5 comments

  • Chris KalaniChris Kalani, over 5 years ago

    Agreed. Nowadays everything has to be a "product"... we used to just call them websites.

    3 points
  • Joe Blau, over 5 years ago

    I run an open source project that costs me about 40 bucks a year, but it gets over 40k hits a month. I'm not trying to monetize it, but my friend keeps insisting i'm leaving money on the table. I'm just building it to fun and to see how big I can grow it organically.

    3 points
  • Sam SolomonSam Solomon, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    One thing to consider about side projects is the time investment for maintenance. One of my most popular projects was a collection of interviews. When I started working longer hours, there was less and less time to produce interviews.

    http://signaltower.co/

    Now when I create things, I try and consider how much maintenance it will need in the future.

    1 point
  • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, over 5 years ago

    I'll offer a counter-point: knowing how to monetize a project is a skill that needs to be learned like any other. The more practice you get, the better you'll be.

    1 point
    • Brian Gilham, over 5 years ago

      I don't disagree – it's something I've done many times. But thinking that every side project needs to be monetized feels really limiting.

      0 points