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How I turned my side project into a profitable startup

09 Jan 2017

As regular readers will already know, in November 2016 BugMuncher finally reached profitability, completing the quest I embarked upon 15 months ago. It’s pretty awesome to know that BugMuncher is now covering all of my living expenses, and is 100% bootstrapped, ie: no outside funding, and no debts.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 23 - November's Numerations

12 Dec 2016

Much to my relief, November was a really good month, but then, it didn’t take much to be better than the shit sandwich that was October.

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Analytics has become useless

07 Dec 2016

When I first started working full time on BugMuncher, the first thing I’d do each day was log in to Google Analytics and see how the site was performing. Now, a little over a year later, I look at analytics less than once a week.

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Recognising and Dealing With the Early Stages of Burn Out

16 Nov 2016

By the end of October 2016, I was teetering on the edge of burn out, and needed to do something about it. With hindsight it was odd that I didn't notice sooner, I acheived pretty much nothing throughout the whole of October.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 22 - October's Occurrences

14 Nov 2016

I’ll start by resolving last month’s cliffhanger - both of the overdue subscriptions ended up being cancelled, not a great start to the month. And in the spirit of start as you mean to go on, October didn’t really get much better.

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From Side Project to Profitable Startup - Part 21 - September's Statistics

11 Oct 2016

I liked September, September was a good month. Not only did it mark a year since I began this ludicrous quest to earn a living from my little side-project, it was also a great month for revenue growth, AND I got a lot of shit done!

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Lead Generation from Bug Reports

03 Oct 2016

Whenever someone gives feedback or submits a bug report on your website with a tool like BugMuncher, they usually have the option to provide their email address so that you can respond to them. If someone takes the time to give feedback on your website, there's a good chance they're interested in your product, and you could classify them as a warm lead.

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Programming Challenge: Mission Accomplished

27 Sep 2016

It was a hell of a week, but I managed to complete my self-set programming challenge. Total time spent on the challenge was 32.25 hours, which may not seem like much, but considering I still had to complete the normal day-to-day running of BugMuncher tasks, and I don't buy in to the whole you must work 80 hour weeks to be successful bullshit, it was a pretty full on week of programming.

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Programming Challenge Day 5 - Fuck Basecamp

26 Sep 2016

Maybe I was starting feel the strain of pushing out all these API integrations in quick succession, but fuck Basecamp. Seriously, fuck it. Right in the ear. I had high hopes of Basecamp, after all, it was created by the same people who created Ruby on Rails, and I love Ruby on Rails.

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Programming Challenge Day 4 - GitLab

22 Sep 2016

GitLab seems to have very quickly come out of nowhere as a great contender to GitHub and Bitbucket for code hosting. I already have GitHub and Bitbucket integrations for BugMuncher, so of course I needed complete the holy trinity.

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