How to make money from Open Source

  •        0

As open source getting popular day by day, many have questions like How to make money from Open Source? Lot more products are getting introduced and don't know who is making money. Certainly open source means, give the product and source for free then how to make money? Yes sell the product for free but get paid for its services.

Beta Testing / Code Contribution: If you are the owner of the product then you could get beta testing and code contributions for free or for some minimal pay. If you are a contributor, Pick the right product and work for them. You may get paid.

Donation: Most open source products will have a link for donation. This is starting point. Few make really good money on this. They even list the people names who have donated. They will also send some receipt to get tax exemptions.

Sponsor: Most of the open source products do have some sponsors. They would have mentioned the list of sponsors on the right side of the page. If you get some sponsor then it would help you to grow faster. They would invest in your product.

Enterprise Edition: Most of the open source products has dual licensing support, open source edition and Professional or Enterprise edition. If you are able to sell Enterprise edition then this would bring more money and this will make your organization to grow. Enterprise edition do have 24/7 support services.

Training and Consulting: Few do training and consulting by themselves. Take Lucid Imagination, they do consulting on search engine products Lucene and Solr. Sliverstripe Open Source CMS provides loads of other services like hosting, integration etc. Most of the products cannot be used as it is. They require some extra development or modification to suit your needs. Google will throw huge list of results for Drupal and Joomla consulting firms. You may not be the owner of the product but you could provide training and consulting.

Sell Add-ons: Give the base product for free and sell add-on modules. Check out Snowcovered, they sell DotNetNuke add-ons. Add-on module will bring good money.

At last its not easy to make money from Open Source. You require clear focus about the product. Don't jump in just to make money there are other stuffs available.


Related Articles

Benefits in contributing to Open Source

  • open-source opensource contribute benifits

What the benefit will i get, if i contribute to Open Source? This is the frequently asked question by many people. I just want to pen down the benefits which i know and i hope you will agree with it.

Read More

Why Experienced Programmers Should Contribute to Open Source

  • contribute open-source

People who have taken programming as their career has to do coding for almost 30 years. Will they always get an opportunity to do complex tasks or to write project from scratch? The answer is NO. Sometimes they may get but not always. What should they do?

Read More

Crowdfunding for Open Source Projects

  • free crowdfunding open-source

Open Source projects requires sponsors to fund their project. Few got good funding but few others are struggling to continue their project. A contributor, who does full time work in open source project requires funding to take care his needs. He has to be paid and he cannot do it for free. For those who don't get fund, check out this crowdfunding sites, these are exclusively for open source projects. Join these, get some fund and continue your dream.

Read More

10 sites to get the large data set or data corpus for free

  • search test-data large-data-set data-corpus dataset

You may require GBs of data to do performance or load testing. How your app behaves when there is loads of data. You need to know the capacity of your application. This is the frequently asked question from the sales team "The customer is having 100GB of data and he wants to know whether our product will handle this? If so how much RAM / Disk storage required?". This article has pointers to the large data corpus.

Read More

How to contribute to open source

  • opensource contribute

I could see many many students posting this question in many forums, I want to contribute to open source but How to contribute? There are many ways to do that. I have listed a few and I hope it might be useful.

Read More

How to create SEO friendly url

  • seo url searchengine

SEO friendly URL is recommended for any website which wants to be indexed and wants its presence in search results. Searchengine mostly index the static URL. It will avoid the URL which has lot of query strings. Almost all websites generate content dynamically then how could the URL be static. That is the job of the programmer.

Read More

Open source is the backbone for Startups

  • opensource open-source startups

Many startups are entering in to the business due to open source. Open source acts as a back bone / pillar for their business. It reduces the cost of production, Generates revenue from consulting and support. This article describes about the startups which flourished because of open source. Sun acquired MySQL for $1Bn is the biggest achievement for open source startups.

Read More

How to learn from open source projects

  • open-source learning methodology

Students ask this question frequently steps or methodology to learn from open source projects. There is no single answer or steps available. I listed the steps which i follow and i hope this will help for few.

Read More

Microsoft released F# under Open Source

  • fsharp opensource

F# is a functional programming language for the .NET Framework. It combines the succinct, expressive and compositional style of functional programming with the runtime, libraries, interoperability, and object model of .NET. Microsoft recently released its source code under Apache License.

Read More

Marketing stratigies required to sell open source product

  • opensource selling promote

Many new products are coming in the open source world. Few are forking existing project, adding new features to it and selling it as open source product. Few strategies required to follow to sell the product better.

Read More