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Anybody here make a living selling shareware?

Do you have a shareware product that you personally developed, which provides the majority of your income?

How long did it take from when you started the design until you landed your first paying customer? How long from your first paying customer until it became your primary source of income? Since when has it been your primary income? What language(s) and operating systems does it run on?  What does the product do?

If you don't mind, how many copies and/or how much money does it generate in gross sales per year? Any of you made so much money from it that you could retire right now from the accumulated earnings?

And of course, don't forget to provide a link to your product web site (unless there is some policy here against plugging your products).

T. Norman
Sunday, August 17, 2003

check out

http://dexterity.com

and read the articles which Joel pointed out a while ago.  Lots of useful information about Shareware.

Gregg Tavares
Sunday, August 17, 2003

More specifically,
http://www.dexterity.com/articles/

These are some GREAT articles.

We started out shareware, but  for our market, it was not sufficient as a maketing 'vehicle'. 

We found that we needed:
1. Paper catalog - to give us substance (so we seemed more "real") and to market to people who can't download shareware, but want to buy a CD.

2. Offline advertising.

Entrepreneur
Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Agreed, those dexterity.com articles are excellent (thanks for pointing them out).

The first thing to remember, shareware is a marketing concept, not a type of software.

A lot of companies use shareware (or shareware-like) marketing tactics - even Fog Creek and Microsoft (they just don't call it shareware).

RocketJeff
Thursday, August 21, 2003

Great articles.

But perhaps I should rephrase the question: Which of you have personally developed and own a software product that is sold and delivered exclusively over the Internet (except in cases where you hand-burn CDs for those who want a CD -- i.e. no publishing companies involved)?

T. Norman
Thursday, August 21, 2003

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