YOUR WEBSITE PUBLISHER NEEDS YOU!

I have been publishing IT Enquirer since 2000, keeping all content on it free. As a freelance author for 12 magazines and a consultant for various companies, I could just about afford doing that. However, in the past two years I have had to deal with companies like Pion.tv who didn’t pay for my work, and with freelance assignments decreasing from 12 to 1 (yes ONE) a month. The result is that IT Enquirer should now become my — sole — source of income.

I have therefore decided to start charging for content.

I will need to raise at least 4,000 Euros by mid-August, which is why I have also decided to sell one of my other domains, Agile Creator, a recent start-up. Agile Creator is a ready-made business with content for sale for usage in blogs, marketing collateral, and with a licence that allows you to do anything with it you want. I cannot afford to wait until this domain starts generating business. If you buy it, you’ll get a year’s worth of my content to sell for free.

NOTE: If I can’t raise the €4K by mid-August, I’m afraid it will be over and out for IT Enquirer, and this time it will be for good. Godspeed to you all.

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YOUR WEBSITE PUBLISHER NEEDS YOU!

I have been publishing IT Enquirer since 2000, keeping all content on it free. As a freelance author for 12 magazines and a consultant for various companies, I could just about afford doing that. However, in the past two years I have had to deal with companies like Pion.tv who didn’t pay for my work, […]

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