It’s a common trend among open source businesses to share their statistics in some form of a transparency report. Scott Bollinger collected some of those statistics from various WordPress businesses who shared their numbers this year and compared them.
It’s mostly for statistical data for presentations, and to analyze what business models people are using. I also have some knowledge that isn’t public information (from my own businesses, and people I know) that gives me a little extra insight.
But he also adds that you probably shouldn’t compare yourself too much as none of them were overnight successes. Plus, it’s mostly the successful companies sharing numbers.
Personal note to all my fellow business owners: don’t compare yourself and feel bad because you aren’t making what some of these businesses are. There is a lot of back story to these that you don’t know about, none of these people were overnight successes. If that’s you, read this post by Matt Medeiros.
A very insightful post and i find it pretty incredible what some of them achieved.
Adii Pienaar writes about his views on bootstrapping a business and why he thinks it’s not just about the source of funding.
I learnt this the hard way, when I self-funded PublicBeta last year and whilst doing so again now with Receiptful. Self-funding essentially falls within the greater definition of what it means to bootstrap a business, but there’s a major disparity in practice.
I can summarize that disparity with one question: If Mark Zuckerberg were to sell Facebook and thereafter “invested” $1bn of his own money into a new startup, is that still bootstrapping?
I couldn’t agree more.
An interesting talk by Chris Wiegman about code security for WordPress Developers.
Today Automattic announced the acquisition of WooThemes. With a rumored price of $30 million in cash and stock and the integration of 55 employees into their existing teams this is by far the largest acquisition for Automattic as well as in the larger WordPress space. Yet for a company that dominates the e-commerce world like Woo does, with a quarter of all online-stores running on WooCommerce, this still seems like a reasonable price. I’m sure those two teams are a great fit and i’m looking forward to what they can build together.
Pipping Williamson with some tips on how you can improve the chances of getting your plugin approved in the WordPress Plugin Directory.
There are plenty of advices and techniques out there on how to be more productive and i’m sure you read most of what i write somewhere else before.
But anyway, i’d like to summarize what worked for me and what i changed over the last months to become way more productive than before.
1. Weekly Reviews
If you are a Freelancer and work on your own on most projects, it’s so damn easy to loose focus. Especially if working on side-projects with no direct monetary benefits or fixed deadlines it can be really hard to keep track. One really simple thing i started this year is writing a Weekly Review each Friday outlining which projects i worked on, the progress i made and what i plan for next week.
Even if you’re not going to keep your own word and have a To-Do in that “planned” list that you haven’t got done, i found that it puts a lot more pressure on me if i have to write it down again each week, rather than just moving an item in my Calendar.
2. Default your Calendar View to Weekly or Daily
Most of the time, i used iCal in Monthly View to plan ahead. This often led to unrealistically overbooked days because i just moved things around without really thinking about how long something will take. Of course, getting a birds-eye view from time to time is needed, but i default to the weekly view now and it helps a lot to plan things more realistic.
3. Publicly announce your side-project
As mentioned in the first paragraph, it’s hard to plan in enough time for side-projects, especially when a client with a paid job knocks on your door. Announcing your project publicly can help to put some pressure on yourself and to take a side-project more serious.
4. Blog daily (or do whatever, daily)
At the beginning of January, i basically just had the idea to relive this blog and felt that when i don’t post something daily i will soon loose traction again. So i kept to publish something daily for more than four months now. To be honest, i have no idea how that fits in with productivity and why it should be included in this list. It’s probably just that having any kind of daily routine, whatever it is, can help to train your overall discipline and that in the end will make you more productive.
There’s plenty more things i tried, but these are the most important one’s and even if they sound small and easy, they worked quite well for me.
What’s your secret productivity tipp?
After all those “one week with the Apple Watch” reviews, this is probably the most brilliant piece i read so far. About this thing on your wrist.
Very few notice the thing on the wrist. That makes me happy. But some do see it. Once they see it they say, Oh is that the thing? And I say, Yes it is the thing. And they ask, Has it changed your life? And I shrug. And they are so disappointed. They want me to say, Yes. Yes it has changed my life. The wrist thing. It’s made me a better man, a stronger man, a more thoughtful man. But, no. This is what I say: I say, Look, it shows maps. And they Ooooo. And I show them the remote camera and they Ahhhhh. And I say, look — my heartbeat. And they say, Wow, you have a high resting heart rate. And I sigh and say, I know. Oh, how I know.