest. It’s about much more than quitting video games.
For me personally it represents a desire to create a lasting impact and to leave a legacy.
Game Quitters is much bigger than me though, and it’s about bringing the community together to have an impact on those who struggle with this area of their life.
The Game Quitters vision continues to evolve month after month, but for now I want to share with you some real numbers behind the mission so we can see, together, how the movement is growing.
I want to be radically transparent because not only do I think it’s important, especially in the business world, but one of my visions for Game Quitters is to have impact directly integrated into the business model as a social enterprise.
That will take time to develop and the manner in which we do so will be discussed and decided as a community, but for now I can share with you basic metrics and in future updates you can expect these to improve:
Forum: (Join here.)
Posts: 970 (+426)
New Members: 32 (+8)
Subscribers: 961 (+157)
2,837 (uniques) (+45%)
11,322 (uniques) (-182)
Respawn: 22 (-5) ($182)
Total: 225 ($1,603)
Challenge: 3 (-3) ($50)
Total: 20 ($849)
Parent Handbook: 0 (-1)
Total: 10 ($70)
Total October Income: $382 (-$346)
Total 2015: $3,147
The Tools: (monthly)
- LeadPages: $37
- SendOwl: $24
- Invision Board (Forum): $20
- Aweber: $69
- Photoshop CC: $19.99
- Gumroad (Fees): $8.85
- Paypal (Fees): $8
Total Monthly: $186.84
Other: (single payments)
- Developer: $150
- Invision Board (non-hosted license): $175
- Launch Academy (coworking space): $200
- Screenflow 5: $99
- Stickermule: $121
Total Other: $745
- Create Awesome Online Courses: $46 (1/12)
- The Truth by Neil Strauss: $15.71
Total Education: $61.71
- Cam: $1,500
Total October Expenses: $993.55
Total October Expenses + Team: $2,493.55
Total October Revenue: $382
Total October Expenses: $2,493.55
Total October Cashflow: -$2,111.55
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October was a difficult month. Let me explain.
When you’re starting a new business it will take time to reach “cashflow positive”, which basically just means your business is sustainable – you’re earning more than you’re spending. Because of this, many businesses need to invest (and lose money) for a period of time while revenues grow.
This was certainly the case for Game Quitters. In order for me to spend my full-time efforts on the mission I had to take a loss for a number of months before revenues (and growth) reach a sustainable place.
I knew this going in and had enough savings to invest in the process. My projections have Game Quitters reaching sustainability in the Spring of 2016. At the end of September I still had a “runway” (the length of time you have enough cash to continue to work on a venture) of eight months.
So I’ve been feeling good about everything and allowing the mission to grow at a healthy rate month over month while being able to invest in the long-term growth of the community, instead of having to focus my efforts on short-term cashflow.
Unfortunately at the end of September my situation changed and I went from eight months of runway to two months. I’ll share more about this in the future (part of my plan with Game Quitters is to teach you how you too can take a passion of yours and turn it into a profitable venture while having an impact), but this kind of situation is just part of entrepreneurship.
So the month of October I was doing a lot of soul-searching, dealing with a lot of anxiety (“I’m going to fail”), a lot of self-doubt (“I’m not good enough”) and depression (something I’ve struggled with much of my life.)
The frustration for me is amplified because of all times I need to operate at peak performance, I’m barely able to get out of bed due to depression. Not exactly a recipe for success.
So it was a difficult month but I persevered. I experimented, continued to work hard inch by inch and I’m optimistic about how things will unfold in November.
One of the challenges I’m experiencing with Game Quitters is the balance between having an impact and providing the ultimate resources for those who struggle with compulsive gaming/gaming addiction in their lives, and having it be a sustainable mission.
It’s a classic problem really. How do you have an impact AND earn a living?
It takes a certain amount of creativity but I’m committed to finding the balance.
In October I began experimenting with a Patreon (as requested by those who would like to donate to the mission) and Pay What You Want pricing (I have paused this initiative and may bring it back in the future).
In November I will be launching v4 of Respawn. It’s pumped full of extra value so I’m excited to share it with you in the next few weeks. I’m just finishing the content for it now. For the 225 of you who have already purchased Respawn, you will be receiving the update for free!
Once Respawn v4 is released, I will begin work on the next course, an advanced course, which will focus on becoming more productive, finding your purpose and making better friends after you quit gaming. Make sure you sign up for the newsletter (below) to be notified when it’s released.
We will continue to push forward this month. Our community is continuing to grow, and if you see the growth numbers of the forum (above), you will see the number of posts almost doubled last month (to 970), and that’s with a day offline for maintenance.
Lastly, I just want to say thank you to everyone for their support. All of your contributions, your comments, your shares, your dollars, everything makes a difference in our ability to reach more gamers who are struggling in silence.
November is going to be a great month for us and we will finish this year strong. We have much to look forward to next year, especially with the release of the book.
If you’d like to contribute to the Game Quitters mission and help us reach more gamers currently struggling in silence, join us on Patreon.
If you have any questions leave a comment below and I will answer it.