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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 6 - November's Numbers

02 Dec 2015

November was definitely an interesting month, mostly because I executed on a minor pivot, and am now targeting BugMuncher specifically at eCommerce sites and online apps. The update has been really well received, and I personally think BugMuncher's UX is now by a wide margin the best it's ever been. But that's all stuff for a future post, as today it's all about the numbers.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 5 - An Ode to Fucking Up.

24 Nov 2015

While there are many advantages to being a small start up with the "Move fast and break things" mentality, there are also disadvantages. One of which is that you are going to fuck up. Repeatedly.

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1,000 Users Later

13 Nov 2015

One Thousand Users. It’s quite a milestone. Kind of a big deal, you may say. Probably one to be celebrated. So why the hell didn’t I notice when it happened?

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 4 - Pivot, PIVOT!

11 Nov 2015

Suddenly it all comes rushing back to me - I'm in school, in a really boring lesson (usually History), and I've been day dreaming, maybe even actually sleeping. The teacher has asked me a question, and I have no idea what the answer is. I am the deer in the proverbial headlights.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 3 - Shit shit shit shit shit!

03 Nov 2015

Shit shit shit shit shit! That's a lot of shit. Much like Four Weddings and a Funeral, my October started with a lot of good old middle-class, English, swearing. In September I had increased the price of BugMuncher's Corporate plan, but I was grandfathering my existing subscribers, so what could possibly go wrong?

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 2 - Suspiciously Optimistic

29 Oct 2015

September got off to a flying start, as on the first day of the month I received an email notification that a free trial user had converted to a paid subscription, on the Start Up $49 / month plan. It didn't take me long to break my “focus all energy on marketing” goal, about 3 minutes I believe. The very first thing I did as a full time founder was open up Sublime Text and start coding.

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Content Marketing Doesn't Work (Except When it Does)

27 Oct 2015

I love content marketing. Well, I love the idea of content marketing. Actually, it's not so much that I love content marketing, it's more that I dislike what I refer to as traditional marketing.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 1 - I'm Scared

22 Oct 2015

Hi There, I'm Matt, BugMuncher's Founder and only employee, and I'm scared: I'm scared of writing this series of blog posts, I'm scared of giving up my lucrative freelance career, and I'm that scared that posting a big picture of my face will seem unprofessional and narcissistic. And yet I'm doing all three of those things.

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5 Reasons I Get Nothing Done When Working From Home

16 Oct 2015

Most days I operate out a local co-working space, but sometimes I’ll work from home. I’ve noticed I’m less productive when I’m working from home, here are the five most common reasons why:

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Your Start Up's free trial is too damn long!

14 Oct 2015

How long is your SaaS Start Up’s free trial? 14 days? 30 days? 60 days? Well what ever it is, the chances are it’s too long. You’re not alone though, as until recently, BugMuncher’s free trial was too damn longtm as well. I’d always offered a free trial of 30 days, for no reason other than that’s what lots of other start ups were offering. Having given it some thought, and done some analysis, it turned out 30 days was about 27 more than most people needed. As a result, BugMuncher now offers a much saner 10 day free trial.

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