Back in January 2019, I created the Null company. My goal: help developers work better, through products, training and consulting. My secondary goal: make some of that work open-source.
Just like my financial report for 2019, here's my yearly update for 2020 on funding open-source work.
Open source funding
Of all the revenue earned by Null, here is the breakdown for 2020:
When I compare that with 2019, I am really happy to have grown the "open-source work" and "products" parts:
Most of the revenue is still related to development services, i.e. freelancing and consulting.
I have a specific category for serverless-related consulting and training.
This year I launched Bref Enterprise and it has been working out quite well.
In 2020, I launched 2 products:
- Serverless Visually Explained, an online course for serverless
- 7777, a utility to connect easily to AWS RDS databases, built with Marco
I absolutely loved doing that, and I have more things planned for 2021 🚀
Open source work
Okay, here we are:
In 2020, my company earned around 13600€ directly related to open-source work.
Last year, it was 2000€. It is still a small share of the total revenue (and consequently, the money I take home every month), but it is definitely growing!
After accounting for expenses and taxes, it represents about 430€/month net income. That is not close to a real salary, but it is no longer negligible.
Last year was a bit premature to draw any conclusion. But looking back now, I can say that even with a widely used open-source project and an active online presence, living directly and only from open-source work (sponsoring) as an individual is extremely hard.
I want to continue the current trend and accelerate it:
- continue working on open-source and grow the sponsoring (want to help? ❤️)
- continue delivering products and services that make developers awesome at their jobs!
See you next year!