Envato Helps 30 Community Members Reach $1 million in Sales
“These sellers have played a central role in establishing Envato's reputation for quality and service. They are also a source of inspiration for those who are just starting out and, combined with their humility and solid work ethic, fantastic role models for the rest of the community„ Natalia Manidis, Envato Market Community Manager
Melbourne, AU, December 10, 2014 - Most people imagine that to earn a million dollars involves climbing a corporate ladder in someone else’s business. However, an increasing number of people in the Envato community have proven that it is possible to earn a decent living doing what you love - on your own terms.
Last month, cmsmasters became the 30th Envato seller to make $1 million in sales from Envato’s largest marketplace Themeforest. Reaching this milestone grants the cmsmasters team ‘Power Elite’ status within Envato. The Envato Elite program offers rewards for sellers once they reach $75,000 in sales. The rewards increase with the sales; the highest tier reached, at $25 million, will earn the seller a trip to the moon.
The Ukrainian founders of cmsmasters, designer Dmytro and developer Shay, had limited success when they first joined forces and submitted themes for ThemeForest. Early rejections only encouraged them to work harder. The pair released their Clockstone theme in April 2011, giving up freelancing to concentrate all their effort on their new business.
Three and a half years later the cmsmasters team is looking to recruit more talented staff to add to their team of 10. “Every team member is a true professional and a real enthusiast. We have a highly creative atmosphere in our office, we love what we do and cherish every single product we create,” Dmytro says.
Dmytro and Shay say that having a platform to sell their items and run their own business is invaluable. “When you run your own business, you take all the responsibility for your success and failure. This makes you work much harder and put more effort into improving your skills and knowledge,” says Shay.
The Envato team are excited to welcome new members to this small but growing group of sellers with over $1 million in sales. “Power Elite is a special title within our community," says Envato Market Community Manager Natalia Manidis. "These sellers have played a central role in establishing Envato's reputation for quality and service. They are also a source of inspiration for those who are just starting out and, combined with their humility and solid work ethic, fantastic role models for the rest of the community.”
Cmsmasters is in good company. Another Power Elite team, ThemeFusion, was started by a pair who have never met in person. This hasn’t stopped them from teaming up to create the highest selling theme on ThemeForest, Avada, which has been purchased almost 100,000 times. One half of the pair, Muhammad Haris, lives in Lahore, Pakistan. The sales have enabled him to build a three-storey home for his extended family. “We are able to build this house thanks to selling one theme on ThemeForest, Avada,” he says.
For Phil, the American author behind ThemeNectar, Power Elite status took him quite by surprise. “I never imagined that I’d reach this milestone. It all still feels very surreal,” he said, when his WordPress theme Salient surpassed 22,000 sales. For Phil, selling on Envato’s ThemeForest was an obvious choice. “I knew it was the platform I had always wanted; something that would allow me complete creative freedom while reaching a broad audience.”
For Power Elite author Andy Wilkerson, or Parallelus as he is known on ThemeForest, one of the greatest gifts his success allows is freedom to be with his young family. The flexibility of working from home means Wilkerson can enjoy rituals such as picking his daughter up from school. “It is a nice thing that I get to have father and daughter time with her and I really enjoy it,” he says.
"My success is driven by my own ideas," Wilkerson says. "I either fail or succeed based on what I do, not on what someone else tells me to do. Having that control in my own hands is a really nice side effect of working for myself."
Dmytro adds, “Being able to fulfil your ideas and acquire financial independence while doing what you love is an opportunity that is worth a lot.”
Phil from ThemeNectar
Andy Wilkerson of Parallelus
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