November 29, 2015 Business

The Importance of “The Bigger Picture”

I’ve been spending the week before WordCamp US in New York City, adjusting to the time zone difference, meeting some clients and WordPress folks, and browsing around. As usual, discussions with smart entrepreneurs and developers are insightful, challenging the mind and providing various ideas for experimentation and validating different models. Workflow and Operations While chatting today with a few great

September 15, 2015 Business

On WordPress Development Retainers

With over 40 people working at DevriX right now, we have revised our service solutions and focused on promoting a type of service that combines our recurring revenue goal with iterative development solutions for some of our clients. While we do provide maintenance services, we realized that a development retainer would be incredibly useful for most of our leads. This month

August 24, 2015 Business

The Problem With Investors And Scaling – Uber Examples

Note: I started the post a few months ago, so there may be some slightly outdated facts. I’m a great proponent of bootstrapped companies, and I’ve always admired successful businesses that managed to grow without taking on seed funding or various types of investment. We’re in our fifth year as a team at DevriX and while

July 29, 2015 Business

Blogging And Helping the WordPress Business Ecosystem

There’s been a good amount of WP drama lately for various reasons, but one of the most important ones is struggling. Because that’s where many people are in the WordPress community – they struggle. Freelancers work with non-educated customers asking for cheap changes. Agencies have a hard time growing since decent clients tend to avoid WordPress for

July 21, 2015 Business

My WordPress Advice and Tips for Business Owners at Mr Marketology

I spent some time with Jeff from The Marketology Group for his podcast Mr Marketology discussing the WordPress world and best practices. Don’t mind the small “P” in WordPress, other than that it was a great chat and it reminded me again how many basic bits from the WordPress ecosystem aren’t obvious to people outside

July 13, 2015 Business

7 Reasons Why I Avoid Estimates

Every time I need to do estimates, I cringe a little. I no longer do estimates for small and medium clients since it creates false expectations and takes a huge amount of time. Which is why I talk about pricing and budgets a lot: An Estimate is Not a Deadline Estimation is Arbitrary – Risk is Out

June 4, 2015 Business

Customizer Everywhere – No, Thanks, Here’s Why

When I wrote my post about the voluntarily business decisions last week, I tried to stress on the fact that a minor change may have a big impact, and for some this may be pretty critical. Now we have a major decision that followed some other major ones, including the theme review requirement that Customizer is

June 1, 2015 Business

WordPress Outsourcing and Hiring Talent (A Complete Guide)

With a 33% market share across the web, WordPress is the most sought-after technical platform. This commands the need of hiring professional WordPress developers who serve tens of millions of businesses utilizing the platform. While this guide on hiring and outsourcing uses WordPress as a leading context, it’s just as applicable for other technical stacks

May 25, 2015 Business

Business Decisions Impacting Your Customers Could Be Fatal

As a WordPress agency owner running my business and being responsible for dozens of people, my main goal is stability. Stability in Business John Lennon once said: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans” Since life is fragile itself and things change every single minute, the least we could do is stabilize as many variables

April 30, 2015 Business

Your WordPress Business is Not There Yet

Given the large number of WordPress-based discussions on pricing, costs, consultant’s fees and product licenses, it’s no wonder why some people get frustrated about the Community and the understanding of Open Source. Other than the mentality and the usual incompetent statements such as: “But WordPress is free!” or “There should be a free plugin to