Monday, June 01, 2009

Changing Business Models

It's as usual been a long time since I've posted so I figured I was due for an update. I'm still around and working hard on two main projects. The first is BudgetSimple, which has continued to grow as one of the most popular free online budgets in the net. Since the big 2.0 upgrade that made the project "AJAX to the max!" I've been working on a 2.5 version that should monetize some of the interest in the project, while still keeping my goal of providing a useful free budget.

Besides that, Used Cars On-Line is undergoing a slight change in business models. Since it's inception as one of the first sites for used cars on the Internet in 1995, it's been exclusively for cars "for sale by owner". While I always thought this was a great little niche, Craigslist pretty much cannibalized what small market segment there existed for people who didn't want to buy from dealers. I know many people don't mind buying from dealer and in fact some people only buy from dealerships, so in the coming weeks I'll be offering dealer feeds in addition to FSBO ads in hopes of growing interest in the site. There is always considerably more dealer inventory out there then private owners, so this requires a pretty substantial update in terms of search on the site. I'll post again when it's live to get the software business community's feedback.


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