Archive of: Business

Working from home and the proper business

A post inspired by the Bootstrapped podcast. Thinking about how we sometimes do things in our business just to validate ourselves as a proper business.

Credit and Risk - getting paid for your work

A post about getting paid for your work. Inspired by Episode 3 of Unfinished Business.

The importance of social media for product developers

Via comments made by some of our Perchers on Twitter I discovered this post by EllisLab. One of my main tips to people wanting to launch a product is “talk to people on Twitter”, and so here are some thoughts for other product developers as [...]

Book Review: A Practical Guide to Web App Success

First, a disclaimer. Emma Boulton at Five Simple Steps sent me a copy of A Practical Guide to Web App Success and asked if I would read it and maybe write a review, given that I often write about business issues. I love reading business books, so was [...]

On acquisitions, pricing and being part of an ecosystem

It is a week on from our launch of Perch 2, the new version of our really little content management system. Other than our payment gateway letting us down (more on that in another post this week) the launch has been a success. Our decision to also launch a [...]

A community for the bootstrappers

When we launched Perch, almost three years ago, we had to learn a lot of things and quickly. Despite having a successful services business in edgeofmyseat.com we had never launched a product. In many ways it was like setting up in business all over again, and we’ve learned [...]

Emerge mini-conference and the challenge of presenting online

On Monday 16th January I presented to online attendees of the Emerge Mini-conference for Web Heroines. Web Heroines is a project with a mission to:

… inspire, engage and inform women showing how bloomin’ marvelous the digital world can be.

As I explained to .NET Magazine when I was contacted by [...]

Be kind to one another

Something I have always loved about the web industry is the kindness and openness in the profession. We have all learned from each other, we all build on each other’s work. Throughout the history of this industry we’ve been creating things, sharing them and someone else has come along and [...]

Startups, lack of sleep, and finding better ways to do business

Earlier this week I was privileged to be invited to speak to a group of young people who are on a programme with The Prince’s Trust. I had been asked to do a short talk about my own experiences as a business owner – this being particularly relevant to them [...]

Setting people up to fail - why I am afraid of the "bubble"

Having set up my own business, edgeofmyseat.com, in 2001, in the wake of the dot com meltdown, I am feeling slightly unsettled at the current technology startup landscape. Not unsettled for my own company but for for those who are thinking about starting a business right now. They [...]

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