I've been building open source software for the past 10 years. And I always thought that monetization was evil.
It took me a while to realize that money is not evil, money is oxygen.
In December 2019, I decided to learn more about sales. So I went to Amazon and bought several books.
In the end, I only read one - but I quickly realized that if I really wanted to learn this, I'd have to practice it in real life.
I love my job and I was definitely not looking to leave it. However, you can always start a side project, and that's what I decided to do.
I opened GitHub, looked at my open source projects, and built a plan around monetizing Dracula, which is a dark theme for developers.
At first, this seemed like a crazy idea. Who would buy a color scheme for their code editors?
When you start, there are all these inner voices trying to stop you, but deep down, I knew I could build something meaningful.
In February 2020, I launched and... people started to buy. The feeling of receiving even $1 for your side project is unbelievable.
It's really hard to explain. It opens your eyes to a different reality.
If you're considering creating a side project, stop waiting, and do it. Do it now. I mean it, close this page and start it right now.
I'm sure you're not going to regret it a couple of months from now.
If you're curious about this side project I created, you can check it out here: https://draculatheme.com/pro