Happy Peerapong Day: Second Marketplace Author to Sell $1,000,000+!

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Congratulations to our second Power Elite author Peerapong! Peerapong has been a member of the Envato community for 2 years and in that time has amassed 2,754 followers! He surpassed $1,000,000+ worth of sales in the last month and has worked exceedingly hard to get there! Peerapong’s story is inspirational and we are so proud to have him as a leader in our community.

As a Power Elite author Peerapong receives a day in his honor and a special Power Elite care pack including the Power Elite ring. We’ve interviewed Pete (as he likes to be called away from the Marketplaces) for Peerapong Day and we hope you enjoy reading about his incredible journey to this milestone.

Happy Peerapong Day Everyone!

Interview with Power Elite Author Peerapong:

When we found out Peerapong was close to the $1,000,000+ milestone we asked him to answer some important questions for us. In his interview, Pete (as he prefers to be known) tells us about not giving up, being an Envato author in Thailand and what this milestone means to him as an author and designer. If you fancy yourself a future Power Elite author, read closely and see if you can pick up some tips!

Congratulations Pete, how does it feel to have sold over $1,000,000 of items?

It’s unbelievable. I never thought I could sell themes worth a million dollars in this short period of time (I am 28 years old). Back in 2008, I was still unemployed and had failed with so many web products. I still remember, before I knew about ThemeForest, I was ready to give up on the internet and web technology because I had tried so hard to come up with many web projects and they had all failed. So I started thinking

Is this the right thing for me to do for the rest of my life?.

But when I found ThemeForest unintentionally (I saw ThemeForest ads on Twitter app), I started learning more about the Envato Marketplaces and how they work. Then I decided to give it a try and it turned out to be one of the best decisions in my life.

What does this milestone mean for you as an author and designer?

Honestly, it reminds me how far everybody can go if they never give up. But it doesn’t make me feel that I am a better author than others at all. Everything changes so fast in this industry and I still need to learn and improve myself all the time.

Btw, the power elite ring is so cool. I love it! 😀

How many hours do you spend on designs for the Envato marketplace?

I work around 8-16 hours a day on support and theme design. Sometimes I work every day (even on the weekend) LOL! I think the reason I spend long hours working on my job is that I never feel like I am working at all. I could spend hours finishing the latest part of a theme on the weekend instead of going out for movie or a trip. It sounds weird but it’s really true 😀

Have you had any designs rejected and what did you do about it?

Of course 😀 My first photography theme was rejected 4-5 times. At the time, I was angry first. Once I calmed down I started digging deeper and listening to the rejection reasons the reviewer gave. I tried harder to find the weak spots in my design. After that first failed theme, I improved but still got rejected 2-3 times before getting many of my themes approved. I realized that the reviewer’s suggestions are valuable information to help you to improve your product. Many of the reviewer’s suggestions have improved my themes :)

What words of encouragement do you have to any budding authors who want to make Power Elite level?

Anything is possible if you try harder and have the right attitude. Take me as an example. I come from small country (I lived in Bangkok, Thailand) and English is not my fluent language. Before I joined ThemeForest, I was unemployed and ready to quit making web products.

I was told by so many people that I was wrong when I decided to quit my part time job to work full time on the ThemeForest Marketplace. I got many rejections before my first theme was even approved. I was not a talented designer and coder but I have improved and now work even harder to improve my skills.So please, never give up even in the darkest day of your life. :)

What is your office space like?

It’s a bit untidy. I have 1 Macbook Pro with Cinema display. Sometimes after spending hours working, my desk is full of papers :D. I also sometimes go out and work from cafe (Starbucks) when I need to refresh my eyes and ideas. It always helps :)

How do you get inspiration for your designs?

Like many other authors. I love CSS gallery sites and other design blog posts. For example; “Best 50 websites blah blah…”. I love interior design too, so I spend some time each day on many interior and home design sites.

What is the best thing about your job?

You can really work on your vision, ideas and see how people respond to your work in a really competitive market. I used to be software engineer who worked on projects in which customers and my boss told me what to do, even when I knew it was not the right approach or there was better way. The ThemeForest marketplace is so competitive that you really have to improve and learn new things all the time and that makes my job more exciting!

If you could choose any space in the world and create a design for it, where would it be and what would you make?

Currently I am in process of building my first home. I work with a very talented interior designer and it’s a great result. I’ve always wanted to create a beautiful design resort in the mountains of Thailand. I hope someday in the future, I will build a great resort or houses in Khao Khor, Khao Yai or Pai (and other places) in Thailand :)

How do you keep motivated and inspired?

I read stories about many talented people in the world. Many of them are successful at very young age and it has inspired me. When I’ve had a bad day, I remind myself about these people’s stories. Most of them failed many times but they didn’t give up and that is the reason they succeeded. It teaches me to try even harder and get back to the right attitude.
Also, I think the way the Envato Marketplaces work motivate me too. For example, the paw badge, monthly ranking, breaking monthly record blog post etc. Everyone wants to break the record right? LOL 😀

What is the hardest part about your job?

I think motivation is also the hardest part. For example, when your sales are rising for many months sometimes it makes you feel more comfortable and stop making new products or learning new things. When that happens it will hurt your sales because this is a very competitive market.

If you stop learning then there are so many people around the world who will come up with great new products.

Is there anything else you would like to say?

In the last 2 years, my life has completely changed. I always think I am very lucky to have joined this great community as well as great Marketplace at the right time. I would like to say “Thank you very much” to Collis and everyone in the Envato team for creating this great opportunity for everyone. Wherever you live there is an opportunity to succeed in the Envato Marketplaces.

A huge thank you from all of us at Envato, Pete. We appreciate you sharing your story and reminding us of what can be achieved with a little hard work!

Once again, Congratulations and Happy Peerapong Day!

*All photos taken by Guillaume Megevand.

425 thoughts on “Happy Peerapong Day: Second Marketplace Author to Sell $1,000,000+!

  1. Congratulation to Peerapong.

    Going against our norms (I’m Thai too by the way) is surely hard, but showing them what we are capable of like what you’ve done will likely teach the naysayers something. :)

  2. ยินดีด้วยจริงๆ ครับ กับความสำเร็จของคนไทยอีกคน

  3. Congratulations Peerapong, this is truly an inspiring story and shows what can be done with right attitude, persistence and hard work. Keep it up!

  4. Hi Peerapong, you really looks like a satisfied, down to earth person. I will take your congenialness as an idol for my work.
    Wish you the best with building your new home. Greetings from Hamburg Germany Marcos (TemplateRockers)

  5. Pete, excellent job! You are an inspiration to us all. I am so motivated to excel in development skills so I may one day have the opportunity to be so privileged and honored to have my name on this wall.

  6. I think one of the most amazing things is not only have you surpassed the 1M mark, but that individuals like myself can utilize the incredible tools that you provide… and we too can create a fantastic lifestyle for ourselves.

    A huge THANK-YOU for doing what you do Pete. Your dedication to your trade has helped me provide food and shelter for my children… and it has allowed me the opportunity to work from home – where I am close to them and can give them the attention they deserve.

    Beautiful themes. Wonderful work. Huge appreciation.

  7. Great post, congratulations, this type of stuff motivates the hell out of me, enjoy the elite ring man :)

  8. Awesome feel good story, makes me want to learn how to design wordpress themes right now!

    Congratulations to you Peerapong!


  9. คนไทย….ไม่แพ้ชาติใดในสามโลก อิอิ ยินดีด้วยครับ

  10. น้องเป็นตัวอย่างที่ดีของเวปเดเวลล๊อปเปอร์ไทยเลยครับ ผมขอซูฮกจากหัวใจ

  11. Great work. Fantastic how you have made a career out of this marketplace and have really helped so many other designers.

    Keep it up.

  12. Congratulations Pete! And congratulations Envato!

    I hope Collis and everyone at Envato will use this man’s success story to motivate them to keep the marketplace grounded. So many times, success goes awry. Keep it real Envato, and we’ll keep coming back! Thank you!

  13. What a great success story, lovely to find out so much more about you, Pete, many congratulations! Come back and show us pictures of the new home you are building, sounds fascinating! :-)

  14. Congrats Peerapong,

    Reading this success story has given me more of push to keep moving forward. May success continue to shine on you Peerapong

  15. This is so cool!!! I start working on theme design just few weeks ago and your story really inspires me 😀

    (Congrats from Thailand Pete!!)

  16. สุดยอดครับพี่
    เก่งมากๆ เลยครับ
    พี่เป็นแรงบันดาลใจให้กับคนไทย หลายๆคนลุกขึ้นมาปฏิวัติตัวเอง พี่ได้ตอกย้ำให้ชาวต่างชาติได้รู้ว่าคนไทย ไม่แพ้ชาติใดในโลก
    ขอให้ยอดขายพี่พุ่งขึ้นเรื่อยๆ เลยนะครับ สู้ๆ

  17. Your story is inspirational Pete. I offer my sincere congratulations on reaching this amazing milestone. Here is to the next million!


  18. Congratulations Peerapong! You’re a true inspiration for all the failure designer like me :) I got much hope from your experience that someday even my theme would compete in the community. Good Job! And a Great Good Luck. God Bless You.

  19. คุณคือคนที่จุดประกายให้ผม
    My Idol = Peerapong
    Thank you….

  20. I’m glad and happy for peerapong :) Thais have best skill in work dedication. Inspiring and considering from the place he lives and stays for work, it should be a story to many who do not love what they do and, as a result, fail to grab their successful future.

  21. ยินดีด้วยนะครับ กับความสำเร็จ สำหรับการทำเทมเพลตสวยๆ ออกมาขายคนทั่วโลก และก็ดีใจที่ได้ได้เห็นคนไทยหาตังเก่งๆ ก็อยากลองทำบ้าง :)

  22. Woot! This is exciting, have always loved your work and look forward to more awesomeness in the years to come :)

  23. Woot congratulation!!

    chai yo!!

  24. WOW, I’m proud of you!! I am 22 and just built my business so when I see you people on the same path I emotionally connect. Congrats!!!

  25. Congratulations Pete,

    I bought some of your templates here and they are absolutely wonderful. Keep up the good work.


  26. That is awesome! I live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and I didn’t know about this. Congratulations, I wish you the very best for the future! ^_^

  27. ยอดมากครับ ไม่รู้ว่ากว่าจะสำเร็จเหนื่อยแค่ไหนแต่ตอนนี้น่าจะคุ้มค่าแล้วนะครับ

    it’s so COOL…..

  28. Hi Pete, congradulations man!! You’re one of my role models here and aswell my life has changed since i started on Themeforest. Wish you the best man!!

    Marius (hogash)

  29. เจ๋ง นี่แหละคนไทยไม่แพ้ชาติใดในโลกครับ

  30. Congratulations Peerapong
    ยินดีเป็นอย่างยิ่ง คุณคือคนไทยที่เก่งสุดยอด

  31. Congratulation!! sold over 30,000,000 Baht 0_o

    ยินดีด้วย สุดยอดมากๆครับ

  32. I have to say congratulations and that if this achievement is not inspiration for others, I don’t know what is. I’ve been watching Kriesi and Peerapong since their beginnings and amazing how fast things can happen like this in a short period of time. They make it look easy but at the same time it’s not easy but the trick is to keep at it.

  33. พี่สุดยอดมากเลยครับ น้อยคนที่จะทำได้ เก่งมากเลย ขอให้รวยๆยิ่งๆขึ้นไปครับ

  34. Great for you. It’s hard to believe that themes could generate so much income. Hope to see you back next year with another great record.

  35. Another great success, well deserved! Also want to give the Envato people some recognition for the awesome way of giving this exposure it deserves :)

  36. ขอแสดงความยินดีเป็นอย่างยิ่งครับ คุณพีระพงษ์ เป็นการประกาศความยิ่งใหญ่ของคนไทยอีกครั้งหนึ่ง
    ขอบคุณมากครับ ที่สร้างแรงบันดาลใจให้กับคนไทยอีกหลายๆ คน รวมทั้งผมด้วย.

  37. Hey! Your story motivated me up. Thanks.. thanks and thanks again.. I’m not going to give up this thing… Im still struggling to get approved but I wont give up… congratulations

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  39. $1 million for real !! That’s almost 100 million in my local currency(Kenya). You could definitely build a hotel/resort with that kind of money here.

    Wow, what an inspiring story. My 1st theme got rejected 2 years and I gave up completely. I felt then that the reviewers were unfair to me, but when I look at my designs today, I find them incredibly hideous.

    So now 2 years later, after reading that you were also rejected multiple times, I will once again give it a shot.

    Thank you for inspiring me and I wish you more sales.

    Respect from Kenya.

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  41. Thanks for sharing your story.
    I have just been rejected for the first time.
    But i feel ready to try another time. Your story provided the necessary push.

  42. Well done!Congrats!!!Very inspirational story.

    By the way,does anybody know the marketplace for fashion designers looking like themeforest with digital downloads for technical flat sketches?Thank you..

  43. ผมแอบชื่นชมคุณมานานมากแล้ว ขอบคุณที่คุณเป็นแรงบันดาลใจให้กับผม

  44. Congratulations Pete!

    Your story is very inspiring…..even to an old guy like me. I am almost 42 and my dream is to be an AudioJungle top author one day. You and your story has reminded me to not give up on that dream!

    Keep going to you hit $2,000,000 and then, don’t stop either!

  45. ยินดีด้วยนะค่ะ คุณ Peerapong บทสัมภาษณ์ของคุณเป็นแรงบันดาลใจมากเลยค่ะ

  46. สุดยอดไปเลยครับพี่ คนไทยสวดยวดเจียงๆ

  47. Great job – I have been trying for three months now to buyild my first template that will “break” into The Marketplace and all I can say is that your work has given the oomph to get up off my butt and get back to trying again!

    Thanks bro!

  48. Felicitaciones en español! Usted es una fuente de inspiración para todos nosotros! Un brindis a la distancia y saludos desde Buenos Aires Argentina.

  49. ดีใจด้วยครับ idol อีกคนเลย ขอบคุณที่เป็นแรงบรรดาลใจให้ผล !!

  50. คนไทยลองทำอะไรแล้วไม่แพ้ชาติใดในโลก


  51. Put your feet up and crack a few Changs, you deserve it. Congrats it is reassuring to see even top designers have their self-doubts. Keep up the good work.


  52. Dude! Congratulations! You are an inspiration to people like me who don’t even have a picture or avatar yet. Wow.
    Keep going, and may God bless you even further!

  53. เก่งจังครับ ขอให้มีผลงานดีๆออกมาเรื่อยๆไป

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  55. Congrats Peerapong. Lately I’ve been visiting to Themeforest to find new themes, and I always see your name as Top Authors 😉

    Hopefully there’ll be more people will the elite members.

    ps: I think Envato really appreciate their authors :)

  56. เพื่อนผมแชร์บทสัมภาษณ์นี้เข้ามาทางเฟสบุ๊ค เลยเข้ามาอ่านครับ. ขอแสดงความยินดีและชื่นชมในผลงานที่คุณสร้างครับ. ผลงานของคุณเป็นตัวอย่างที่ดีและเป็นแรงบรรดาลใจให้กับคนอื่นๆด้วยครับ. ขอบคุณครับ.

  57. Very inspiration! ยินดีด้วยครับ เป็นแรงบันดาร ใจที่ดีมากครับ

  58. มันเป็นชีวิตที่ใครๆ ก็ค้นหา ส่วนตัวสุดๆ สบายจริงๆ

  59. Congratulation peerapol

    เก่งมากๆครับ คุณ พีรพล ผมจะถือว่าคุณเป็น idol ของผมเลยครับ

    การเดินทางมาถึงที่นี่ คงไม่ง่าย ยินดีกับความสำเร็จด้วยจริงๆครับ

  60. Congrat!! เก่งมากๆครับ ขอบคุณที่สร้างชื่อเสียงให้กับประเทศไทย

  61. congrats! i almost cry meeen. i know how it is to fail on the web as designer, developer etc and at the same time been really talented, its like is not fair to you, and you even question your skills at that point. But if you find i way to keep yourself trying and inspired, feeling the hope its one the way, no matter what – li ke you did – great things can happend. Dude thats some shit. Im so glad for you!

    thnx a lot, now you are our inspiration.


  62. ขอบคุณครับที่สร้างชื่อเสียงให้กับประเทศไทย ถ้ามีโอกาสจะสนับสนุนบ้างครับ

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  64. Salute to him.
    I promote Envato in my Institute where so many people come 2 know the real way of freelancing & outsourcing.
    I’ll translate this in Bengali & show it 2 all of them as an inspiration.
    Really you have done a great job.
    Thanks 2 Envato ,too…

  65. Salute to him.
    I promote Envato in my Institute where so many people come 2 know the real way of freelancing & outsourcing.
    I’ll translate this in Bengali & show it 2 all of them as an inspiration.
    Really you have done a great job.
    Thanks 2 Envato for their great work…

  66. ยินดีด้วยนะคะ พี่พีท ภูมิใจแทนเพื่อนจริงๆ

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  68. Pete:

    You’re very talented and I am wowed by tour story. I’m glad I am using your Protein template, which I love more than hundreds I saw. Now I just need help getting it working the way your live demo is.

    Good luck to us both.

  69. Pete, excellent job! You are an inspiration to us all. I am so motivated to excel in development skills so I may one day have the opportunity to be so privileged and honored to have my name on this wall.

  70. Pete, excellent job! You are an inspiration to us all. I am so motivated to excel in development skills so I may one day have the opportunity to be so privileged and honored to have my name on this wall.

  71. I have to say congratulations and that if this achievement is not inspiration for others, I don’t know what is. I’ve been watching Kriesi and Peerapong since their beginnings and amazing how fast things can happen like this in a short period of time. They make it look easy but at the same time it’s not easy but the trick is to keep at it.

  72. Hi, Congratulations for your succeced milestone. Its not easy to be you and many people like to see thair name on the Power Elite envato like you, Yes of course its me too!. But nowaday I did a very fool things I work the great internet marketing named affiliate but I did like a foolish man by spam every day I was disappointed with my doing right now its call garbage man who make the garbage online like many thai people do. Hover I hope someday I will found my way and make an excellent product like you. May buddha bless for you.

    Thank you.

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  77. Hey Pete, I work a day job but would love to simply take photos and video all day long. You just gave me the motivational kick in the pants I have needed. All the very best and congratulations on achieving your $1m milestone. Amazing work.

  78. Felicidades Peerapong,

    You are an example to follow. Thanks for sharing your impressions.

    Thanks also to the authors of the previous reviews because they are very satisfactory.

  79. I was surprised by doling out the comments left after this post. This guy earned $ 1 million by selling design for websites.

    I am not a designer and not a programmer, though I create my own projects, I do not even belong to this site’s community, but I can’t understand how people can be so indifferent to the comments?

    I sincerely congratulate Peerapong with his first million, which he earned on the Internet! I also work seven days a week, creating their own websites, though I earn on advertising, which is placed on them. But a million dollars a year – it’s very cool!

    I can’t even imagine how a talented designer you have to be to demand at your service was so great, considering the competition on this platform!

    I’m impressed! This guy infected me by his enthusiasm, although that it was more than enough in “my blood.”

    In fact, by his example, Peerapong proves that hard work always lead to the inevitable result!

    P.s.: I understand, however, that this article is more “advertising” than informative, but even so such examples really inspire and give hope to those webmasters, designers, programmers and others who are trying to become independent, thanks to the business, created in the Internet.

  80. I have been running my business for 2 years now and I am in awe of the power of the internet and how I can connect with so many new clients. It’s made a world of difference in my income and to be able to connect with so many different people who want to help me with my business.

    Without the internet I’m not sure how small business’ survived. I’m so grateful for technology and congtats to you on your success as well.

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