Is It Time To Cut Funding For Neglected Projects?

Have you been plowing money into projects you're not working on? I did. But not anymore.

Confession: For two years, I paid for a website that doesn’t exist.


When I decided to launch, I decided to launch another site too. I went to GoDaddy and got hosting and domain names for both. I’ve continued paying the fees for both.

That’s absurd since I’ve only launched one site.

I selected my WordPress theme for the other site, created and formatted the banner and uploaded one post. I did all that within the first month when my excitement was at its peak of my excitement. I haven’t touched that site since.

Two years is too long to pay for a so-called work-in-progress that I”m not working on and that I’m unlikely to start working on anytime soon. In honor of Money Making May, I canceled the hosting service for the website I never launched and I won’t renew the domain name.

That change will save me about $120 a year, which isn’t a huge sum of money. But there also isn’t any benefit in me paying for service I’m not using.

The reason I wasted my money so long is the same reason people waste money on gym memberships but don’t work out. No one likes to admit that they’re not following through on their plans. But it’s better to confront a bitter truth than to give your money away.

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If you’re paying for a website you’re not working on, paying for Adobe Creative Cloud to design a book cover for a book you’re not writing or otherwise investing in neglected projects, cancel those services and save your money.

But what if you have difficulty determining if the projects have a future?

It’s not really about whether there’s a future. It’s about how distant that future is.

Consider the last time you worked on the project. Be honest about the next time you will work on it.

Get boss-mode with yourself. If you were managing a department, could you justify the spending to corporate? If you survived on donations, could you convince donors to continue funding the project?

If other people wouldn’t be satisfied with how the money was being spent, you probably shouldn’t be cool with it either. And that means it’s probably time to cut the cord on the funding.