[Note: One organization I've consistently heard good things about is the Association of Shareware Professionals, so I've asked Mike to make his case here in a guest post.]
By Michael Dulin
President, Association of Shareware Professionals
Greetings Developers! I’m here to tell you why you should apply to join the Association of Shareware Professionals. Though I must confess to you that I’m not a developer. What you are still here? You haven’t tuned out yet? Ok for the truly bored I’ll tell you a bit about myself at the end.
The ASP was founded in 1987 and is truly an organization that has helped many developer turn their fledgling dream into a success. We have our own private forums where veteran developers help the new person out. We also publish a paper monthly newsletter that always has useful information.
- Over 1000 shareware professionals around the world invest $100 (US) every year to be part of the shareware industry’s premier trade association. They would not do that if they did not find value in their membership!
- ASP members win many awards at the Shareware Industry Conference each year.
- ASP members are successful in taking their businesses from part-time to full-time. They frequently get ideas on how to do this from other members.
- Many of the top download sites, registration services, and other industry professionals are ASP members.
We are now a Network Partner in a new program called Microsoft BizSpark. Through BizSpark, we can now offer you fast, easy access to current, full-featured Microsoft development tools and platform technologies, as well as production licenses to develop and bring innovative and interoperable solutions to market.
Here is what one of our members has to say after he enrolled in Microsoft BizSpark: “The amount of software available is amazing from Windows 3.1 to Server 2008, from VC 97 to Visual Studio 2008, from Office 95 to Office 2007, Expression Suite (not just Expression Web) and so much, much more. Everything you need to develop and test applications on all versions of Windows including mobile devices.” And there are no upfront charges to join this program.
So grow your business faster and more easily than ever with access to the world’s greatest archive of shareware success knowledge and resources. Apply Now!
About me. I’ve been involved with the Shareware business since 1996 when I founded the first software review site on the internet SharewareJunkies.com. I also have a weekly podcast SharewareRadio.com where I weekly feature an interview with an industry insider and industry news. I attend a number of industry conferences every year and I’m also a member of other industry associations. In my past life I was an air traffic controller and chef. Though I’m an American I live in Finland and Guatemala plus I have a houseboat in Wisconsin.
Michael Dulin – President
Association of Shareware Professionals