3 Most Effective Keys to Successfully Starting Killer Online Products

The problem is often not the functionality or application bugs. The flaws start at the very beginning in the planning stages.Writing code is expensivePHP, Python, Java, Ruby, ASP... pick your poison. Anytime you open your editor and start writing classes before really hashing out the concept, you set yourself up for a lot of lost work.Writing code without a real plan is like putting parts on an assembly line and waiting until the product comes out the other side before tweaking. The problem isn'...

Capitalize on Your Luck - Rely on Your Ability

For me, it was a simple stroke of luck, mixed with a few good connections. I was finally able to quit my shitty 12-hour night security job and do what I'm passionate about. Working on the web. Advising, building and learning about how to get better at this "web thing."For the first time in my life I was free of working for someone else. It was great. It wasn't big money in general terms. It was enough to out earn most people working with a degree.Work, prep and a little luckI would of never ever...

Open Your Ears to What People Are Saying

Creating products and services is fun! Getting feedback on your work is even better.You can't loose. Someone tells you what's wrong, you can change it. You get praise, shit, now you have momentum.Great products are destroyed and made with feedback. You need to know who to listen to and who to forget about.Listen to the masses, forget about individual petty nit picking. Focus on your audience, every day improve one aspect of your service. Then keep going....

Why I love running my own business

Running a business is a very raw form of getting real with who you are, why you do what you do, how good you are at what you do and if you have the survival skills to battle through building a real business.It's been over a year now since I was able to quit my job. Now I make more money on my own than I ever did anywhere.Unlike everyone thinks, I don't get to "set my own hours" ... that is, not always. I don't always get to choose my own clients. Often times, I find myself filled to the brim w...

Why you should think small before you start hiring

Finding good people is difficult. Finding great people is even harder. Hiring people is a decision that takes a lot of forethought.Putting other people's lives at riskWhen hiring, you have to consider what you're about to offer your employees. Are they going to work for you on a long term basis? Are you established well enough to take on this kind of responsibility?These people may have families and obligations that will depend on the job you give them. You have to consider the moral responsibil...

Stop business blogging, start teaching

Business blogging sucks. It's dry, full of sales crap and usually doesn't have an ounce of passion.People don't subscribe to dry sales pitches. Readers subscribe to content that peaks their interest.Business blogging usually revolves around pumping out content that aims to (1) get search traffic and (2) get readers to buy something at the end. This kind of content rarely offers any real value to readers. Instead of selling, teach your customersWe like content that helps us learn a new trick, t...

Want to write exceptional content? Do this ...

Content writing can be fairly hard. Everyone gets writers block at some point of their blogging career.Don't think of new ideas, let them come to youForced inspiration is noticeable. True inspiration shows. When you just want to get some content out but have no energy to write, it's best to give it break. My best blog content was inspired when I was either, writing, reading other great content or not thinking about blogging at all.Some of your best ideas might hit you while you're walking down...