Chances are good that you’ve heard about freemium software, but you might not know what it is, or if it’s supposed to be a good thing or a bad thing. However, if you’re a subcontractor looking for every edge you can get, then your ears should perk up whenever this term comes up.

What is Freemium Software

The word “freemium” is a combination of the words free and premium, and freemium software is a combination of free and premium features in a single package. The idea behind freemium software is that it allows users to initially make use of some of the software’s more basic features (which shows them the value of the software), while keeping more complex features behind a paywall. It’s a free sample, and an advertisement for itself, all wrapped up in one! This kind of software is a win-win situation for subcontractors looking for new tools. On the one hand, there is no upfront cost to use it, so if your business can use the basic features, you can get those free of charge. However, if you need access to those more advanced tools, then you already have the software ready to use. All you must do is pay the fee, and you’ll unlock all of the software’s functions.

PlanHub’s Philosophy

While freemium software may not be as common these days as it was during the height of shareware more than a decade ago, we believe that people should be able to try something before they buy it. That’s why any subcontractor who signs up to PlanHub will be able to use all our basic functions free of charge. And if they feel they need full access to everything we offer including further features, a chance to receive more bid opportunities, and more communications with general contractors, they can get it for a small fee. For more about PlanHub and what we can offer you, simply contact us today!


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