What are the possibilities to make a business if I decide to publish my software as Open Source? How can I test if a business model works for me?


Typically open-source projects that end up generating a profit have an active product that's already being used.

So step 1. Is to open source it and see if anyone uses it - then you can make money in a bunch of ways.

Checkout Wordpress, MySQL, Linux for examples - but typically it's providing paid devices for either hosting, managing or customizing the software.

The hardest part is getting others to use and contribute to it.

Answered 7 years ago

Fully agree with Dan.

The most important question is: could you build a community around your software?

Which, by the way, will no longer be your software.

Hope this helps

PS: I am currently selling Open Source Software (OSS) and the key is to be competing with proprietary software (not other OSS companies)


Answered 7 years ago

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