The truth is that I don’t make any money from these applications. They were never intended to be a business. I wrote them because I wanted them, it was an opportunity to learn something new, and like most people I love creating things. I determined that for less than I spend on coffee, I could put them online and share them with everyone.
(the astute among you have noticed ads on tastkoy. I assure you that they don’t come close to covering my costs. Since I talk to a lot of aspiring web entrepreneurs, I thought it would be interesting to collect data about how much one can make from ad revenue for niche applications)
However, there have been significant benefits to building these applications. I receive a lot of email from people, just telling me how grateful they are (these are strongly encouraged ). I get a lot of suggestions for new features, some of which I really think will benefit me, so I implement them. I have received a few job offers (however, I’m quite happily employed). And surprisingly, I’ve ended up meeting several people who live in the Boston area who have ideas of their own or just wanted to have lunch and talk about GTD or programming.
There is no business, and there is no business model. Think of something that you would do anyway and imagine being sent thank-you notes from all over the world just for doing it, and you’ll see why there doesn’t have to be.