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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 16 - May's Monotony

13 Jun 2016

May was a strange month, it felt like every time someone started a paid subscription, someone else cancelled theirs. One step forward, one step back. I finished the month up on April, albeit only slightly, so I’m still happy. More importantly, I’m still hovering around the 12 months runway mark.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 15 - April's Accounts

11 May 2016

Well, April was another good month, not quite March good, but growth has continued a very healthy upward trend, while revenue, income and runway are still looking good.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 14 - Expenses

22 Apr 2016

I’ve spent a lot of time in this blog series talking about profit (or lack there of), and I’ve mentioned a couple of times that BugMuncher costs me around £1,800 / month to run, but I’ve never gone into more detail than that. There’s a good reason I’ve never gone into more detail, it’s not due to my usual fear or a lack of transparency, It’s simply that I didn’t know the full details, £1,800 is an estimate.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 13 - March's Maths

11 Apr 2016

After a disappointing February, I’d been starting to wonder if growth would be in decline. After all, as revenue grows, it takes more and more new customers to achieve my 10% month-on-month growth target. Thankfully March proved that fear to be unfounded.

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What Happens When The Runway Runs Out?

06 Apr 2016

Unless you either live in Silicon Valley, or, like me, spend far too much of your time reading about people who live in Silicon Valley, you may be unfamiliar with the term ‘runway’ in this context. When talking about startups, runway is simply a measure of how long a not-yet-profitable startup has left to live.

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A Thing That I Do (Which may or may not help)

18 Mar 2016

A lot of my blog posts seem to start with some story from my past, and I see no need to buck that trend now - to the time machine!

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 12 - February's Figures

11 Mar 2016

If you read last month's update, you'll know February had a lot to live up to. Like the proverbial middle child, overshadowed by an older sibling, February didn't stand a chance. I mean, it's not even got as many days as January, how could it possibly compete?

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How to Choose an Email Service to Replace Mandrill

04 Mar 2016

When I think about what's been going on with Mandrill recently, one word comes to mind - “Clusterfuck”. Many Mandrill customers are now looking for alternative services, so this post compares the competition.

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5 WordPress Plugins you almost definitely need

03 Mar 2016

Once upon a time, before I started working full time on BugMuncher, I was a freelance website developer. Ruby on Rails was (and still is) my weapon of choice. Going even further back in time, before I discovered the beauty of Ruby on Rails, I worked in PHP, and built a lot of websites using WordPress.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 11 - On Little Failures

24 Feb 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, I regret to inform you that I have failed. By failed I don't mean “Total Mission Failure”, BugMuncher growth is still on target. It's more like the failure of an optional side quest.

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