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How $800 Turned Into Thousands For Jessica Abroms

If you’re anything like me, you can’t help but smile at a good story, and boy do I have a story for you.

While stumbling around the Twitter-verse, I came across a story titled “How Jessica Abroms Made Thousands from an $800 iPhone App” (via Yappler). I clicked through, intrigued.

It turns out that the entrepreneurial Jessica Abroms had combined her Computer Science and Human Computer Interaction skills, 8 years of work experience at Pixar animation studios (yes, that Pixar), and a skilled provider on Elance to make one of her ideas for an iPhone app a reality.

The idea is a new, digital take on an old fortune-telling game many of us used to play in our adolescence: M.A.S.H. (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House.) While working on her project, she encountered a roadblock, and looked to Elance for some help.

From Yappler: “The interface was up and running after two weeks work, however Jessica says 'I was at a point where I was a little stuck and although I knew I could finish it, I figured it would be better if I got help.' This is when she went to Elance.com, a website where freelancers bid on projects, and placed an advert for a developer to help finish M.A.S.H.”

“With M.A.S.H. completed, Jessica reflected on the total cost. She recalls 'If I hadn't had the skills to do some of the work myself, I guess it would have cost upwards of $2000, which in hindsight seems expensive for such a simple little game, so it's great that I was able to do it for just $600.’”

I won’t spoil the rest of the story for you, but here’s a taste: Jessica invested $600 dollars (and an additional $200 for software upgrades) into the idea, submitted her game to the Apple App Store, and has added several thousand dollars right into her wallet. Not a bad investment, indeed.

So if you’re looking for a little inspiration to get your idea started, whether it be a new social-networking site, an iPhone App, or anything else your heart desires, head over to Yappler to give this story the detailed read it deserves. See, I told you that you'd smile.

Kudos, Jessica Abroms, and keep the great iPhone apps coming.

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I run Yappler.com and wrote the story about this app. It was Jessica who gave me confidence to outsource with Elance. Until her referral I didn't feel comfortable working with someone I hadn't met in person first. I've found some great providers on Elance and have been able to able to take a lot of the workload off my shoulders.