Archive of: business

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.

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.

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.

We're Not "Doing a Startup" - video from UIKonf

A video of my presentation, We’re Not “Doing a Startup” from UIKonf in Berlin.

Mailing lists for bootstrappers

A short list of my favourite email newsletters for bootstrappers and micro-entrepreneurs – everything from devops to marketing.

What Happens If You Succeed?

We think and talk a lot about failure, but very rarely do we discuss what happens if our ideas really take off. Are we building a business that we want to be a success?

Chapter 1: The Profitable Side Project Handbook

The first chapter of my book, The Profitable Side Project Handbook.

Perfectionism or procrastination? Reframing the Minimum Viable Product.

Some thoughts on perfectionism and that a “Minimum Viable Product” doesn’t need to mean something of low quality or a prototype.

Don't Benchmark Your Success Against Outliers

In reality building a profitable product business takes a long time. It might be a few years before your business reaches a point where you can say no to client work, or quit your job.

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