8 Wordpress Plugin Business Success Stories 
If you have used WordPress, you must know you cannot run a successful website without using a few plugins. Ideally, WP plugins help run the website successfully.
Selling WordPress plugins is one of the basic ways you can make money online. Thus, if you have found a solution to an issue, you can develop a plugin for it and earn income from the plugin.
If you are considering starting a WordPress plugin development business, ensure you focus on offering a solution to a particular need.
You can sell WP plugins at online platforms such as CodeCanyon., sell them on your blog, or create a separate website for the plugin.
Here are some real life success stories of starting a wordpress plugin business:
1. Client Portal ($132K/year)
Laura Elizabeth (from England, United Kingdom) started Client Portal over 6 years ago.
My name is Laura Elizabeth and I run Client Portal. Client portal is a lightweight project management tool for WordPress.
In July 2018 we started charging an annual support and update fee. This was to help cover the expenses of keeping the plugin supported, implementing new features, and the time spent on customer support. So now if our customers want to continue getting support and updates to the product, they pay a recurring amount every year. If they don’t want the support and updates, they still keep the product forever and can use it for as long as they like. So far this method has been great for both customers and the company and has added a projected $38k/year to Client Portal’s revenue.
2. Wheely Sales ($7.2K/year)
Joshua Howarth (from Yokohama, Japan) started Wheely Sales over 4 years ago.
Hi! I’m Josh and I created Wheely Sales, a lucky wheel popup that works on any e-commerce platform. It’s basically like the Wheel of Fortune from the classic TV game show - but fully customizable for your online store!
I’ve grown revenue from $0 to $600/month in just 4 months since getting started and over 1.1 million people have seen the wheel on my customers’ websites in that time.
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4. Studio Wombat ($180K/year)
Maarten (from Gent) started Studio Wombat over 5 years ago.
Hi, everyone! My name is Maarten, and I am the founder of Studio Wombat, where I create and sell WooCommerce plugins. WooCommerce is a platform that turns any WordPress-powered site into an e-commerce shop.
I started this company in August 2017, mainly as a side project to challenge my own development skills. To my surprise, it grew into a profitable business and we’re now making well over $15,000 per month!
5. Barn2 Plugins ($1.44M/year)
Katie Keith (from Plymouth, UK) started Barn2 Plugins about 7 years ago.
Hi, I’m Katie from Barn2 Plugins. We sell innovative software products which add extra features to websites that are built on the popular WordPress and WooCommerce platforms.
We now have 16 products that generate over $100,000 in monthly revenue.
6. Zion Builder ($240K/year)
Balasa Sorin Stefan (from Bucharest, Romania) started Zion Builder over 11 years ago.
Hi guys, my name is Stefan and I am one of the founders of Hogash and ZionBuilder. I started the company back in 2012 when I first entered the Joomla and WordPress template/plugins business.
This decision seemed like the right decision for us as after we launched it, we got great feedback from our customers and we are confident that with time, it will be the go-to tool for most website creators since it has a strong base and we are constantly improving the product and it gets better and better with each update.
7. Paid Memberships Pro ($1.2M/year)
Jason Coleman (from Reading, PA) started Paid Memberships Pro over 12 years ago.
My name is Jason Coleman, and I am co-founder of Stranger Studios. Our flagship product is Paid Memberships Pro, a membership platform for WordPress. Associations use our platform to collect recurring payments and manage their memberships. Businesses and solo entrepreneurs use PMPro to run paid blogs, podcasts, and community sites.
Paid Memberships Pro is a free and open-source plugin available for download at WordPress.org. Over 100,000 sites run Paid Memberships Pro. We have around 6000 customers who pay us for premium add ons, support, and other services. In 2020, we averaged $100k per month in revenue and are on track to grow an additional 25-50% this year.
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