How & When to Say No to a Client

Saying ‘no’ is one of the most important things I have learned how to do during my time as a developer, business owner, and freelancer.

Not saying no can easily lead to a far more enraged client than if you had blindly given in to all of their requests. It can also cost you a lot of money, time and health to try to keep up with constant changes or scope creep.

Now, I’m not saying you should default to “No”, but here are some clear examples I have dealt with first-hand

payPod 2020 Update - New Features & Payment Plans

Six months ago, an announcement was made that new paid features would be introduced. While there were some delays, I am happy to announce that the much-requested features have now been made available.

We have introduced two new paid plans. Those who previously purchased "payPod Lifetime Unbranded" will, of course, retain the unbranded invoices and quotes whether they upgrade to a paid plan or not.

Please see the upgrade page for an overview of pricing and features.

payPod Update - New Developments

This is a follow-up to this announcement where I mentioned plans to develop payPod further, and requested feedback on what people would like to see.

Based on the many feedback emails received, development of several new features is underway. Some free improvements have already been rolled out, such as the email history and email bounce notifications when sending quotes and invoices.

The Future of payPod

First off, I would like to say "thank you" to all of you who continue to use payPod.

Secondly, I want to apologize for the lack of attention I have given payPod. While payPod has continued to grow organically over the past 8 years - without much in the way of marketing - I have not given the product nearly enough attention as I should have. While I have maintained the security of the system, I have not developed new features, nor made any significant improvements. I want to change that.

6 Core Components of Inbound Marketing Explained

At its core, inbound marketing aims to attract visitors through the creation and promotion of engaging, informative and enjoyable online content. The goal is aimed at converting these anonymous visitors into a lead, and then into a customer. The mission, after that, is to delight the customer enough that they begin spreading your online content; thus, successfully attracting more anonymous visitors. If executed correctly, this will eventually create a powerful marketing lifecycle.

4 Ways Starting an Online Business Turns Your Life Upside Down

I learned the hard way, that starting your own small business is extremely challenging. It’s a known fact that most small businesses fail within a few years if they even survive the first three months. Starting an online business, or even moving to a freelancing career will completely change your life. Here’s my experience of starting an online venture.

Tax Invoice Legal Requirements in South Africa

Updated: 14 May 2019

As a small business owner or freelancer, it is easy to get caught up in all your sales and purchases that you forget about checking to make sure all legal requirements are met, especially when it comes to tax. It is imperative, however, that you become familiar with the legal requirements of tax invoices and VAT if you don’t want to land yourself in hot water.

The Pros and Cons of Owning a Small Business

Whether you are looking to starting a business or already have, you might have already given thought to the pros and cons of owning a business. Personally, it took me many years to fully realize the ups and downs of being self-employed. So much, that I actually ran back to full-time employment for just over a year, before throwing my hands up and running back to the freelance arena.

Here’s what I have learned during my seven years working a web developer.