To Software Or Not To Software With Rob Walling – FA113

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Huge Opportunities In Software And Information!

Today’s guest, Rob Walling of Software By Rob, Startups For The Rest Of Us, and much more, joins us to talk about building and selling software.

The surprising part is his belief that there is a lot of opportunity still in information products. Most software developers only talk software and believe that information wants to be free.

In this episode, we learn about buying software. I’m not talking about software for your computer, but software as your flagship product in your business. Rob has done this multiple times and has two successful software products he talks about in depth.

I even share some troubles I’m having with getting some programming done and why. I don’t share this story to show just how dumb I can be, but to help you avoid making the same mistakes as me.

Then I hit him with a question I get all the time, “Can anyone succeed in creating and selling software?”

His answer might surprise you.

Listen in and see if the software business is right for you.

Enjoy your Foolish Adventure,

Tim “Plugin” Conley

PS. I apologize ahead of time for my nerdiness in the episode.

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  • Henri Junttila

    Really enjoyed this one, even though I’m not a software person at all. Always interesting to get different viewpoints.

    I especially liked the end where Rob said that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It’s so easy to get stuck in chasing new shiny things all the time that people forget to start with their strengths or passions.

    Now I’m off to check out hittail 😉

  • Tim Conley

    Glad you liked it. I agree that the grass isn’t always greener, but it may still be worth checking out. Who says you can’t get grass from both sides of the fence?

  • Chris (Krzysztof) Trynkiewicz

    Great episode. I’m nerdy myself so it really pushed my buttons with all the ancient history stuff.

    I actually used HitTail for some time. I’ve first heard about it on the SitePoint podcast about two years ago and used it a year ago for a month or something like that. I found it quite good, although there was no full support for foreign characters (Polish in my case, the keywords were understandable though). 2nd thing was, I didn’t really need extra keywords to fill – I had a lot of them already.
    Now the interesting thing is, Rob personally mailed me a few times and I explained why I’m not signing up. He said he would contact me when the issue is fixed, which I was absolutely sure he would never remember to do. Guess what? After about 3 months HitTail actually wrote me a personal e-mail about supporting foreign characters. This is a testament of a great support. I recommended them even after the free trial and still do so.

  • Blayne White

    Hi-I’m the crazy single person creating a scrapbooking software with my own developer. It’s taken 3 years, 3 developers (one couldn’t do it; one was a crook; this one’s the one) but I have to say that I feel really good about where I’m at. It’s currently named ScrapRoom Software, but we are in the process of renaming it. It should be out just in time for Christmas!

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