What can a programmer do to make some money?

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Hello all,

I am a full time software developer and build large web based applications for my company. I build things that would cost thousands of dollars to buy but cant seem to translate that into a side project.

Any ideas for a programmer who wants to build some passive side income?
#make #money #programmer
  • Profile picture of the author Valdor Kiebach
    Put yourself on the freelance sites as a programmer, offer your services in this forum under the 'warriors for hire' section. Look in the WSO's for wordpress plugins and other webscripts / Saas offers and create your own.
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  • A great thing for you to do would be to start selling scripts.

    A lot of people have custom software that they want developed that would cost $X,xxx to built but don't want to put in $X,xxx. Instead you could charge $XX-$XXX for the software but also sell the script online on forums like WF.

    I think I heard about someone like this on the Smart Passive Income podcast but I am not sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author ussher
    I feel your pain. Its only after you've put the effort into building something cool that you realize "It can be utter crap with a great marketing effort and its going to sell better than something which is technically awesome but doesn't have any marketing."

    Try teaming up with a marketer who knows what they want, that has a limited scope, that you know that you can build, and the marketer has a proven track record.

    (alternative idea: ) Or build modules for an existing system that has a delivery path.

    Come build some modules for Jamroom CMS as the delivery path is setup for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author SlfMastery
    PASSIVE income?

    Hmmmm, could you do a (video) course on how to do something specific? You could sell that on Udemy for some passive sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author kenzo22
    You can create some tutorials and sell them on the Web. Also, you can create a few convenient scripts and also sell them. Do once, earn many times from it
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperKC
    I pay my programmers really well but they work hard. The problem is that your 'corporate' job is paying you $xxx,xxx.. when in reality the 'real world' where people know what programming is actually worth the they are only willing to pay $xx,xxx.. and in even more knowledge areas and forums they only pay $x,xxx. Corporations still don't work on 'results' but rather just run around guessing what technology is and paying stupid people to people in place.
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  • Profile picture of the author shaneburgess
    Thanks for the feedback everyone.

    The good news is that I decided to checkout Freelancer to see what I might be able to do. I tried Odesk but nothing ever really panned out so I was hesitant to try Freelancer but I landed my first gig within a day of signing up. They seem to have a better listing of jobs than Odesk does.

    So that is a start for me, I think that this project that I have landed might be able to be generalized and sold over and over again as well.

    If you need a programmer: https://www.freelancer.com/u/shaneburgess.html

    So being that WF is now a Freelancer property, I wanted to share my feedback.
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  • according to me freelancing don't pay like a good website or script you can develop.
    Therefore I suggest to work on some new ideas to sell.
    Nowadays I seen many website developers have a passive income creating sites or webservices with recurring payments. For me this is the best way to go on
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    • Profile picture of the author shaneburgess
      Originally Posted by Antonio De Santis View Post

      according to me freelancing don't pay like a good website or script you can develop.
      Therefore I suggest to work on some new ideas to sell.
      Nowadays I seen many website developers have a passive income creating sites or webservices with recurring payments. For me this is the best way to go on
      Something interesting came out of the freelance gig. The app that I am building is not proprietary nor was it asked to be so I might be able to start selling it to other companies in need of similar software. With minimal modifications.

      I will keep you updated on how that goes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    Have you considered creating a product for sale as a WSO, depending on how much time you have to invest in projects, you could do very well, there are a few hard core, programmers around here but not nearly as many are as talented as they think they are.

    I think the biggest issue facing the professional programmer these days, is they are used to getting around $125.00 per hour and the rate that most people without the resources of a big company to back them up is a lot less money.

    Still, you could do a lot with a synergistic venture.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Stewart
    Come up with a product that solves a problem that businesses are having. Go out to local businesses with your notebook and show them how your solution solves their problem. I know of a few people locally who are doing this very successfully. One idea is a customer management product for salons.

    Your chances of success with a B2B model are much better than a business to consumer model.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketingtoools
    Originally Posted by shaneburgess View Post

    Hello all,

    I am a full time software developer and build large web based applications for my company. I build things that would cost thousands of dollars to buy but cant seem to translate that into a side project.

    Any ideas for a programmer who wants to build some passive side income?
    Register on Elance, oDesk and offer your services. Do some minor jobs to get reputation then after you get a good reputation go for bigger jobs. After some time you will get an idea for side project.
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  • Start with creating something new software which is in demand, it will be good for passive income
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  • Profile picture of the author atatari
    Being a freelancer is not about money, but rather about having an opportunity to challenge yourself with some interesting tasks. You choose what to work on, not your employer. However, no matter what area we are talking about, if you're willing to cash BIG on something, you've got to find out where the money is in that area. In the programming area money is in the sales. If you create something cool and then sell it, you could potensially live off that product for years
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  • Profile picture of the author JenChan
    You could create scripts and sell it in codecanyon.
    Or browse wordpress plugins and Joomla extensions and see which areas are lacking.

    For instance in Joomla, its lacking some good auction extension, CRM native to Joomla, etc... Base on my experience these are the areas that are really difficult to find in Joomla.

    I am not an expert in Wordpress but it has a very huge market for you as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author thedaydreamer
    Well, most people here have suggested to go for freelancing or provide any other programming related services to the client. However, that process is slow and will only make you money proportional to the hours you put.

    However, there are lots of "hacks" available, being a programmer you must be already familiar with what I mean. For example, if you are a programmer and you also happen to have good ideas, you should create a good product which people will be ready to pay for. Internet is filled with crapy products, even if you manage to make a product with major improvements on a good idea, it should be good to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayCununk
    Learn to do a little graphic work and develop an app for either android or ios. It's honestly not hard to learn and if you know marketing you can make some serious earnings.
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  • Profile picture of the author martinluther
    There is no lack of development project for expert developers. Firstly, develop the expertise on particular platform. Then go for social media sites (Facebook, twitter, Google Plus, Linkedin) and create pages about your profession. Try to interact with the other people and build strong profile on these sites to get benefit for long term.
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  • Profile picture of the author Night Dreamz
    Private me , I will tell you the plan from which you can earn money a lot more than your expectations.
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  • Profile picture of the author kingjpm
    I stand at the end of the street and hold up a cardboard sign "Will Code 4 Food" (I am joking) No offense if you are at this point. I had to work for myself, because I could not find any sustainable career income, even after going to college. That's politics, but I moved on. Hit me up, I am always looking to create the next cool program
    I been looking into developing some C++ based exe apps. Seems everyone wants to follow what everyone else does. So, I am trying to innovate to break the mold. Lets make the competition work for food
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    Originally Posted by shaneburgess View Post

    I am a full time software develope
    Do you have a resume that proves this?
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  • Profile picture of the author sathuri
    if you are good at some programming language then make a video tutorial of that language and put that course on udemy , download some beta or demo version of costly software which is popular and remake
    it with some new feature added and sell it for cheap , many other alternatives like selling your services on sites like freelance,odesk,elance etc , or patner with someone who has ideas but does not know coding.
    there is a lot of hope for people like you so dont get frustrated .
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