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What's the best way to make money through programming?   [Edit]

Survey period: 6 Sep 2010 to 13 Sep 2010

As much as we'd love to do what we do for free, our landlord can be very insistent on getting paid.

Get a job developing software40466.89
Build applications for others on contract25642.38
Sell what I build though an app store9916.39
Sell what I build on my own web site8614.24
Sell a service or product through a subscription model9816.23
Use a “free-mium” model where customers can use the application/service for free, but will be asked to pay for an upgraded version or for buying items within an app6610.93
Give away the app but charge for the data396.46
Put ads into my website or application599.77
Other (please describe)264.30
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%

View optional text answers (34 answers)

Generalstart a charity fundation Pin
swiszcz8-Sep-10 1:16
professionalswiszcz8-Sep-10 1:16 
GeneralRe: start a charity fundation Pin
Nitin S11-Sep-10 2:05
professionalNitin S11-Sep-10 2:05 
GeneralGet others to do it Pin
Vikram A Punathambekar7-Sep-10 17:46
Vikram A Punathambekar7-Sep-10 17:46 
GeneralJob and do the rest as a hobby Pin
Simon Dufour7-Sep-10 3:38
Simon Dufour7-Sep-10 3:38 
GeneralRe: Job and do the rest as a hobby Pin
Kunal Chowdhury «IN»7-Sep-10 9:14
professionalKunal Chowdhury «IN»7-Sep-10 9:14 
GeneralRecover From Previous Error Pin
W Balboos, GHB7-Sep-10 2:20
W Balboos, GHB7-Sep-10 2:20 
GeneralRe: Recover From Previous Error Pin
Yusuf7-Sep-10 6:00
Yusuf7-Sep-10 6:00 
GeneralRe: Recover From Previous Error Pin
Kunal Chowdhury «IN»7-Sep-10 9:16
professionalKunal Chowdhury «IN»7-Sep-10 9:16 
GeneralRisk vs Reward Pin
Old Nic6-Sep-10 22:29
Old Nic6-Sep-10 22:29 
I know a few programmers who wrote a service and sold it on - they make a fairly good living that way. On the other hand, they did a lot of "sleeping in their car and eating out of dumpsters" while they built up enough customers to make it viable.

The most consistent way to make programming pay is to let your clients take that risk - either by selling hours on contract, or working for a software developer. You may not make a zillion dollars that way, but you are more likely to get paid.

I am sure there are a few people here who are paying their rent with their funky iPhone apps, but I'm guessing they are in the minority.
GeneralDepends Pin
Mike Hankey6-Sep-10 10:16
mveMike Hankey6-Sep-10 10:16 
GeneralRe: Depends Pin
Mycroft Holmes6-Sep-10 15:50
professionalMycroft Holmes6-Sep-10 15:50 
GeneralRe: Depends Pin
Mike Hankey6-Sep-10 16:59
mveMike Hankey6-Sep-10 16:59 
GeneralGet a job developing software.... Pin
koolprasad20036-Sep-10 6:15
professionalkoolprasad20036-Sep-10 6:15 
GeneralRe: Get a job developing software.... Pin
Kunal Chowdhury «IN»7-Sep-10 9:18
professionalKunal Chowdhury «IN»7-Sep-10 9:18 
GeneralDefine "best" Pin
peterchen6-Sep-10 4:23
peterchen6-Sep-10 4:23 
GeneralRe: Define "best" Pin
Mycroft Holmes6-Sep-10 15:44
professionalMycroft Holmes6-Sep-10 15:44 
GeneralRe: Define "best" Pin
Nitin S11-Sep-10 2:08
professionalNitin S11-Sep-10 2:08 
GeneralGet a job ... Pin
Maximilien6-Sep-10 4:08
Maximilien6-Sep-10 4:08 

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