Thoughts, ideas, on creating and maintaining websites to generate income?
A very general sort of question here, hoping to start some discussion…
I’ve been a web developer for a number of years, the last few years working independently, mostly creating websites for very small businesses and organizations. I’d like to explore other ways of making money using my web development skills, working independently, out of my home. Ways that don’t necessarily involve finding clients and building sites for them, but are more along the lines of creating, hosting, and maintaining sites of my own which in one way or another generate income.
A few specifics: At this point I don’t have any particular content of my own to offer the public (I’m not a blogger, etc.). I’m not looking for a “get rich quick” scheme; I’m willing to put in regular hours, and hoping only to eventually make a modest living from whatever project or projects I might start. I’m not interested in getting involved with anything illegal, and I’m also not interested in hosting "adult" sites.
So… Any thoughts? Directions to go in, directions to stay away from? Useful resources? Things that have worked for any of you, or things that have failed?