Archive of: Business

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

Having set up my own business,, 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 [...]

Complying with PCI DSS when using a hosted payment page

This is part two of a post about moving away from PayPal to your own merchant account and hosted payment page solution – read part one here. The advice below is for those who are using hosted payment pages on a compliant Payment Service Provider (PSP) and is [...]

How to move your online sales away from PayPal

For one reason or another you might be thinking of moving away from PayPal to your own merchant account and payment gateway. We did just that for our CMS product, Perch. However the process of getting set up with such a system is often fairly opaque to a [...]

Financial things to know when starting a business or taking on your first freelance job in the UK

I keep answering questions on Forrst from people who are taking on some freelance work for the first time, or starting a business, so rather than keep writing the same responses there I thought I’d write up my suggestions here. This is obviously UK specific advice and I am [...]

If all you have is a hammer...

I try and avoid discussing things on Twitter given that forming a coherent argument in 140 characters or less is almost impossible, however I was engaged in a short discussion today with @TJRLZ who couldn’t understand why this site is based on WordPress when my company develops custom [...]

On "mumpreneurs" and other labels

I read a lot of business writing and recently the term mumpreneur (mompreneur in the USA) seems to have become popular, increasingly being used to describe any female who manages the amazing feet of running a business having reproduced at some point in the past. I had a

StartUp Britain - what do new businesses really need?

Hot on the heels of the announcement of the demise of local Business Link advisory services comes StartUp Britain, a new initiative that boldly claims,

StartUp Britain is designed to make it easier for new companies and innovations to flourish and encourage people who aspire to start new businesses to [...]

Pricing your product

While writing a quick comment on Paul Boag’s recent post I thought that the issue of pricing online products, and specifically how we approached setting a price for Perch, might be of interest to anyone else considering how to charge for their work.

Perch is a content [...]

Reselling web hosting to clients

With the rise in inexpensive virtual private server (VPS) packages, the web is full of hosting companies making web designers and developers the enticing sounding offer of “becoming their own web host”. This is one of those things that sounds a really great idea until you start to unpack [...]

Understanding your medium

“The UI is not just an interface between the browser and a human, it’s an interface between a human and a database. You can’t have an interface unless you can connect to both things. If you don’t know how your interface connects to a database, what are you interfacing to? [...]

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