You feel you’ve developed great software? This does not guarantee that you would be able to immediately sell it and become billionaires like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Walden Schmidt from “Two and a Half Men”. You eventually need to move away from the screen, leave your programming hobby, and start telling people what your software is good at and sell it like a true salesman.
Let’s say you have built your software—you have tested all its function and fixed all the bugs you can find. You have assured its instruction will perform the specific tasks you planned, whether it is application software or system software. Now it’s time to find users who find the software important, not to mention interesting.
If you made a scanner code that will automatically count and verify the places of the items, you might consider selling it to big business with wide sales distribution. If you made an app that can recognize songs based on random words or your own humming, you can count on the young adults and music fanatics to consider your software. Who you are talking to depends greatly on what your software is all about. To carefully measure who you should talk to, try to put yourself on their shoe. What can a teenager do with a great power-point-alike-software for example? Also, aside the fact that they might need it, would they actually go and buy it themselves?
As you know, for system software, the program files can be pretty heavy in terms in size. Would you prefer selling it from your own website? This might be tricky, as there is a chance your program actually gets super popular also means that you would need larger bandwidth requirements. You can always use other website to host your software. People can go those websites and download it, but there is always chances this might irritate your buyers, hence will not increase software sales. Where you choose to host it depends also on where you find your intended audience. You can start planning a marketing strategy that can make you aim well your targets. You can go to websites and start suggesting your software creation, as well as describing the benefits of its functions.
While you’re at the websites, you can dig to forums to see how much competition you have. If you are one of the lucky geniuses who actually made original software, try to research other more comparable software at different platforms. You might consider opening a dialogue with some users and experts to determine the market price of your new invention.
Now it’s time to create your own website, having your software ready in CDs (if they are big in sizes), and start promoting it. Be as bold as you possibly can. Remember, inventors are sometimes considered silly. People might not understand you or the software that you are proposing. Be gentle and explain gently. Who knows, your software might be big hit wonder.
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