A few days ago in an article that I published here on the blog, I commented on an excellent proposal to those who seek the way to be able to monetize your open source projects with the help of storj.
Storj is a fully decentralized storage solution and open source that offers a business model similar to Airbnb for users who have additional storage and bandwidth.
You can consult more of the details of this publication In the following link.
Today's I will present another excellent alternative that you can use so that you can earn income from the open source projects that many of you develop.
We will talk a little about IssueHunt which is a new platform which is being promoted as an excellent proposition so that developers from all over the world can obtain benefits for their developments.
One of the problems many developers and open source companies face is financing.
There is an assumption, even an expectation, among the community that Free and Open Source Software should be provided at no cost.
Although nor it must be like that, many applications are distributed for free, but the problem is the cost of maintaining these applications and of course the developers do not feed on a simple thank you.
That is why some applications (it is rare in Linux) usually include ads in order to obtain some income or offer the installation of some extra application.
Another way to monetize these projects is by including advertising on their websites or requesting a donation to the cause.
Although, for this case, they can make use of IssueHunt which offers a service that pays independent developers to contribute to open source code.
The product came about when the developers behind the Boostnote note-taking app reached out to the community to make contributions to their own product.
In the first two years of using IssueHunt, Boostnote received more than 8,400 stars from Github through hundreds of contributors and overwhelming donations.
The product was so successful that the team decided to open it up to the rest of the community.
Today, a list of projects uses this service, offering thousands of dollars in rewards between them.
How do you offer the earnings?
It does through what are called rewards: financial rewards given to whoever solves a certain problem.
Funding for these rewards comes from anyone who is willing to donate to have any feature added or bug fixed.
If there is a problem with open source software they can offer a reward amount of their choice to the fixer.
If you are a programmer you can browse the open requests and fix the problem, for this you just need to submit a pull request in the GitHub repository and if your pull request is merged you will get the money.
Boostnote features $ 2,800 in total rewards, while Settings Synchronization, formerly known as Visual Studio Code Settings Sync, offers more than $ 1,600 in rewards.
There are other services that offer something similar to what IssueHunt qperhaps the most notable is Bountysource , which offers a reward service similar to IssueHunt, while also offering a subscription payment process similar to Librepay.
This is an excellent proposal for both developers and programmers who are looking for a way to get some extra income.
Also, looking at it another way, there are many people who usually create their applications for the simple merit of sharing with others and I have found over the years many very good and promising applications that simply stop continuing with a development due to the fact that the developer does not have time because he focuses on his life and work.
With this you can leave in the hands of others who have the disposition and the time that can help maintain your application.