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Rudra Pratap
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How I Sold My Side Project!๐Ÿค‘

Hi everyone in this blog I will share my story how I sold one of my projects called "beSocial" for 30 USD to a foreign client.

Last year, in November I built a social-media-cum-blogging platform called "beSocial", which featured all the basic functionalities that are found in typical social media site: like share post, like/dislike, comment, follow/unfollow etc.

The project was made using Nodejs, Expressjs, Mongodb and other NPM libraries. I hosted it on Render.com in free tier. The website was minimalistic and easy to operate. It took me a week to design and develop it from scratch.

After deploying and getting beSocial live, I decided to sell it on sideprojectors.com, a platform where you can list your side projects. I listed beSocial for $30.

In May, I got an email from a person in Kenya, he was interested in buying the source-code of beSocial. I created a sales agreement and sent it to him. After three days he sent me $30 through PayPal and I, as per the agreement sent him the complete proper documentation along with the code, wrapped in a zip file, to him.

beSocial live link (it may take a while to load): beSocial

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Insights

  • Make useful tools/softwares using whatever programming knowledge you have, and list them on websites like sideprojectors.com.

  • You should create a proper documentation of your project.

  • If you consider your project worth solving people needs, share it on social media like LinkedIn, Twitter etc.


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I am a newcomer in Dev.to community, I will highly appreciate if you will like this post!
I have the full source code along with proper documentation, if anyone want, reach me at merudra.official@gmail.com

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Na Bosseu

I think it's too cheap for complex project especially like sosmed

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Rudra Pratap

Yes I also think so. I will be vigilant next time:)

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Kiran Randhawa

Selling so low also brings the market down. We should be trying to keep the value of our work high not devaluing our profession.

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Rudra Pratap

Correctly said.

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Peter Vivo

I think hard to earn direct money with startup software selling. Onestly this design looks quite old, and dont't put together to nice. But this is no problem, you put a little effort to modify. Shortest way is start using tailwind, and take look some modern design, for example dev.io design. If you would like find your own style maybe try some AI image generator that is help a lot or take look on pinterest

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Rudra Pratap

In this project I deliberately used retro look. In future projects I will definately incorporate modern tools.
Thank you

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Aaron Reese

Playing Devil's advocate...
Simple layout and basic CSS makes it really easy to build and host. If the buyer just wanted something simple but functional and only had a small budget then this is what they should expect.

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Max Sveshnikov

I Also want to sell my project mangatv.shop ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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Cocoandrew

I just checked it out , wow its really wonderful but isn't there a way to add each pages of the manga as the video

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Max Sveshnikov

You mean, transition videos? I will try ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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NIKHIL CM

Thank you for sharing this. i ddin't know that there are services that you have listed.

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Rudra Pratap

Welcome

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Abdulla Fajal

I also want to sell my project Espere.in

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Rudra Pratap

Oh nice!

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Fabio Rotondo

You should consider publishing your scripts also on CodeCanyon

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Rudra Pratap

Thanks

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Windya Madhushani

Thank you for sharing.

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Rudra Pratap

You are welcome

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Fabian Reinders

This is really interesting, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ‘
Congrats for selling the project! ๐Ÿš€

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Rudra Pratap

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Hamed Naghdi

Just 30??? Don't you think it's too cheap? And also you make market down.

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Rudra Pratap • Edited

Next time, I will take care of this.

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Abdulla Fajal

I also want to sell my project espere.in

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Rudra Pratap

good luck

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Rayjay-8

And what about the frontend? Did you use pure HTML and JS?

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Rudra Pratap • Edited

Yes,

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Scofield Idehen

Yes, i think you can use JS and HTML, but you would have to learn their syntax

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Swadesh Behera

Hey Devs. Can you suggest any price, for how much I should sell litekart.in?

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Cocoandrew

can you add the link please

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Swadesh Behera
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Swadesh Behera

Hey Devs. Can you suggest any price, for how much I should sell litekart.in

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Bernd Wechner • Edited

I seriously doubt many devs can help you here. That is a business question and a website like yours (and most websites I guess and pretty much any busines too) is what I think in the new parlance, we'd call non fungible.

What that means to you is the price is as long as a piece of string. In other words, the subject of negotiation between you and any prospective buyer.

There are ways of valuing a business, but you may not like them. For a standard business, the common market price will be a function of the books, that is the finances. Typically, if investing due diligence demands that the last 5 years or so of business financials are available for scrutiny, independently audited and a buyer will want to amortise their investment (earn the money they spend on your site back) within about 5 years and be looking to find evidence that this is likely/possible in the books. sideprojectors.com looks like a great place where those things happen ... helping to find an audience.

That is, however, for a going concern or a running business. For a startup with no revenue yet, it's really down to what we call, the gift of the gab. There is fundamentally no starting point that can be arrived at by looking at your site alone, the starting point is what you believe this site can earn in the coming 5 years ... or alternately, if you sunk costs into building it, a clear presentation of those, and the margin (positive or negative) you're seeking and why.

I'm not aware of, and doubt there is, any functional open market for arbitrary startups, websites, or businesses. It is a case by case sale, pitch, marketing etc. Of course sideprojectors.com looks like a great place to do all that, and find an audience.

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Max Sveshnikov

Thanks for suggestion, just submitted my project thereโ˜บ๏ธ

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Andrew March

I think (hope) you mean โ€œcomeโ€ not โ€œcumโ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Rudra Pratap

Ha Ha Ha

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Kiran Randhawa

I can't help but feel that you sold yourself short. That's a lot of logic for $30.