I really liked the non-nonsense approach to building a two-sided marketplace here, as seen from the supplier’s POV: bribe everyone
I structure my contracts as though I’m on retainer ($x/w or $x/mo, regardless of hours worked) and keep “office hours” (eg. I make myself available between 7am and 3pm M-F), but when and how long I work for each day is completely up to me. I find this completely eliminates the ambiguities you mentioned and also makes it clear that I am a contractor and not an employee.
Great question. I did contract work for more than ten of the past fifteen years, and I’ve tried several different methods of counting my time and hours and billing. The example you give (“do I bill for taking a ten minute break”) is a good one, but there’s an opposite question that is worth considering: “do I bill for the twenty minutes I spent thinking about this problem while in the shower”?
What I started doing was billing for all of the time that I was prevented from doing anything else. That means that the coffee break I took is billed for. The walk around the block because I had a difficult problem to solve is billed for. The shower, probably not: I would have showered anyhow.
It is about where cryptocurrency are coming from.
You have to put your email in to see anything. I think this sort of content should be banned from Barnacles.
But how is this submission relevant to barnacles? 🤔
A good example of what you’re talking about is Pinboard:
He made a useful service. He offered it to people who took it up. He kept it profitable. They enjoy it. He didn’t need all that fancy, upfront investment you’re calling out:
“Pinboard is written in PHP and Perl. The site uses MySQL for data storage, Sphinx for search, Beanstalk as a message queue, and a combination of storage appliances and Amazon S3 to store backups. There is absolutely nothing interesting about the Pinboard architecture or implementation; I consider that a feature!”
Even brags on how boring it is. It’s simple, it works, and it’s probably pretty cheap. What more could a bootstrapper really need or want in first deployment to small number of paying users? :)
The design of that website looks awfully familiar, ha.
Was a cool story though
I’ve mostly finished building the MVP of my Disqus competitor that won’t track your users or give that info to other parties, and doesn’t have those notifications or links that pull users away from your site.
Landing page – I know I know I should have done this first, but building it was fun even if it doesn’t gain traction.
Possibly implementing fully custom CSS/Styling (sanitized). Still deciding whether that should be part of the MVP or not. Probably not.
Soft launch and after that jump out of my comfort zone and try to sell :D
Outside of that I’m thinking of picking up a copy of Getting Things Done and at least 1 fiction book because I miss reading fiction. Really I just need to get away from a screen! Suggestions on books welcome :)
Good read! I read these every year, but this one was well done.
I am glad the post was useful, I have been struggling with it since the money left my account :)
It feels good knowing that I am not the only one struggling with this.
I am going to write more about it after the event and try to understand if this conf is really worth it for our kind of bootstrapped projects/situation.
That was useful. I’ve been mulling it over as well. It’s a pretty major undertaking.
Thanks, I will pass it to the artist!
Great illustrations :).