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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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Last year, Microsoft paid $7. 5 billion to buy GitHub, online home of thousands of Open source software projects power apps and sites ranging from Facebook to walmart. Com. Acquisition, Along With IBM's $34 Billion Purchase Of Open Source Company Red Hat, Prove That Open Source Software Can Be Big Business. That's little surprising since, by definition, open source code can freely shared by anyone. Red Hat makes money by selling support for its Open source products, while companies like Facebook and Google make money on services they build Open source code. But even as some companies build multibillion-dollar businesses atop freely available code, other Open source projects are work of hobbyists in their free time. Way You Become Open Source Maintainer Is Often Accidental, Says GitHub CEO Nat Friedman, Who Joined Company From Microsoft When Acquisition Closed Last October. You make something great, and then you share it because you want other people use it. Then there are all these of you. GitHub hops to help programmers spread their wealth around with new feature called Sponsors that will enable users to make recurring payments to other users, much like crowdfunding service Patreon. Beta tests start Thursday. Some Open source projects already use fund-raising tools like Patreon, OpenCollective, and Tidelift to fund their work, but Sponsors will enable them to raise money from within GitHub, where come to download their work, ask them questions, and report bugs. For first year, GitHub will match up to $5 000 in contributions for each person who is sponsor, said Friedman. He said company won't take cut of funds pay through service. GitHub will cover any processing fees, at least for now. Friedman said anyone can apply for sponsorship through service while it is in Beta, including people who on documentation or other nontechnical aspects of software projects. But even though you can technically host any type of file on GitHub, Friedman says company probably won't allow people to use Sponsors for non-software projects for time being. Sponsors won't solve funding crunch in Open source on its own. But James Governor, cofounder of developer-centric analyst firm says it's good step toward making it easier to pay developers for their work. Nobody is going to get vastly rich with mechanisms like this, but that isn't necessarily goal, Governor say. Fatih Arslan, developer of Open source plugin for popular code editor Vim, which added support for Google's programming language Go, is participating in test. He doesn't expect sponsors to replace his salary as software engineer at cloud computing company Ocean, but he does hope extra funds will help justify time he spends on side projects. Arslan says hes been working on Open source projects since he was teenager. However, now that I have two kids, it's become harder and harder keep up pace, he say.

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FAQs for sponsors

It depends their billing cycle! Most sponsors are monthly billing, but some folks opt for annual billing. If I'm on your $5 tier on monthly then I'm charged $5 / month. If I'm on annual then I'm charge {matheq}5/month * 12 months ={endmatheq} 60 / year. In both monthly and annual billing, first payment is prorate if they already have live billing cycle. For example, imagine I already sponsor several people, my monthly billing date is 15 of each month. If I sponsor you on June 30 on your $10 tier, then I'll immediately get charged $5, then on July 15 and 15 of each consecutive month I'll get charged full $10. Our billing system currently only supports single billing cycle per account. If you pay for GitHub or Marketplace listing on yearly basis, then everything must be done according to that billing cycle. Your sponsors each have different billing date, depending on when they first started sponsoring you or, in cases where they have existing Pro membership or Marketplace subscription, when they originally make their first payment to GitHub.

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FAQs about payouts

This is where VAST majority of my sponsorships come from. Building useful piece of software is one thing. Educating people on how to use it is entirely different thing. I try to make docs as good as possible, but there is always need for more advanced content. Rather than taking on huge task of creating entire course or book on Livewire. I decided go different route. Here's exactly what I do that take me from {matheq}40k to >{endmatheq} 100k in ~3 months: I released free set of screencasts on basics of using Livewire: I added links to other parts of documentation pointing people towards them so they know theyre there: few weeks later, I added new private group of screencasts for GitHub sponsors only. Now, people watching screencasts will naturally encounter these private and if they like free ones, they will sponsor me to get access. I release new batch of videos every time new feature comes out, or I decide to cover new Livewire technique. I also provide sponsors with access to source code for each lesson. In terms of income, this has been single most impactful idea I have EVER had. It raises my revenue by ~$80k in 90 days. It like magic. Now I have constant stream of income without having to spend all my time on major course launches. I can keep building software I love for community I love and release new screencasts over time.

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