We sell a shareware educational game. We provide a fully functional version for free but it has a nag (buy me reminder) screen. That works well for us.
One thing with shareware or freeware is that by offering such one can get lots of incoming links to a site for free or cheap from many shareware / freeware sites (tucows, CNET, and 100s of lesser known shareware directories - I only pull from these from DMOZ). Most shareware (freeware) sites use a common definition file for listings (PAD xml file) which makes submissions to lots of directories easy.
If I ever discontinue selling the aforementioned product I will continue to provide it as freeware.
So, it can raise awareness of other products / services and increase site traffic. It can generate sales for other things you offer. Do you think Ad-Aware would be so well known had they not offered a decent free version? I bet not.
You might want to check out the Association of Shareware professionals if this is something you are really going to get into. asp-shareware.org
Sidenote: Most freeware is worth exactly what you pay for it.
in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius
will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination
alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will
solve the problems of the human race” - Calvin Coolidge
______________Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
DoGood - It is just that -- chatter. If you are concerned about what the govt it going to do, voice the concern to your Senator or Representative. Get involved with your Senator or Representative. They love to hear from their constituents.My Senator is Joe Barton from TX. I never hesitate to contact his office if I have a question. His staff is wonderful about listening to what I have to say.
I contacted my reps before the bailout. I got a polite form letter in response.
I frankly do not trust that it is just chatter.
My objective is simple: To not let the government control my 401k. There is chatter that they have tossed around this very idea.
So - I am seriously considering pulling the entire amount of funds out to keep it safe from nationalization.
What I actually do with the money if I pull it out is another matter.
I`m going to be talking to a financial advisor and my accountant soon.
The objective is not simply to benefit my business but to avoid my hard earned savings from going down a government toilet (flushing sound here).
I know one can do a SEPP (substantially equal payment plan) and avoid penalties. But, as I said, the idea is not just access to the money. If it were not concern for nationalization this would never enter my mind.