Long before this quarantine period, we all are living in, I’ve been thinking about having a passive income somehow. In the past years, every article that I wrote, every piece of code or full applications that I did as side projects, I shared for free. Every time I had these thoughts of monetizing the side-projects I’ve built, I’d be stuck questioning myself: Would someone be willing to pay for what I have to say? Would someone buy a single front-end component? As you already guessed, never got the answer.
Lately, I’ve been feeling the need of trying to test myself to build something profitable – I don’t mean tons of money, but enough to get happy about getting paid for something I usually do for free, such as open-source coding. While thinking about it, I came up with a couple of ideas.
The first one is to make this personal blog more content rich about my experiences in software development and other areas as well – bike touring? It would give me enough articles to write a book later.
The second one is actually due to the popularity of a web component I wrote in 2016, as a code challenge. It has almost 30k views on CodePen and I keep receiving requests for support while people are trying to use it. It’s open-source now and one of my ideas would be to release a PRO version of it, with proper documentation and support to several frameworks.
Last but not least, another personal project of mine that might help someone else. Although there’s a lot of language-learning apps and sites, I was considering gathering information about the German language to create a resource to learn this language. The main reason is that is a way to keep practicing german out of the school and keep learning while I code. Win-win situation.
From all these three ideas, I’m keener to go for the third one, as it’s fresh on my mind and it definitely has a focus on people. On the other hand, the second one already has an audience and it might be easier to test it out.
Nevertheless the idea I go for, I need to put something out of the door. Ideas don’t need isolation.