Archive of: Business

How the EU VAT rules make EU startups and digital businesses uncompetitive in a global market.

I believe that the EU VAT changes will make European businesses less competitive, both financially and in terms of the barriers to purchase we will need to throw up.

How small companies and freelancers can deal with the VATMOSS EU VAT changes

I woke up this morning and my inbox was full of VAT questions. I’m not an expert but here are the possible routes for people needing to deal with the VATMOSS situation.

Implementing the new EU VAT Rules

A post about how we are changing our systems to collect the proof of customer location required to comply with the new EU VAT rules.

No Exit Plan

How do we reconcile the things we enjoy doing with the things we need to do for growth to happen? How do we stop ourselves becoming the sort of business that we never wanted to run?

The horrible implications of the EU VAT "Place of Supply" change

The new UK VAT rules potentially catch micro-businesses that are not registered for VAT. Any unregistered freelancer who also sells an ebook or licensed software needs to take a look at this right now.

Technical editing as a service - the Book Toolkit

I’m launching a new site including a fixed price technical editing service for ebook authors and self-publishers.

Selling Simplicity

The problem we have with marketing Perch is that at the core of Perch is simplicity. In this post I write about why that is important, but why it presents us with a constant marketing challenge.

Using tweets as social proof

Some thoughts on ways I use Tweets as “social proof” that people find our product, and presentations that I do, valuable.

Support the independents

I sometimes wonder if all of these “free” products and services people get to use has skewed all of our understanding of how the product/customer relationship works when applied to businesses that do not have funding.

Do you "trust your gut" or rely on data in business?

Thinking about how many of us in the bootstrapping community rely on gut feelings rather than data when making major decisions.

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