Discover practical steps on how to make money online creating and selling software
Do you know you could be making huge money online simply by creating and selling software online?
The beauty of this is that you don’t need to know how to write codes before you can start creating and selling software.
What you need is an idea that will sell itself.
Take, for instance, the owner of copyblogger is not a programmer, yet he has one of the best software (i.e. genesis framework) which happened to be one of the best WordPress frameworks for developing
unique, custom, and professional looking WordPress sites.
He is really making it. How was he able to do so? That’s what I want to share with you in this post. More so, for you to be successful, I want you to note that outsourcing is crucial in this model I will show you
How to get the creation of a software project:
1) Find the Right Idea and Software
First and foremost, what you need to do is to look for the right idea for your software. How do you do this?
Look for what people are really dearly in need of. Then, look for a way to automate it. Secondly, you can take a look at software in your area of interest and check out if people are really buying or downloading this software.
Some of these ideas could be useful tools to set you up in coming with great ideas:
- Keyword research tools
- Data aggregators
- Data analyzers
- WordPress plugins
Again, am re-emphasizing that you develop software for a market that you know is in need of this software and there is a demand for it.
The best way to find out if your idea is good is to find something similar in the market and see if this is selling.
Here is what you can also do… you can find software tools that are already on the market and simply improve them by adding more features to it.
The best place to start is by using open-source tools and sees how you can better improve or add more features as stated earlier.
Another way to locate software that works is through forums like the black hat world, and warrior forum.
At this point, what you will do is to write them out and their features, what they are doing well, and their shortcomings.
…This is what will give you an edge over the others. Why? Because, the moment you able to discover their shortcomings, you can take advantage of that to your own benefits.
Lastly, another place you can find great ideas is through a marketplace like clickbank.com, shareasale.com, and paydotcom.com. Search for products that are already selling on these platforms and use that to create a unique and better-improved version.
Once you are through with this, you can then move on to the next phase which is the design of the software.
2) The Software Design Phase
To design your software – you have to code it; and since you can’t code, you will need to look for a good coder who will bring your idea to life. How? By going to sites like elance where you get to find programmers and software engineers.
To do this, you have to publish that you are looking for coders stating your specifications, and budgets you planned on investing.
Then, wait for developers to start bidding.
The minimum day is to wait for at least 2 to 4 days for more programmers to have bidded for your job.
Then start asking them the same question so as to be able to filter out the best man for the job. The programmer must be available on Skype, in this way you will be able to communicate with him so as to ensure smooth development of the project.
Why Skype? Skype has a screen sharing feature that makes it easy to explain exactly what you want to do and how things are supposed to work.
Choosing The Right coder For The Job
The best way you can get the best man for your job is to read the comments of those they’ve worked with. The comment will tell you everything you need to know. Why? Because if they mess up with any of their client’s job, the client will leave a negative comment… this is bad for business.
More so, send them a quick message. i.e. the ones you are okay with. Send messages through Skype to note their response rate. If it takes more than 2 days to respond back to your message, simply remove them from your list.
The right one will definitely respond on the same day you send the message and will be more than willing to chat you up on Skype.
The next step is to give the developer more details about your project and you should ask what their area of expertise is.
Tell him that you are looking for someone who feels more comfortable taking the project and someone, who is confident in delivering the final result. My advice is to interview about 6 programmers before making your final decision.
Once you choose the one that suits you best, make sure you maintain good communication with him throughout the development of your software.
Communication With Your Programmer
If you do the initial interview very well as stated above, you won’t have any challenges communicating with your programmer. Why? Communication goes a long way. Especially if you really want a successful project in time.
At this stage, you have to chat with the programmer through Skype and show him/her how you want the software to work. In fact, you can even take screenshots while explaining what you are doing using your Skype.
Since Skype has the capability of sharing screens and even take screenshots.
…After that, you would want to upload it to amazon s3 and send the link to the programmer so that he/she will be able to see the video or images. Then after that, ask other questions.
Tell each programmer that you want him to log in daily via Skype and keep you informed about the progress of your project.
When your programmer is ready to show the first demo, the beta testing phase begins here. This is going to be a very important phase because you want to make sure that the software doesn’t have any serious errors in the first version.
Beta Testing And Payment
When you receive the first demo of the alpha phase of your software you need to try it. It is very essential that you test all the functions of your software and make a list of the errors you find. If you find any error, contact the programmer to correct it.
After the correction of your software, you will then move on to the second phase which is the beta phase. The beta phase is composed of 2 phases of beta testing. The initial test is done for you and the second phase is carried out by the users.
Therefore, it’s advisable to have at least 10 to 20 people for the beta test because there is more chance of finding errors that you have missed.
I would advise you not to rush and release your software for the general public without the beta testing phase is over. Doing so risks a large number of refunds and customer support tickets. This is no good for business.
Why? Because, it will eventually ruin your reputation; nonetheless, you are not looking for something perfect either.
Because, there is nothing perfect, that’s why you will always see different versions of software of the same product and from the same company. Your goal is to make the main features work correctly.
After the initial beta testing phase, it is a good idea to pay a bonus to the programmer. This makes them feel good to work for you and so they will always respond to your messages when you need them.
After the beta testing phase, it is necessary to ensure that you have all the source code in your possession. Then you can continue with the payment – If you are using Upwork all this transaction will be done through escrow.
The next phase is to make money from the software you’ve just created…
3) Delivery Of The Software To The Public
Yeah, you now have software of your own you can be proud of. The next thing you would want to do is to create an independent site for the project. I.e. sales page for your new software: After that, you must come up with a sound marketing plan on how you will sell the item. Yes, you have to think about how you will be selling it.
Why I liked software so much is because, if it’s in demand, it will definitely sell no matter what… so the job is to make sure you do the right thing.
How do you do this? You need to perform a video shot using Camtasia or any other video recording software to demonstrate how your software functions and how it will be useful for your potential clients.
Let’s face the truth. People are selfish. The first thing will want to look out for is how it will improve their bottom line.
So, do a good job friend. Software with keyword research tools, data aggregators, and data analyzers, can be put on sale in affiliate networks such as ShareaSale.com, Clickbank.com, Rakuten Affiliate Network, etc.
To sell WordPress plugins the best place is to put them on sale in the Market place like Themeforest, and even the WordPress official website if its WordPress plugin.
So far, I have highlighted out how you can become a software owner without knowing how to write one single line of code before creating and selling software.
What you need is a sound idea that can sell itself any time any day. As you can see, I have shown you how to come up with good ideas for your next projects. In addition, I also talked about selecting the right programmer for your project as well.
Now it’s up to you. Do you still want to make money online by creating and selling your own software? Just follow the plans I have laid out for you.
Please note: marketing cannot be excluded. Why? Because, even if you have the best product and there is no one to use the software, it will be a waste of your time, resource, and energy, and even money. So my idea is for you to be able to come up with a good marketing plan and budget for it.
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