The hundreds and hundreds of hours that I have put into these projects have come entirely from my free time. My day job is in Java
Read some of my thoughts on Open Source Sustainability.
Receiving monthly sponsorship money would allow me to justify putting more time and effort into my open source work, both maintaining existing libraries – fixing issues, merging PRs, etc. – as well as writing new ones. I have many ideas of things to build, but not enough time to do so. My dream would be to do OSS full time, but that's going to take a lot of you.
How much to sponsor?
Consider the value that my libraries have provided to your project or company. How many hours of development were saved by being able to plop in a battle-tested form solution, with edge cases worked out by the millions of other users, rather than write one yourself? You know how bad developers – myself definitely included! – are at estimating time, so take that number you just thought of and double it. Now how much is your or your developers' time worth in $/hour? Multiply those two, and now you've got a rough estimate of the value my work has provided you in dollars.
Write that number on a piece of paper.
For the love of god, don't sponsor that much!! That would be insane!! I haven't given you exclusive access to the code like you'd have if I was an employee. OSS licenses don't work like that. And yet... That is still an accurate estimate of the value you have received. I'd only ask for some fraction of that amount. 20%, 40%, 60%... however grateful you're feeling. Divide that number by 60 ($n/month over the next 5 years), and pick that tier.
Thank you for your attention and support.
You can reach out to me at any time on twitter: @erikras
Select a tier
$5 a monthSelect
You appreciate the time my libraries have saved on some non-yet-commercial side-project.
$25 a monthSelect
Your small company is making great use of my libraries to make money.
$50 a monthSelect
Your 20-developer company is saving valuable time and resources not worrying about the intricacies of forms.
$500 a monthSelect
Your large corporation is building hundreds of forms to manage your backend data entry quickly and easily with one of my form libraries.
This tier comes with membership to a private Slack channel with direct access to me.
$1,000 a monthSelect
Your giant corporation, like a bank or government department, is building hundreds of forms.
This tier comes with membership to a private Slack channel with direct access to me, plus a free once-a-year onsite training course by me (you also pay travel and expenses).