Jumping Head First into the Unknown WordPress Project
For the last several years I’ve working hard, head down developing and supporting Smart eCart (formally GBS) 1. Recently I’ve moved away from working full-time on that project but found myself without a clear direction as to what was next.
I contemplating getting back into full-time freelancing web development; for a stretch I was toying with getting a “real job” working for a team that I always wanted to work for; my original plan was go to school to learn iOS development. Instead I decided to keep doing what I’ve been doing, building and supporting a premium WordPress product. However the big difference: I’m on my own this time.
Deciding to build an app wasn’t as difficult as it was to figure out what I should build. At first I was looking to build an e-commerce solution for booking. That idea and many others didn’t last long because I found no real opportunity to break-in with the current solutions already available. I also didn’t want to build something that I’d never use myself.
I ultimately decided on building a WordPress plugin for estimates and invoicing after getting really annoyed with harvest 2. Under the advisement of good a friend I was led think bigger and build more than just an estimate and invoicing app. Instead, I could have the invoicing app as the cornerstone to a whole suite of apps/plugins.
That’s what I’ve been working on. Sprout Apps will start selling Sprout Invoices 1.0 in August and there’s a lot to get done in the next three weeks in order for that to happen. A. Lot.
@dancameron good post!
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Dan, I’m so happy to see you going ahead with this. I strongly feel it is the right direction and I can see a lot of success in your future. I’m really pulling for you, so if there is ever anything I can do to help, please let me know.
Thank you so much. Not sure where I would be without your confidence in the idea, also your ideas on how it should be sold should help it be viable.
I’m sure we will be talking a lot leading up to the launch.
@dancameron also, did you switch themes or something? I think I caught you in the middle of a cache burst – lol.