Thanks Amazon, for another badly-delivered package.

Recently Amazon has shifted over from using UPS or FedEx for deliveries in my area, they now use their own delivery people under the name AMZL, or Amazon Logistics. It seems they’ve already gained a reputation for being awful. Today I had my experience with their terrible deliveries. Unfortunately I haven’t found any way to …

Creating a Business Plan

by Steve Pavlina, founder of Dexterity Software. Reproduced with permission. This article is part of a series. It’s true that you don’t need to create a formal business plan in order to start a business. You can kickstart a business very quickly without having to plan out every detail in advance. That said, there can be tremendous value in …

Going Full-Time

by Steve Pavlina, founder of Dexterity Software. Reproduced with permission. Part of a series. Only 3% of people ever achieve the dream of starting their own business. A common statistic is that 80% of new businesses fail in their first five years, and of those that succeed, 80% of them fail in their next five years. …

To Plan or Not To Plan

by Steve Pavlina, founder of Dexterity Software. Reproduced with permission. Part of a series. In the Association of Shareware Professionals newsgroups, we often discuss whether or not it’s worthwhile to create a business plan for one’s shareware business. There is often much confusion about what level of planning is appropriate for small companies in our rapidly …

If No Independent Developers Are 100 Times Smarter Than You, Then Why Do Some Get 100 Times the Results?

by Steve Pavlina, founder of Dexterity Software. Reproduced with permission. Several months ago I decided to conduct an informal but lengthy study of successful shareware businesses. The primary question I asked was this: Why are some shareware developers more successful than others? I looked at dozens of shareware businesses with sales ranging from only a few …

Conducting a Project Postmortem

by Steve Pavlina, founder of Dexterity Software. Reproduced with permission. Part of a series. Given all the responsibilities that shareware authors face, it isn’t surprising that they seldom take the time to conduct project postmortems. A postmortem is a procedure whereby you summarize a project’s history and analyze its positive and negative aspects. The goal of …