payPod Small Business Blog

A small business blog from one business owner to another. Keep up to date with payPod developments and read articles about small business advice, challenges and everyday musings.

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.

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.