Your business model is how you make money.
Business models are associated with, and to a large extent define, license models.
Your license model is the terms and conditions you associate with the use of your software.
The most common software- related business models make money by
- Providing unfettered access to or use of the application for a defined period of time
- Charging a percentage of the revenue obtained or costs saved from using the application
- Charging for a transaction, that is, a defined and measurable unit of work
- Metering access to or use of the application, or something the application processes
- Charging for the hardware the application runs on, not the application itself
- Providing one or more services that are intimately related to application operation and/or use
Business models associated with users (such as concurrent user licensing) motivate integration with corporate systems that manage users (such as LDAP servers).
Make certain you understand every right associated with your business model. Separating rights may provide more opportunities to create revenue.
License models may be enforced by home-grown or third-party professional license managers.