Have a great idea for Drupal but can't take any time away from your "day job" to work on it? This is a common situation but there are ways to raise money to allow you to work on your awesome Drupal improvement.
Post a reverse bounty
A reverse bounty describes your idea, along with the amount of money required to complete the task. As the developer posting the bounty, you know what should be done and have the skills to actually implement it.
To learn more about the concept, take a look at Boris Mann's blog post on reverse bounties.
Post your idea in the paid Drupal services forum, and see if you can raise some interest first.
There are a few ways a developer can raise money.
- Kickstarter has been making headlines recently as a way to fund virtually everything. Unlike ChipIn, no money changes hands unless the project is fully funded. Since it uses the Amazon payments system, the recipient of the money must reside in the US, although people can contribute from anywhere.
- With ChipIn, you can create a donation widget where people can easily see what you're raising money for, how much you need, how much has been donated, who's donated, and when you need it by (see the screen shot to the right). They take a service fee, but it's comparable to what PayPal charges for most accounts.
- PayPal is a solid way to accept money. There are several widget options, though it doesn't display the widget data like ChipIn. It's also more familiar to the public.
Complete the work
With reverse bounties, most of the time the developer gets paid in full (or a deposit of 50%) before doing the work. As the developer, you have to be trust-worthy and complete the work in a reasonable amount of time.