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mister harbies
26-05-2005, 02:51 PM
Hi fellow F1ers,

I have an idea to improve an application (a scheduling application), but I feel that with all my ideas, it could be worthy of its own application.

Could I contract someone to create my application and I get royalties from the sales, or do I just send my ideas to a company and they would arrange some form of benefit for me?

Could I learn an programming language just so I could make this program, or would this basically be wasting my time?

Or would it be better to work on an extension for Mozilla. Less work?

Graham L
26-05-2005, 06:35 PM
The easy part is writing the programme. The second or third version, after many users have discovered the flaws, might be worth selling. Making money from it would be the difficult part. Apart from distribution, providing support is expensive.

Have a look at the sourceforge.net site for scheduling projects. These are people who are doing such things as "open" software ... free. That is your competition. Look at the code they produce. That's how difficult it is. ;)

Do a Google serach for "shareware" and you'll probably still be able to find guides to marketing software by the shareware scheme.

Learning a programming language is always a good idea. However, the first programme you write is unlikely to be of marketable quality. ;)

Hiring a programmer is likely to be expensive.

How do you find a company you can trust with your ideas. And with due respect, the ideas are quite likely to be not all that original ...

Buy a lotto ticket. That has a very small chance of a financial return.

pctek
26-05-2005, 06:39 PM
Hi fellow F1ers,

I have an idea to improve an application (a scheduling application), but I feel that with all my ideas, it could be worthy of its own application.

Could I contract someone to create my application or do I just send my ideas to a company

Microsoft are well known for pinching, oh sorry, using someone elses ideas.. :D