7 posts tagged know how you make money

Fuck You. Pay Me.

This is getting linked to from everywhere, so, if you haven’t seen it yet take this as a sign that you should probably watch it. I won’t say much, other than that I’ve made many of these mistakes and I’ve also had good contracts save my ass a couple times.

It’s Saturday and I bet you can find 40 minutes to watch or listen. If you are in client services or have ever contemplated going out on your own, you owe it to yourself. Like Monteiro, one of my biggest pet-peeves is that designers generally avoid the business of business. We talk big talk about wanting to do good work, but part of doing good work is handling the business end professionally. We owe it to ourselves—and to our clients.

Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud: Coudal

Even if you like your job (and your clients) Coudal’s profile in the 37signals Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud series is a good read.

Coudal’s firm was one of the first on my radar, back before I even started gb Studio. I remember passing their videos around the office, admiring how awesome the Jewelboxing line of products was, and wishing I’d thought of The DECK.

How to Make Money in 6 Easy Steps

I feel like I see this disconnect more in technology than anywhere else. My mom does not care that the new iPad is dual-core. She may not even care that it’s faster.

Lilly’s Table: Delicious Meal Planning/Recipe Site

People get it, and they’re willing to pay for it. This is exactly the type of response we wanted from people as Lilly and I originally started talking about Lilly’s Table. It’s exciting to see others join on.

Ramen Profitable

Excellent article by Paul Graham. What is interesting to me is that the idea of “Ramen Profitability” somehow seems new. It may be in the tech scene, but most non-tech startups have always worked as quickly as possible to support the founders by, you know, making money (even if they have loans or other investment to pay back).

Business Models

or not.

A great post on the ins-and-outs of building a web company and why a business model isn’t all that important starting out. The problem is, I disagree. Now, sometimes you’re onto a new technology that is so amazing that it makes sense to go for it and let the business work itself out later (which is essentially what he is proposing). But I think too many people treat their startup this way, when, in reality, their startup is nothing new.

If you’re nothing new, it begs the question: why start it if you don’t know how you’ll make money?