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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 10 - January's Journal

11 Feb 2016

January. It's always a bit of a 'meh' month. Christmas and New Year have come and gone, everyone's back to work, and the weather (in England at least) is shit. In fact, the third Monday in January is known as Blue Monday, due to it being the most depressing day of the year. Over all, January is not a happy month.

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2015 In Review

05 Feb 2016

One thing you may have noticed with these blog posts, is that almost all the figures and data start from September 2015, when I started working on BugMuncher full time. Now that 2015 is over, it seems like a good time to look back on the year in its entirety, comparing things now to how they were when BugMuncher was just my side-project. I’ll also be looking at my plans for 2016.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 9 - Sacrifice

26 Jan 2016

You may have noticed in Part 8 that my savings didn't drop very much through December when compared to previous months. There's a good reason for that - Sacrifice. I've always said that if computers didn't exist I'd be a mechanic. For as long as I can remember two things have really fascinated me: computers, and cars.

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You'll Never Really Be Your Own Boss

11 Jan 2016

A little while ago I was thinking about what it is that makes me want to run my own business, it’s a question that often plagues me during the dark, uncertain times - “Why the hell am I doing this?” Usually I settle on the same few reasons:

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Dropping Support for Internet Explorer 7

08 Jan 2016

This is a happy and sad moment for me - I’ve decided to drop BugMuncher’s support for Internet Explorer 7. You may be wondering why I’m a little saddened by this, as developing for old versions of Internet Explorer feels like being punished for the sins of past life.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 8 - December's Details

05 Jan 2016

With the end of the year looming, I had predicted December to be a quiet month. I was pretty sure I wouldn't maintain my 10% month on month growth, as businesses would be winding down for the year. Sometimes it's good to be wrong.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 7 - Can't Buy me Love (or customers)

18 Dec 2015

Back in October of last year, I was approached by a company named Inkia, asking if I'd be interested in having BugMuncher appear in an advertising campaign named “The Best Tools For Web Developers”. At this point, BugMuncher was still just my little side project, but I'd been considering trying some paid advertising.

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BugMuncher now has a WordPress Plugin

11 Dec 2015

According to a recent report, WordPress is powering 58.8% of all websites, including some high profile sites like TechCrunch, Wired and Match.com. With over half of all websites being WordPress powered, it really shouldn’t have taken this long for BugMuncher to get its very own WordPress Plugin.

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Why I Tell My Users To Try My Competitors

08 Dec 2015

No two companies are identical, ever. Sometimes a company will spring up that seems to be a clone of an existing company, but on closer inspection there will always be some very important differentiating factors.

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How to Reduce Shopping Cart Abandonment

07 Dec 2015

Shopping cart abandonment is unavoidable, it’s not possible to achieve 0% abandonment, as there will always be some customers who add things to their cart, with out ever intending to purchase. Having said that, there are many things you can do to keep shopping cart abandonment to a minimum.

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