When you need to pick a business model for your startup idea, there are many options to explore. As a guide we’ve handpicked dozens of remarkable revenue models and partnership ideas.
Browse this list and copy the elements that fit your needs. Feel free to use all the examples and tools as an input for your business plan.
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BUSINESS MODEL INSPIRATION: ALL TYPES
How do I make money?
The most common business model options used by e-businesses and online services. This list is not limited to digital revenue streams.
Free (or nearly free) for the user:
- Early exit strategy
- Pay-what-you-want (PWYW)
- Tip jar/donation
- Freemium model
- Barter or Swapping for services
- Barter or Swapping for products
Paid (direct sales business model):
- Subscription model
- Premium model
- Pay-per-use model
- Add-ons/In-app purchases
- License fees
- Single purchase model
- Pay-as-you-go model (PAYG)
Third Party options:
- Advertisement (Ad-based) model
- Affiliate/Referral fee
- Get-one-give-one model (G1G1)
- Franchise model
- Commission-based model
- Auction model
Mixed business model:
- Razor and blade model
- Open source model
- No frills model (discount or budget model)