If you have any side projects that you've built and that you no longer have time for, list them here and let's see if others want to buy it from you.
- http://www.tweepsect.com/ - Gets 300,000~600,000 pageviews per month (about 1/6 uniques), makes a couple hundred bucks from ads each month. Been around for almost 5 years.
- http://colorblendy.com/ - There's also a Chrome app (20k weekly users), website gets about 4,000~8,000 visits/month. I had some ideas for making a "Pro" edition with things like importing/exporting colors from/to CSS stylesheets. Probably need to do some more market research before diving into this.
- http://wedomainsearch.com/ - Few hundred visits per month, brand new (built several months ago). Fairly cool idea that is really valuable for founders/hobbyists, I use it all the time. Needs some love for promotion and monetization, though.
I love working on these little stand-alone projects (a few more here: http://shazow.net/, also my email address if you want to reach out), sometimes I wish I could just whip them out and sell them as a living but the code alone is never as valuable without putting in effort into growing the audience.
Thanks for putting it out there :)
I have a few more projects in the pipeline that I've been reluctant to publicize, but now I'm suddenly feeling more motivated, ha. :)
Unless you're reluctant because they need a cleanup, in which case, do that, and then post in next month's thread ;)
I realize that may sound weird. I'm ok with it.
Unfortunately not much happened with it. I joined Google to work on an in-house social analytics product, but most of it never launched. I've since left Google so I don't know what's going on in that department anymore.
I'm working on https://briefmetrics.com/ now, which is vaguely in the same space as SocialGrapple, sans the social for now. :) I'm considering introducing some social metrics into the email reports someday. I'm also working on splitting up the pieces of the project so that most of it can be open sourced and thereby guaranteeing some kind of continuity for loyal customers.
 http://antizapret.info/index.php --- see for yourself (22.214.171.124)
It erks me that different words 'stalkers' and 'stalking' are used to refer to the two parts of the graph, when there is no distinction between them.
Confused me that's all :)
The fundamental product I wanted to build is done, so it basically runs itself while I do business development and sales. Eventually I'll need to dive back into the code to add more features I have on the roadmap, but I work best when I "switch modes" for spans of several weeks at a time so it may be a while. :)
The current revenue is about $250/mo. I've been trying to focus more on agencies with many clients and offering them custom-branded whitelabel emails reports for their customers. Making some progress on that end.
At the same time, as you can tell, I kind of have a habit of doing other random projects on the side, so things take longer than they should. :)
I love projects like this, particularly because although the income seems modest, I frequently live in developing countries for long stretches, where $250/month trickling in pretty much pays for the necessities.
Here, I'll write it down just so I can get it out of my head. :)
* Hobby: $4/mo (paid yearly), limited to 1 site and 1 recipient
* Startup: $10/mo, unlimited sites, unlimited recipients
* Freelance: $35/mo, custom branding, 10 sites
* Studio: $85/mo, custom branding, 25 sites
* Agency: $150/mo, custom branding, 50 sites
It's a lot of plans but maybe the two-bucket separation would be manageable. Or maybe I need to do a more fluid $4-5/mo/custom-branded site plan, but pay-per-use plans typically doesn't perform as well for non-developers.
the simple idea is that you create your front-end application without an API (using standard Backbone best practices). when you start your application, Brainy can inspect your routes and models and create an API for you.
future potential includes something like websocket support (syncing data), and out-of-the-box server side rendering. i have both of these working but not complete.
i'm not exactly looking to sell the project, but i'd love to appoint a new owner to the application. it has a lot of potential i just simply can't prioritize it right now. my email is in my profile if anyone wants to talk about it.
edit: i'm giving away something i put a lot of time in for free and i'm getting downvoted. why am i not totally surprised.
UML diagrams via a URL. 1,000,000 page views per year. We sell 2-3 enterprise licenses per year. Customers include Microsoft, Intel, Bose, Lockheed Martin and Yahoo.
Struggling to find the time & energy to turn this hobby into a stronger business.
I also have some plans for monetizing further, but they need time or $$$.
Feel free to ping me tobin%tobinharris^com
Makes ~$1500+ in revenue on a monthly basis. Pretty low maintenance, just add levels every other week to keep engagement (~2 hours a month of work). 2600+ reviews, average 4.5 stars.
Box It: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/box-it!-dodge-the-dots-free/...
Another game, jezzball clone. 200+ 4.5 stars. ~$300 per month revenue. Can be much bigger than it is.
Started Instamotor.com with my partners and we're selling b/c we'd rather take the money now and put it into Instamotor than wait every month to get incremental value.
email in profile.
Menu and takeaway listings (mainly in the UK). Makes around $6,000 per year of Adsense. It's been fairly untouched since I started it in 2006. Has good pagerank for a lot of takeaway names. Costs are a Digital Ocean Droplet @ $5 a month = $60 per year.
(If I didn't already have too many projects to work on, I would seriously consider making you an offer, but alas...)
On the other hand, who in their right mind would pay that with nothing but some Adsense numbers and Google Analytics to go on. So to answer your question "What do I expect to get for it?" Nothing - I don't actually expect anyone to pay what I'd sell it for. And so I'll probably keep it forever.
The only situations that I can see panning out are
a) someone buying it for a brand (unlikely)
b) an established player buying it for the traffic and SEO reasons (a good move IMO)
c) someone with plans to monetize and/or grow it in different ways
or d) a fund is established which buys up all these scrappy little sites, monetizes and maintains them, and earns a steady 20% return for its investors.
I'd actually be very interested in working on d) if anyone wants to get in touch.
I interviewed there and it's pretty much an internet sweatshop, (read any Glassdoor review) and the sites run everything from LAMP to VB/Frontpage MS Access DB. They burn through employees at a quick clip and outsource everything to Romania and Mexico.
I'm sure the seller would decline $6,000 and accept $600,000. The buyer would be looking to find a point in between that both buyer and seller were happy with.
How did you seed it with restaurant menus in order to attract your first users? Was there (and when?) a tipping point when you had enough eyeballs that restaurants started to add their own menus?
At some point I'll write a blog post about this. I still have virtually zero engagement with takeaway owners.
It seems like a natural buyer would be someone like a student who wants to kick the tires of the whole running a small business thing, but start with a better baseline than merely "from scratch", mitigating some market risks, as it were, and reusing existing code.
What I like about this is that rather than all the research and development going to waste, it's helping someone else. So if you want to start a new thing, you can try to buy the closest thing that's already there, and stand on the shoulders of the previous generation.
There's an idea for a market place lurking in there somewhere. not so much from "get the most cash for your side project", but from the "find a good use for your old work" angle. I have a couple of projects I want to offload myself, and I care more about them being put to good use than about finding the highest bidder or whatever.
- Costs under $50 per month to run
- Generates anywhere from $200-$1200 per month, depending on the season (it gets big each December for some reason)
- 20,000-40,000 uniques each month
- native iOS and Android apps have ~10,000 installs each
If anyone happens to be interested, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serves 40 million images a month. It can generate small thumbnails or large screenshots of full-length Web pages. It runs itself and I rarely touch it, but I don't have time to improve and monetize it.
- Do you cache images? If so, how long are they cached?
- Are there any restrictions, beside adding the attribution link, for commercial usage?
I'm experimenting right now with moving the image capturing code to an App Engine managed VM to simplify things and make it scale easier.
Trailing Month, Google Analytics:
1.9 MM sessions, 1.2 MM users, 8.3 MM pageviews
Age - 9 years.
Database of ~60k song appearances in TV and movies.
Great SEO -- Google search for "<show_name> music"
Are all the songs user submitted or do you use content scrapers?
Send me a note from http://www.tunefind.com/contact and we can discuss.
Turn your phone into a remote control for the web. Works with:
- Spotify Web
- Hype Machine
- TuneIn Radio
- Google Play
Photoshop download resources. 15,000 visits / month.
Wake up call alarms personalized with Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc.
Email me if interested: email@example.com
- URL: http://www.tubalr.com
- Age: 3 1/2 years
- Cost to run: $9
- Registered Users: 28,009
- It's been wrote about on sites like mashable, techcrunch, fast company, the next web, etc. .. it's been on the front page of hackernews and reddit. Google for "tubalr" to read around the web.
- Traffic has died down a lot because I haven't spent the time taking it to the next level... it needs to be mobile.
- 37,992 pageviews monthly
- Average time on site: 1 hr 5 minutes
Anyways, like I said, shoot me an email if your seriously interested. I'd love to make my time spent on the project pay off by helping me pay for student loans...
Would love some funding, or for someone to take it over and help out with student loans.
Have you had any luck trying to sell it?
webNES (http://webn.es) - A mobile NES emulator for the browser.
A finalist at the PennApps hackathon in 2014. It gained a lot of attention on social media (Youtube/Twitter/The Blogsphere) during the competition and has been gaining users ever since. Has nearly 300,000 uniques visitors and an average of 2,500-5000 page views daily. Also featured in many online news websites such as Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/webnes-plays-your-nintendo-games-in-a-...)
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Press release platform for startups. Been around for a year, makes about $1k per month, all organically with zero maintenance. Still tons of potential but I am just way too busy with my main startup now, in a different space.
Contact me at email@example.com if interested!
Chemical.io is a free cloud based lab management system that lets you catalogue chemicals using a smartphone and automatically re-order chemicals when running low.
It's an excellent domain and the software is very polished so it would be a great investment for prospective buyers.
I'm also open to offers on http://www.libramatic.com/. It's a cloud based library cataloging solution that lets you catalog books by scanning the ISBN using a smartphone's camera. It's currently in use in over 1,000 libraries and has a number of paying customers on monthly and yearly subscriptions.
Feel free to hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org
$150k rev last 12 months
Full project management platform to manage clients & contractors (developers, designers, erc.) with auto-quoting proposals, signing and paying online, and tracking and monitoring the progress of your site as it's being built -> 80% done with the platform & built in Rails.
Was doing this while at Stanford, but school is overwhelming and I can't keep working on it. Really promising opportunity to build the first scalable custom web service company.
Rights to existing clients, brand, full code repository with $100k worth of development hours, portfolio, multiple domains, trademark, and tons of infrastructure to execute rapidly on projects.
We weren't really making any money ,so I sold out my half of the company to a business guy. My former dev partner then went on with the business guy to make it a half-million a year business with about 4 hours a week of maintenance work.
Of course, I truly believe it wouldn't have gone anywhere if we didn't bring in a business dev guy, and I can't see any reason in retrospect why I should have expected their business to do so well once I left, but...
Seller beware! :-)
I generate quite a lot of revenue for them from ads (about 500,000 hits per month), but they have so much potential and I don't have time to invest.
purchase at bernsteinbear dot com
Are you up for it?
http://tinywhois.com - A pretty simple whois site that can do lookups by url, ie http://tinywhois.com/ycombinator.com or http://tinywhois.com/126.96.36.199
Maybe you could start charging a modest sum for downloading the complete PDF file? I know I would totally pay for that.
< 20 active users
average session: 3hrs 30minutes
bounce rate: 24%
If you sign up for it, not all features are available to new users.
I'm also open to taking on rapid programming contracts if you need something built in the span of a few days. However, it'll have to wait a few weeks until finals are over.
Insurance and others is a minor sticking point I think, but should be workable. On the plus side, unlike house swaps, they don't have to be simultaneous.
the next retirement wave (i.e. lots of RVing) is just beginning. this is a huge opportunity.
Would love to hear your comments & feedback on how things can be improved to help you sell your side projects.
Personally, it's been quite rewarding to see people exchanging messages and actually buy & sell side projects.
- 6000+ registered users
- 26,000+ items entered
- 3000+ documents saved
- 500+ visits per month (Someone good in marketing can boost this)
It's an online home inventory software. It was featured on Lifehacker among other sites related to home organization. My wife and I had a baby last year so I never had time to market it properly. A lot of folks want an iPhone/Andoird app but I'm not the right person for that.
Someone good at marketing can probably have this take off. No other competitors are as easy to use as iKeepm.
The two most requests are mobile apps and a multi-property feature. I think there's a bigger market for property mgmt companies.
Over 5k registered users, 3.8k monthly visits. I haven't had time for it in the past 2 years. I keep it around because it really helps people and that gives me a warm feeling :-). It could surely use someone with a heart for marketing. At least a few monetization options (cash could be gotten from users, caretakers, medical facilities, drug companies).
App link here https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rainbow-puke!-gold-vomit-las...
I have thousands of active users and have asked many of them whether they would be willing to pay, and they are. Unfortunately I just don't have the time now or for the foreseeable future to add a few highly requested features and billing systems for the product. This is an ideal product for someone to pick up, add a few of the really needed features, and start charging existing happy customers.
Get in touch with http://mattheworiordan.com if this interests anyone who has some time to develop a Rails / Backbone application, and wants to create a revenue stream for themselves very quickly.
http://www.promotor.fm (currently only a landing page)
http://open.spotify.com/app/oyafestivalen (Spotify app for Norwegian festival Øyafestivalen)
The app is service agnostic, so it can be used with any streaming service. The only thing needed to add a new client is to create the frontend part, and link it to the back end APIs. Also, clients can add content from their own CMS and add it to the Promotor database through our APIs.
Currently there's only desktop support, but I'm working on adding mobile support for Android and iOS.
Product discovery for amazon-aholics. Don't have the money to invest in marketing right now, so I'm sitting on it till I have the capital and focusing on other projects.
ROI was a little under break even. I was marketing via amazon-fan subreddits. Theres a super simple CMS powering it as well (a google spreadsheet hack).
Willing to sell for 30k or looking for investment partners in the $5k range.
Provisions you an ubuntu vm instantly for free with web terminal access.
It got some love here at one point . Fraud, business model, and personal availability problems all struck at once, so I had to turn it off. I'm confident they could all be fixed.
This project takes screenshots of various URLs once a day. It's been a fun way to watch my side project grow up, and a number of other people receive daily emails. It could be an interesting business, but not really one I'd like to pursue.
Email "adam at cameralends" if you're interested in it.
I am working on a similar app based on Ruby on Rails and these days searching for a proper solution for taking screenshot of an url .
- http://startya.co/ - we help non-tech people launch his MVP.
- http://drinks4.us - Drink recipes to teach you how to make drinks with what you have in your fridge!
- http://gamescom.in/ - we notify you when the game you are waiting for is released
- http://xingueseuamigo.com.br - for U$ 1.50 we prank your friend anonymously via phone.
- http://ficougratis.com.br/ - we email you when the app that YOU want is temporarily free.
- http://estoujogando.com.br - a startup that didint make enough money and turned into a side-project. Its a brazilian social network for gamers.
Igor Knots and the Magonda Maze.
A mobile maze game inspired by Traffic Jam and/or Unblock me. Instead of moving items with your finger, you move a character (Igor Knots) and he must push items out of his way to clear the maze.
The game is on the Google Play Store, the Amazon App Store, and the Nook App Store. I also have a version that works on my iPhone / iPad, but never got around to uploading it to the Apple App Store. I also have the engine working in a browser.
The game got very little traction; but I never did anything to push it. The game comes with 50 levels, but I have an additional 50 designed.
I always wanted to expand the game to include more challenges and types of obstacles. But, I moved on to other things.
It was built w/ Flash/AIR.
Contact me here: http://www.jeffryhouser.com/contact.cfm
It does okay, gets about 40,000 unique pageviews per month. Analytics says about 60% of those are unique. I'm cleaning up the code right now and trying to figure out how to get a higher RPM.
I'm averaging about $100/month from this site. But I'm toying with selling it.
USP is our ambient sensing platform which shows you how much you've spent at a business, and your receipts for that place the moment you arrive there.
16K+ downloads and makes us about $50-100 per month (varies based on the month). Free app but Monetization is via in-app purchases (unlimited expense reports) and ads.
Expenses: $5 per month with a Digital Ocean droplet that hosts the website. Haven't had any maintenance issues and the app has been on auto-pilot mode for last 1 year.
With some repolish of the UI, this app has tremendous potential. A competing app with half the features but prettier UI ramped up to half-million downloads in 6 months.
If someone offers the right price, willing to sell it. Alternatively, also interested if someone wants to work with us on an iPhone app on an equity or rev-share basis.
It's something that I decided I don't have time for myself, but perhaps it could suit someone else.
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My email : ramesh at rameshjha.com
Both games have been discontinued when my startup ran out of money in 2012, but the usage numbers were promising.
email@example.com if you are interested in more info
Quote collection from movies/tv (web/iOS)
New daily wallpaper (using Bing.com) (iOS)
QR Wallpaper: http://passwordgrid.com/
Simple way to share a URL or email address from your device's lock screen (iOS)
A safe and fun way to play with viruses (web, iOS app in the works)
It's a 100% anonymous blogging platform with a clean interface. Just start writing and set a password for your post so you can come back later and edit it. Stores literally zero information about the author. Has a stolen-from-svbtle voting system and a reply mechanism.
I believe it has potential because I left it untouched and came back a month later to find dozens of employees of the company OpenEnglish using it as a forum to discuss their issues with their employer and to anonymously coordinate action. They have no fear of ever being "found out" because I couldn't even tell you who wrote what.
Built in a week and I'd give it away for free to anyone who wants to move forward with it. I think it's a really great idea but I'm not sure where to take it.
I've been looking for exactly this just this week.
Rainbow Shopping List ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chak.rainb... )
- Android app with 12k+ downloads and 2k+ active users
- Cost to run: ~$6-7 (hosting + domain)
And a bunch of other apps. Check them out at https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Chak+Develop...
Just landed a new job so I don't think I'll have time to actively maintain these projects anymore.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The project includes a Wordpress website to collect orders. The customers choose the features they would like from a 'menu' and then are given a price quote.
The project also includes 'base' iPhone and Android apps that are then customized to a customer's needs.
I haven't had the time to market the site very much but it would be a good opportunity for someone that has mobile app development background and the ability to market the site to the target market.
If you have any interest my contact info is in my profile.
* Highly engaged handful of clients
* Fully automatic (demo accounts, paypal recurring payments, domain/mail purchase and association, etc.,)
* Expenses ~50$ (hosting and providers)
* Profits ~250$ / month (paying clients)
Website builder focused in easy of use, aiming to solve online presence for freelances and small businesses (website, email and domain).
Established since 2011, we have still some customers from the very beginning.
It's not exactly a side project, it has been an established business for the last 3 years, but we've struggled to grow it with no success.
Looking for someone that could take it to the next level.
Like Instagram, but for more privacy conscious users. It's ad-free so users have to pay a yearly fee for using the app similar to App.net. Has support for comments, likes, push notifications and live filters.
We couldn't market it properly and also people were not as willing to pay as we had expected so we want to sell it.
Includes the iPhone app, the fully responsive web app and the backend. Code can be reused to make any type of photo/selfie sharing app.
More details: https://www.sideprojectors.com/project/project/717/pixter
Includes a web backend which allows poems from the app to be shared on social networks.
The app has good reviews and thousands of submitted poems in its database, backed by Parse.
Monetization is through ads and the sale of credits to submit poems beyond the 5 credits you get with the app. I have done 0 marketing so have not been able to see how far monetization can be taken - right now it's quite low.
I wish I had time to build it, but I don't. It's a simple idea, where we had moderately good execution and big ideas for the future. Future plans were to expand to Doodle Packs, with themed artwork (also for sale, perhaps).
The image detection code (doodle placement) was pretty hacky but functional. The app has about 10,000 downloads, maybe 1,000 active (close to 0 marketing). I envisioned updating it with new doodles, better image code, sharing options, etc, and re-launching in the next couple months...but realistically that probably won't happen. Maybe you could make it happen? :)
I think the 'insert randomly' is a nice feature, but if I were to work on this, I'd focus more on letting users insert their own content. Catwang sells 'Doodle Packs' but I think they're missing a couple of things which your image detection is approaching: the ability to make your own stickers (out of friends, perhaps) and the ability to draw on the image (like Snapchat).
Was the #1 app for finding garage sales (~10,000 paid downloads and ~10,000 free / lite downloads), but my primary startup has taken off and I didn't have time to maintain.
There are some pretty interesting use cases left unexplored - e.g. social aspects or other verticals (apartment rentals).
If you're interested in making a serious offer hit me up at igaragesale [at] performantdesign [dot] com.
* Last month stats: ~2.5 million pageviews, 846,000 uniques.
* Highly engaged community with ~210k signed up users (all organically, 0 paid marketing) and 7 million pictures in db.
* Expenses ~$400 (hosting and outsourcing).
* Making ~$2k/mo profit, mainly from advertising and photo stock affiliates.
* Established since 2007, lots of SEO potential and very poorly monetized.
It's not exactly a side project, it has been our main business for the last 5 years, but we've got bored. We still believe it has a huge potential though so we're looking for someone who can take it to the next level.
It supports custom themes (there is just one for now) and more customization can be build upon it with little code.
I wrote it for a customer who wanted a simple portfolio website (just the pictures and some pages for textual information), so I made this CMS-like thing to edit the page and it could be marketed for more customers etc.
But I don't have any hope it will get a customer, so its interface is still uncomplete (and it is in portuguese), but it works (with a custom domain). What would you do with it?
Chat Roulette for SnapChat
Email is email@example.com
You can login with Github (no password) to test it out!
Simple battle-tested assigned chart app for companies or venues to sell tickets to venues. At least $1m in sales has gone through it. I'll sell the code or the service for cheap, I don't have time to market it so it's just sitting there.
The coolest feature is that seat updates are "live" (using polling) to everyone, so none of that "you have 15 minutes to complete your order" crap you normally get when buying tickets. It's now a cross-platform HTML5/JS frontend, originally I made it in Flash.
btw should i open source it in the event i can not sell it? would it be worth to open source?
But hands down, it's one of the most refined web app of its sort.