SaaS startup took way longer time, money and effort to create than my old online store which sells 1 very small php script and desktop software that is in the same market niche as the Saas.
I spent more on advertising, marketing than my old php script & desktop software, which i spend perhaps none except advertising on related forums. costs 10% of what i spent currently on my SaaS.
php script & desktop software each sell for $60~$100 each while my SaaS startup charges like $10 / month.
with subscription model people are cautious and willing to fork out 10 for the first time. however, if they are not satisfied, they will drop the subscription.
a php script & desktop software that sells for $60~$100 each is a one time sunk payment from the user.
if you compare the two, clearly for each visitor, more money is to be made with selling the php script or desktop software.
So now I'm rethinking about SaaS. it's not a money churner i thought it would be. in fact, the monthly subscript makes the buyer more cautious about the product as they think they will need to pay regularly for the SaaS, where as buyer would rather pay a chunk sum to use a software or php script to unlimited needs.
With SaaS, it's not possible to allow unlimited usage (or is it? some algorithm to average out usage consumption) without spending more on infrastructure.
I ask to others if they witness same things....I am having serious doubts about launching my next product as SaaS....rather i might translate it to Qt and write desktop app instead of making it an SaaS....
traffic is higher to SaaS than my old download shop.
conversion is about the same.