First experience of selling something I built

Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/sagunsh/status/1274290765380775937

Back in February I created a simple news aggregator for Coronavirus. Basically I wanted keep myself updated about the virus and how other countries are being affected. Live website - https://visualizenow.org/corona-news

Few weeks ago when I was looking for some freelance gigs here and there, I came to know about r/forhire subreddit. So I made a post there about my Python skills and what I have done in the past. I also listed this website in my portfolio.

Soon after I got a message from a guy saying he has some projects and if I can help him. I shared my email and he emailed me saying he wants to buy the news aggregator to which I replied it's already on github https://github.com/sagunsh/corona-live and you are free to use it.

He insisted that I help him with deployment and teach him the basics of how to make sure the site is running. So I asked him to get a VPS from Linode and helped him with deployment and make the website live. Got paid $100 for my work.

Although it's only $100 but the satisfaction of making a sale is very new to me. I have only worked on projects for people, not sold something that I built entirely for myself. And $100 for 1-2 hours of work is not too bad.

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    Hey congrats on the success! $100 is nothing to sneeze at. A nice dinner out if not some groceries and cell phone bill.

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    Congratulations on the surprise earning :)

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    Sold money is better money, it comes with endorphins.
    Congrats on making a sale!

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    Should have asked for $500 :D

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      lol... why would he? He was not doing it for money.

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        I would have agreed on $50 but he said $100 so I thought sure why not let's make some money.

  5. 1

    That's a nice story. And a nice feeling :)

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      yeah specially for someone like me who have never sold anything

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    Congrats! I also come from a non sales background and started a company. I really feel exhilarated every time I make a sale even after 2 years of running a company. Best wishes for the future.

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      Yes since I don't have any sales skill, it feels good to sell something without even trying lol

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