You’ve got a strong idea of a product that will win the affection and love of users, you’ve casually vetted it against the market and now want to build MVP.
One of the crucial steps at the beginning of your SaaS journey is to allocate your budget wisely and not throw money on MVP that may or may not gain traction.
Although it may seem that building a prototype should be quite inexpensive, in practice, the price of the prototype can reach $50k. Everything depends on your involvement, concept, stack, and expectations for your MVP (i.e. …
Developers have a significant role within a start-up as they design, code, and build the software. Non-technical people may ask why can’t they also manage and fix bugs during development? Some teams are indeed moving away from QA-based testing in favor of developer-based testing. But is that the right choice?
Testing code is not just about checking whether a developer has even built what he was supposed to build. There’s much more to it, especially within a large application. QA testers need to test the entire application with various inputs. Any edge case that wasn’t considered slips through, and you’re…
So you want to become the next Facebook for veterans, Uber for dry cleaning companies or YouTube for cooking videos, but all you need is an app or website?
Just how much could that cost?
You probably know me as the outsourcing guy, so I should normally just turn around, do my magic and come up with a quote for you.
But not this time.
I will be frank and blunt here.
It’s not about how much it costs to develop an Uber style app. …
So it’s happened. Despite your efforts to judge your freelancer or agency, you’re in the middle of a project and you realize your contractor is pretty much worthless.
Shit. What now?
As nerve-wracking as this situation can be, I’m here to help you get out safely.
That being said, tensions between contractor and contractee often arise from misalignment and a lack of clarity, which means that it’s often not just one party’s fault.
That’s why I’m not suggesting, or rather, asking you NOT to do any of the following, as tempting as they may seem:
Write a casual brief about what you need to get done. Include target audience, goals, what materials you already have, what you want created and your budget.
Important: NEVER start with “great developer needed for awesome project” — you’ll repel the good folks and only attract the desperate people.
I wrote a whole post on how to write a good job description on Upwork so that the great people actually reply.
Quick takeaways from successful serial founders
I just came back from MicroConf Europe in beautiful Barcelona, excited from hanging out with entrepreneurs at each stages and picking their brain for their secret tactics.
The talks were equally exciting, and during the conference I tweeted quotes of the most valuable lessons the speakers shared on product development.
Here they are, along with some helpful comments.
Feel free to retweet your favorites!
Peter Coppinger shared his amazing story of bootstrapping a SaaS business alongside running his web agency to $12 MLN in ARR.
Being a developer, loving…
Do you know basic Wordpress? Then this plugin is the best alternative to all the expensive landing page providers out there. Featuring Paul Metcalfe from pivotly.com.
Paul Metcalfe is a finance guy. He has a degree in international business and worked his way up from everyday accountant to business analyst and soon became a respected financial leader holding a key position in a Fortune 500 corporation, which is quite an impressive career.
Does your opening line put off your perfect match?
So you want to build a digital product. A SaaS app, platform or mobile app. But you’re not a developer, did I get that correctly? No worries. Let me help you with that. …
And what you should do differently on yours
This was my first ever interview, and not only was I very excited, I totally failed a couple of things. So if you’re about to get interviewed, here’s what you should do differently.
It’s probably good to prepare some notes for the most important points you want to make. I’ve completely overdone it, though. I had so many notes — most…
Nobody likes bugs. But when they occur — get them fixed fast by following these guidelines to deliver all the information your developers truly need.
Seems very easy. But do you want to know more about each of these steps? I posted a complete guide on this topic here — https://www.trustshoring.com/blog/get-bugs-fixed-faster-with-the-right-description/