Anyone make any $ programming from home?

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Anyone make any $ programming from home?

Posted 16 January 2016 - 10:40 AM

Just curious if anyone has had any success making $ developing software at home and licensing or selling it.
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Re: Anyone make any $ programming from home?

Posted 16 January 2016 - 10:44 AM

I make extra money doing specific work for folk and tend to avoid licensing/selling it. I'll do my work, make my money,and move on.
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 10:47 AM

modi123_1 Any reason to *avoid* it?
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Re: Anyone make any $ programming from home?

Posted 16 January 2016 - 10:48 AM

Once you start licensing/selling it, you're on the hook for supporting multiple clients. That can be more trouble than it's worth.

Writing code is like having kids. One mistake and you end up supporting it for the next 18 years.
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 10:52 AM

There is truth that you are on the hook to support the software once licensed. That being said... you include a maintenance fee with every license. This helps offset the time/$ needed to support the software. The biggest plus is the $ you can make if you find yourself in a licensing situation. You can make allot of $. But... expect allot of hours in the making when you get started.

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 10:53 AM

.. Or I make good money being a merc and tend to have repeat work with discrete time frames. Win win.
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 10:54 AM

Do you guys refer to technical support or the result of lawsuits?
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 10:57 AM

I avoid lawsuits by making sure there's a clause where I can get out of any support agreement by giving the client the development code. I've never had to use that clause... but I make sure the client is in agreement. You do have to expect some technical support. Hence the maintenance agreement. If I were to license a product for say $60k, I would charge $6k maintenance per year. They would get technical support and upgrades.
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 10:57 AM

To a certain extent. Obviously the developer should help the client roll the software and work out kinks. But by the same token, if a client calls me up out of the blue two years later, then I don't feel obligation to help. There is something to be said for having everyone sign off that they're happy and moving on to the next project.

Yes- a maintenance fee can be lucrative; but if one already has a full-time job and other commitments, then the time commitment may not be worth it in the grand scheme of things.

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If I were to license a product for say $60k, I would charge $6k maintenance per year. They would get technical support and upgrades.

It sounds like you are considering products of much larger scope than we are. Yes- for $60k, some support is a more than reasonable expectation.
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Re: Anyone make any $ programming from home?

Posted 16 January 2016 - 11:03 AM

Just technical support. I think instances of lawsuits are few and far between.

I've freelanced my rent a few times while unemployed, but it's such a hassle to write code for someone else in that format and get paid.

As far as selling software myself - that has an obligation of support I don't feel is worth it in most cases.
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 11:08 AM

Dare I point out that we have an entire "freelance" section? Or is proper forum structure too much?

& to keep things on topic, yes, I've done everything from post items for sale on eBay, to custom code eBay auctions, to custom coding websites, to eventually running a business for 11 years doing everything from coding applications, to websites, to seo, web-hosting, & lots of hardware items in between. I made money at home, & improved on that from moving it out of home.
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 11:10 AM

I personally have never worked at a software company. I have worked from home and developed software that has licensed for over $60k per license. Has it been a headache? Yes and No. Honestly... the worst part for me has been once there is interest. The cost of the license creates a process of company internal meetings and approvals. It can take a year after a company agrees they want your software. You have to have patience... and a ton of it. And you have to include a maintenance agreement or you could watch your profits go right out the door. So far I have had good success. So far....

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 11:10 AM

Sounds like you have a lot of it figured out. I would advocate maybe framing it all in a blog post for others to read.
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 11:11 AM

Thank you for bringing up my mistake. Please move it to the right forum. My apologies.
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Re: Anyone make any $ programming from home?

Posted 16 January 2016 - 12:01 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 16 January 2016 - 02:10 PM, said:

Sounds like you have a lot of it figured out. I would advocate maybe framing it all in a blog post for others to read.

I second this. I'd be very interested on reading it.
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