To earn money in theme development you either need a huge client list or a marketplace. ThemeForest has dominated this sector for years, but that chapter might be coming to a close with the launch of Theme Market.
The site offers much higher returns for designers & developers who want to earn money selling premium themes.
Theme Market is currently scheduled to launch January 31st, 2016. But if you want to get in early check out their foundation program for theme developers.
This early foundation platform is completely free and offers some insane benefits:
For comparison, ThemeForest authors only receive $36 from a $100 sale. In fact Envato takes $44 from that sale for their author fee.
However Theme Market only takes 20% of the sale for foundation members, leaving the author with $80 from a $100 sale. Pretty big difference right?
And even non-foundation authors at Theme Market can still earn 60%-80% depending on the quality of their work.
All payouts are instant via PayPal or Stripe. And Theme Market has a detailed analytics platform for tracking sales along with other vital customer metrics.
If quality themes can be published while maintaining a similar price range, it’s possible Theme Market could become the next premiere destination for high-quality WordPress(and other CMS) themes. But this can only happen with the help of top-notch designers & theme developers!