Your First Payout

Celebrating the first earnings of internet businesses

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Late 2008! An iGoogle Gadget (remember?) consisting of an ecommerce affiliate search box.

— Jeroen Baidenmann (@jeroenbai) February 9, 2022

Took some digging. Suffered PayPal and merchant account hell before being able to switch to Stripe.

Here’s the first monthly subscription payment I received over the internet.

— Jonathan Markwell ⛡️ (@jot) February 3, 2022

The first ever payout for PriceWell was teeny tiny because we only took a 1% transaction fee and not monthly fee πŸ˜‚

— Matthew Reid πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί (@Matthew_Reid) February 3, 2022

What a great idea @mjwhansen!

Here's my first dollar... when adsense used to pay high CPMs.

— Marc LG πŸ₯‹ (@JudoHacker) February 3, 2022

Dollar number one - one of the more exciting days of my life:

— czue (@czue) February 4, 2022

Because of @appsumo's net60 policy, I got my first payout email notification today.

I'm utterly grateful and humbled. πŸ₯²

— Abhilash Prabhu (@abhikb2005) February 3, 2022

This made me curious so I looked up my first β€œnew payment” email. It was in Aug, 2017 β€” nearly a year after I started Keygen. It was a mere $9!

But want to know something else?

They’re still a customer!! πŸ₯³

That’s honestly so rad. Made my day seeing that!

— Zeke Gabrielse (@ezekgabrielse) February 3, 2022

My first Internet dollar (or five!) - Oct 16, 2016! And this deserves a hashtag: #FirstInternetDollar

— Srivats P (@pstavirs) February 3, 2022

Got Our First Sale Fire

A project @untappedlink that was created 3-4 days ago, got the first sale today.

Do support us on the Product Hunt launch. #indiehackers #buildinginpublic #buildinpublic #SaaS

— Muhammad Taimoor Hassan πŸ‡΅πŸ‡° (@mtaimoorhas) February 3, 2022

9 years ago. It never gets old.

— Yuval Oren 🚒 (@yuvalo) February 3, 2022

Oh this is fun!

This was the initial deposit from my 1st client as a freelancer. Not much but it was exciting times!

— Rossveth Lopez (@rossvethlopez) February 3, 2022 launch week was a really, really fun week.

Had no idea what the response would be, definitely did not expect this in my first 24 hours of sales!

— πŸ“™ Alex Hillman (@alexhillman) February 3, 2022

Oh wait - just found the actual email notification, and my response to it! :D

— Devan Sabaratnam (@dsabar) February 3, 2022

Almost 12 years ago, I made my first $ on the internet.

I sold stickers to a stranger on the other side of the world - Brad in Wanneroo, Western Australia.

— Dustin πŸ’‘ (@GoodPointDustin) February 3, 2022

Apparently, my first internet money was from none other than @cathrynlavery!

— Corey Haines | coreyhaines.eth (@coreyhainesco) February 3, 2022

I’ll never forget it. The demo/sales call itself was a couple days earlier - right as everything was shutting down due to COVID, and they signed up for an annual plan.

— Chris Moffatt Armes πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ (@CMAinYGK) February 2, 2022

Ok, so I just got my first Stripe payment.

I recently created a company in the USA, and opened a bank account there, and got an EIN number, and went through all the sh!t the IRS puts you through (even getting your Company's name misspelled on your EIN application).

Worth it.

— Jose R. Rosado (@joserosado) May 29, 2021

Our first sale predated Stripe being available to Canadian companies, only PayPal back then! Don't have the PayPal email, but have this one that was internally generated. Date was Oct 11, 2012! (Orders 1 through 279 were either free, or me testing!)

— Anna Maste πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ (@skulegirl) February 2, 2022

This made me dig into my old emails. Here's my first ever payout from selling an info product online, and it motivated me to keep teaching.

How could I not!

— Arvid Kahl (@arvidkahl) February 2, 2022

First ever @WP_Pusher sale! (Not first Internet money, though)

— Peter Suhm (@petersuhm) February 2, 2022

The first payout from Paddle for ThreadStart ❀

— π—™π—²π—Ήπ—Άπ˜… π—¦π—°π—΅π—Όπ—Ήπ˜‡ 🐦 (@scholz_felix) February 2, 2022

We got _extremely_ lucky with a very nice first customer who trusted us with a big plan AND paid for 12 months right out of the gate. Still with us today :)

— Julian Simioni (@juliansimioni) February 2, 2022

First Nusii payout! May 2014. πŸ’°β‚¬6.56!πŸ’°πŸ€‘

— Michael Koper (@michaelkoper) February 2, 2022

Here was my 1st online income at 17 years old!

Just 23 short years ago ...

— Matt Wensing πŸ™ (@mattwensing) February 2, 2022


— sam mcallister (@sammcallister) February 2, 2022

My first sale of a digital product I created and sold to a stranger on the internet. What an amazing feeling that was.

— Brian Casel (@CasJam) February 2, 2022

This email was apparently not a thing in July 2013 but here's my first stranger money notification email.

— Pete Keen (@zrail) February 2, 2022

First payment for Helptail's early access seat. 😊

— Helptail (@Helptail) February 2, 2022

Still chasing the same high ever since πŸ˜…

— Max Rozen (@RozenMD) February 2, 2022

Here's EditorNinja's

— John Doherty (@dohertyjf) February 2, 2022

Waaaay pre-Stripe. My first sale of a Rails plugin I wrote via E-Junkie:

— Bruno Bornsztein (@brunotorious) February 2, 2022

First internet dollar! And the payout a few days into the launch

— Dave Ceddia (@dceddia) February 2, 2022

Just found the email from Stripe with Geocodio's first revenue!

— Michele Hansen (@mjwhansen) January 19, 2022

It feels awesome.
I've been building and launching my internet business for 9 months now, and last week I finally got my first 3 customers with

$87 MRR β€” And in the pic, first Stripe payout of my life 😍#startups #mrr #firstcustomer

— matteo mosca (@matteomosca_) October 9, 2020

Just got my first payout from @Stripe! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ€‘

— ethan (@booligoosh) September 24, 2018


When you get your first stripe payment from your website and it feels like magic. #logoanimation

— John πŸ„ (@_goodjobjohn) August 15, 2019