If you’re a student at any school, the chances that you will pay for software are very slim. Here is a few simple methods and donors of software that may come in handy during college, high school, and possibly even middle school.
First off lets list your options on how you can go about obtaining software as a student. You could happen to ask your parents for the money, but no one likes begging. Maybe you know of some illegal websites that allow P2P downloading of all sorts of illegal software;this may seem like a good idea at first but once your thesis paper gets wiped clean after months and months of work because of a stupid virus, you might rethink the idea of downloading your software illegally again. Then there is always finding an alternatively free and possibly open source software that lets you do the same things that the big brand software does (A suggested choice).
Those are all applicable ideas however out of the three I have stated, I believe the best idea is one that isn’t actually listed. Most software developers aren’t out to suck you dry money wise, rather they are usually helpful people just trying to make a living solving one niche at a time. So don’t think they are evil people just because they sale their ideas/products.
Don’t be hasty, relax and find the publisher of the software’s website. This is unimportant except for the fact that you’ll need to locate the developers email and what better way to do that than from the site the person probably had some say in developing in the first place.
Now that you have their email don’t rush into writing a long essay type letter about why you need the software and how better it would make you. That’s the last thing a software developer is going to want to do is read another book. Instead think of how their software can help enhance your education and sum that up into around 2 to 3 sentences and let that be the middle of your email.
Now you need the think of how to introduce your email so that the developer stays focus log enough to get the jest of the email. You’ll need something catchy and exclusive but not enough so that it’ll make the developer think that you’re a spam bot.
“Hi there, my name is T-Brazzel I am an awesome person here at bla bla bla college and I need YOUR HELP! In fact If you do help me with this issue I might throw in a free blablabla”
Above equals spam basket. You’ll need to write a more personal yet intuitive email that doesn’t seem like your trying to sell the man a TV item. Plus throwing in free stuff won’t speed up the time that the developer checks his email anyways, have patients.
Now it’s time to write your ending. This isn’t a paragraph this is just something to make your email look more professional. You don’t need much, except maybe a signature such as the following.
Remember to include a very easy way to get in contact with you, don’t always rely on the fact that the developer can just hit the reply button and get in touch with you. Also if you have a personal website or social network group you’d like to share with the developer don’t be afraid to put that down in there as well. Plus you can see at the top I make sure to put my full name and then also enlighten my fellow e-mailer’s on what I go by online as well.
Now here is the most important part of the process… You now need to get someone to re-read your email incase you made any grammatical errors or maybe something just doesn’t click exactly how you picture it in your mind. Your best source is the ones right under your feet.. Check with your mom, dad, siblings.. and if those don’t exist go ask your best friend to review it. Trust me after going through that you might just have a good convincing email that will in fact help you out financially with your software struggle.
This solution is simple as pie… Okay, I admit it’s easier than that. Some developers and big time companies offer discounts and their software freely to students who have a .edu email or have the time and patients to go online, fill out a form, and wait for their teachers to approve that they exist at that university. Use your student status and get approved for free software as soon as you can. Sometimes these types of offers are limited. A couple I know about are listed below.
If you know of anymore don’t be afraid of leaving a comment with the link below.
Now go and enjoy the knowledge I have provided for you.