I work in software development, and by personal choice (i.e. neither regulated nor required by my workplace), I use the text editor Sublime Text to write code on a daily basis. Sublime Text is free to use indefinitely, but occasionally prompts the user to purchase a license. It's a great program, and I believe the developer deserves compensation, especially because I use the software every day.
I use Sublime for both personal and professional projects. Because I use it for personal projects, I'm inclined to simply purchase a license for myself. But, because I also use it for work, I'm also inclined to ask my employer for funds to purchase a license ($70). Is this a reasonable request to make?