It depends where you live but it is fairly difficult in western countries.
Doing the math: at an estimated average sales gain of $16 across all your items per a sale, you would need to sell about 120 items per month for a total of $1920, whether it is by quality or quantity. While some could certainly live on less than that in the west, it is not easy. You still need to save for taxes which cut pretty deeply into your earnings each year. Ideally, it would be good to get to the point where you have enough monthly Envato income to cover most necessities, and then can freelance to cover the rest. In other countries, I’d bet you can get by on around 80 sales a month. If you are in the Czech Republic, you might be able to!
There are authors on Videohive that pull those types of numbers but it is the exception and not the norm. Themeforest likely has many more people making an entire living off of Envato. It doesn’t happen overnight, so work hard and be patient.
I think another thing that happens is that once top authors reach a certain sustained revenue stream that they are content with, the motivation to create new projects naturally declines. It takes a lot of time and effort to create a high end project so if you are happy with what is selling, you’d rather spend your time on something else.
I also generally think that authors are trying to play it safe by trying to model after the best sellers. Either the more innovative projects are getting rejected, or authors just don’t want to risk the time investment. I don’t really blame them.
Overall though, I think project quality has risen over the last few years.
I’ll be in Spain in May for two months I speak Spanish pretty well.
I’ll echo the sentiments, it’s been a pretty slow February for me aside from a few days. January was actually really good so I don’t know what changed.
Nice summary Cyzer, this should be fixed asap. Apparently certain words are completely overriding others. It’s bad for the buyers and the sellers.
The ability to group layers ala Photoshop. This would allow you to clean up a project as well as apply adjustment layers selectively.
Also, more batch actions would be nice. Like bake all expressions in the project to keyframes.
Yeah the bar is way off. Just expect 4-7 day approval time when you upload something right now.
I really liked your project Creattive, it was an incredible value too. Hopefully they get it back up for you.
I don’t see how anyone can claim copyright on something as fundamental as an extruded logo. It’s like a home builder claiming copyright on all houses since they built one at some point. Of course if it were an exact copy, then it would be a problem. But in this case it is clearly not. I’d like to see some clarification from staff on this issue.
I think we all have the problem at times of coming up with an idea, and then translating that into a good project. When it comes to creativity, sometimes the harder you try, the more the mind locks up. Getting away for a bit usually helps, along with looking for inspiration elsewhere.
This applies all the time but especially on Videohive. Like Massfocus just said, since our work here is self-directed, it can be challenging. There are infinite possibilities but you can only choose one for any given project. When you do work for a client, much of the creative direction is already defined.
I think every designer of any type has a “To be worked on” folder