About Myself & the History of easyReservations
To explain the idea behind easyReservations I will introduce myself a bit: My name is Feryaz Beer, I’m 20 years old and living in Hanover, Germany. I started this project on the side while I was still in school in June 2011. I was working on a website for a small Italian hotel and the theme chosen had a small reservation system in it. It was just a form on the website and a list of the submissions with approve and reject options in admin. Then I came upon the idea to make a visual output from the information collected – the overview. That was the start of easyReservations and it is still just as fun as the first days of working on it. My motivation comes from the enjoyment I receive with all the challenges and the learning experiences, and not about making huge amounts of money.
A Passion for Work
At the point in time when I wrote this, I think I have spent at least 2000 hours working on easyRervations. From the amount of time it requires it cannot continue to be a hobby. Now that I have finished school, I had to make a choice between working on it full time or quit. It makes me really happy and anyone who gets to know me will understand how much I love it. But I have to earn what I deserve for it or the situation won’t work. After all, many easyReservations users are making money with it. So the question is how to make money from doing what I love?
How to Make Money from Doing What I love?
You won’t believe how many hours I’ve spent on this question, and the questions that follow it, like why do all the big companies get to make huge revenues while they mistreat consumers? From what I have observed, whomever does the worst gets the most advantage. Underhanded practices like advertising that over promises on bad products, selling customer’s private information, bait and switch offers and so on. What ever happened to “the customer is king”? So to relate back to easyReservations, I wanted users to get a full working product in the free version. It’s not just a trial or time-limited version designed to just promote the modules. You don’t need to upgrade to the premium modules to use the easyReservations plugin. The idea behind the premium modules was to make them so cool and functional that you would be happy to pay for them.
If you really took a look at the scope of features of the free version, the add-on modules, documentation, and support that goes into easyReservations, I think you will see it is worth the price. The money goes to support the development and for my time. The plan is to have as many users enjoying the exceptional value of the free version as possible. If just a portion of them are happy to buy some modules and become life-time users, I can keep doing what I love. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.
So go on and support it. 😉 I will try my best.