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placdarms Envato team says

Pretty nonsense to me, sorry.

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If I had to pick now between a pile of money that brings me 50% of the yearly videohive income in interests/stock investment earnings, and the actual videohive portfolio, guess what I would pick? The money of course, because that is most probably more money than will ever come out of the portfolio.

I guess you have to have a solid knowledge on personal finance and investment in general for this to make sense, but even if you miss the juice of geeky finance stuff consider this:

Regarding your comment – I would pick the same, but chances are you will never be presented with such opportunity. You said yourself: “because that is most probably more money than will ever come out of the portfolio.” And this was exactly my point for this calculation. Appreciate your Portfolio because to earn equal amount from alternative investments – would require to invest more money than you’ll ever have in spare.

And the thing about 7% and 107% only applies if you reinvest the interest earned. the same would apply if you take all your VH earning and reinvest by hiring additional designers who work for you, to buy ads etc. You don’t reinvest all of your VH earnings so don’t factor this in comparative equation either.

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placdarms Envato team says

Hey, I’m glad you did. I guarantee that it’ll make you a better professional and a better artist.

Went through it and I already got some strategies that i will apply to my daily work habits. Fist two parts was better than the last one, though. It’s pretty disconnected from the rest and less applicable.

While looking for this book someone recommended to also take a look at The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz It goes much deeper on the same subject.

Thank you for recommendation.

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placdarms Envato team says

If you’re struggling with laziness you should read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Really insightful book.

Thanks a lot. After reading your comment I read some reviews on this book and I just purchased audio version of this book.

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placdarms Envato team says

Don’t know how much money all the sales are generating each month but let’s say 10 000 000 result: around 143 millions :D
Some time ago Collis posted a figure of 140mil in author earnings over 7years. Even though the earnings have been growing exponentially I still doubt monthly earnings have reached 10mil by now. At least that number is not supporting this theory.

I highly doubt any of us would find someone to purchase our entire portfolios at the valuation we’d expect in return.
By no means this was my intention and as I said – it’s not even allowed so this is off the discussion.

Interesting numbers. But it only points that investment on stocks is very expensive business.
Well, Investors are mainly looking for ways to put their money to work so they don’t have to. If you’re an investor – there is not much you can do to earn more than market average. Now if you find that your investment of time is also generating you passive income similar to what someone with half or quarter million worth of investment portfolio is getting – suddenly you realize that your time is worth much more than you probably thought. And if someone starts to complain that prices here are so low and you could earn more by freelancing – it’s a reason to think again.
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placdarms Envato team says

For past few years I’ve been spending more and more time to the personal finance planing and setting our financial goals as a family. The goal is to retire by the time I’m 40. Which doesn’t mean that I would stop working, but that i would have enough monthly return from assets to cover our monthly expenses. This includes income such as interest from savings, rental income from real estate properties and similar things. And if I put things in perspective – my Videohive portfolio is also kind of an asset. It gives steady monthly income even though I uploaded my last project 6 months ago. So it’s kind of a passive income from investment.

The reason I started this thread – I just calculated aproximate value of my portfolio and realized it’s my single biggest asset and I thought it would be interesting for you to run the numbers as well. In fact this changed my attitude towards Videohive complately. I don’t view VideoHive portfolio as an asset to retire on, because obviously portfolio goes out of style and eventually stop generating income if you stop producing new or updating your old projects. So I thought I’m enjoying Vh income, but I’m focusing more on building other assets like rental properties and savings. However after this basic calculation I realized it’s an asset that I need to cherish.

Here’s the math: We will consider 7% yearly return to be reasonable. Meaning if you would take your money and invest it in stocks your average yearly return would be 7% from the invested amount. Now you need to find out your average yearly earnings on VideoHive. Then take your yearly average figure and divide by 0.07

This is the amount of money you would need to invest in stocks to get the same yearly return you are getting on VideoHive.

I don’t want to reveal the numbers here, but I have to say – I was pretty much blown away because for me that number is close to half million dollars. I know it’s not allowed or possible to sell your portfolio and no one would buy it for such crazy amount anyway, but the math is straight – to get the same return from financial assets you would need to invest a huge amount of money. So cherish your portfolio, because It might be your most valuable asset in life.

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placdarms Envato team says

I know that deposits expire after a year because of the financial laws. Might be the same with earnings, but I’m not sure. I’d suggest to withdraw at least once a year. After all Envato is not a bank account where you can keep your savings.

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placdarms Envato team says

Generally banks look for safety that their money will be paid back. If you have a realestate you could get loan against that and get pretty good rates. Something like 5% a year. If you have a car you could get your loan against that and get an average rates more like 7-9% If you don’t have any of those just the steady income – you can still get loan, but the rate would be 25% If you don’t have a steady income there are some places that give those high risk loans, but your rate could be even 150% or 200% Unless you take that loan to fund the purchase of an asset that would gives you a guaranteed return that is higher than this rate – it would be a foolish decision.

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placdarms Envato team says

Not sure if I understood you correctly, but have you tried this switch:

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placdarms Envato team says

If you feel that you have added a substantial value to the existing project please explain this in message to reviewer box and we will reconsider the price. Previous buyers can download updated version without paying extra.

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placdarms Envato team says

You can host your tutorial on Youtube, but then you need to create an alternative written help file that you include in main ZIP. The idea is that project can’t be sold without a proper documentation and we have no control over third party sites and services so file can’t be accepted if the only documentation is hosted on youtube or similar service.

Some authors include written help file and then host a detailed tutorial on a third-party service. That is OK, but please remember that written help file should also be comprehensive enough to understand and use the product.

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