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Towing Services By Taylors in Cottage Grove

SreeWeb successfully launches another web site for Towing services by Taylors Auto located in the scenic city of Cottage Grove, Oregon.

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Google voice and video installation error 1603 : How to fix it

Google voice and video installation error 1603 : How to fix it. Uninstall Google talk at the control panel using add remove program feature. Download and install http://fixitcenter.support.microsoft.com/Portal  Navigate and find google talk plugin and activate FIX IT. You will be given a choice to uninstall or install Google talk plugin. Chose ” Uninstall”. After uninstalling re install Google video and talk plugin from here https://www.google.com/chat/video and your problem is solved.

Web Development in Eugene

Web Development in Eugene. Sreeweb is currently developing a web site for www.peppersinoregon.com. This site will be an eCommerce web site with all the essential components. We will optimize this site for the best Internet exposure and ranking. Subscribe to receive updates on the web site progress.

This web design package includes,  SEO, Email accounts, Social media setup, Google adwords, adsense and PPC account setup, Search engine submission services and Video production for youtube. Some of the additional services are free and others are being sold at a record breaking Industry prices.

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Mark Bridge reviewed in the last week

Quality Excellent
We are pleased to announce the creation of Web Site by Sreeweb for our Welding business Company in Eugene, Oregon. They did a great web site at a reasonable price, on time and the process was professional from the start to end. I highly recommend Sreeweb for all your web design needs.

A Client Testimonial.

Steve Miller (smiller@allsystemsmax.com)
Owner, AllsystemsMax- Auto Repair Shop Management Software

Sreedar has integrity and lots of energy. He is results oriented and driven towards a successful outcome, not resting until the job is complete… the kind of person you want to work with when you have an important job that needs to be done right. He’s geared for customer satisfaction in a meaningful, not superficial, way.

June 10, 2011, Steve was Autobahncar’s client

10 Tips for Moving From Programmer to Entrepreneur

10 Tips for Moving From Programmer to Entrepreneur

Many of the people over at BarCamp are working on/struggling with the transition from programmer to entrepreneur. While I was never a truly “hard core” programmer (meaning lock me in the basement with Mountain Dew for a week and I’ll come out with 100,000 lines of code) I did have to make this transition. Also, doing the entrepreneur thing for the last few years with HelpSpot has really given me some insights into why many people fail at this transition. So here’s a few observations:

Code is 5% of your business

One of the biggest issues I see is developers getting caught up in the code. Spending countless hours making a function perfect or building features which show off the latest technology. Now you have to write code to be in the software business. It has to be high quality code that isn’t filled with bugs or is insecure. However, the best code in the world is meaningless if nobody knows about your product. Code is meaningless if the IRS comes and throws you in jail because you didn’t do your taxes. Code is meaningless if you get sued because you didn’t bother having a software license created by a lawyer.

I see way too many entrepreneurs in the forums and blogs talking about code issues when they should be discussing and learning about the business aspects. Of course that’s harder then talking about code, but nobody ever said this would be easy!

Design is everything, relative to the competition

Your product has to be nicely designed. Standard programmer square boxes with gray backgrounds don’t cut it! Remember though that your design only needs to be nicer than the competition. So if you’re building a back office IT system there’s no need to bring your design all the way up to the level of a 37 Signals type app. Of course it’s great if you do, but the goal here is simply to make it clear for your customers that you have the nicer design when they compare your product to the competition. People DO judge books by their covers.

Get used to thinking long term

There’s nothing a programmer likes better than turning code around fast. Getting bugs in and squashing them. The problem is that most non-programming related tasks in a small ISV don’t happen quickly. You really need to think long term. Things like getting your marketing and product positioning in place can take months to years. There’s no instant gratification like you get from writing code, so you must always force yourself to think long term. Where do you want the product, marketing, and sales to be 6 months from now?

Admit that you don’t understand the end user and rectify that
There’s a good chance that the software you are writing is in a domain you are not an expert in. That’s where the opportunities are and that’s great, but you have to realize that you need to do more than just research the market. You need to understand the actual customers. Talk with them. I know you don’t want to but it’s an absolute must. Without talking to the actual end users you’ll never know what features you’re wasting your time on and which ones you don’t have that are critical.

A big mistake people make here is implementing the feature set of the competition to get started. That’s a bad move. It’s like when you copy your friends homework. You both end up with the same mistakes. By talking to the customers you can avoid the mistakes your competition has already made.

Love your customers

Many software developers come from a back office IT background. In most of the IT shops I worked in there was generally disdain for the customer (internal customers). It’s not surprising since IT is often asked to do far too much with far too little.

It’s time to put all that aside though. I see a lot of ISV’s who seem to carry this over and there’s no place in commercial software for it. The only way to be successful is to love your customers. That means meeting their needs as much as possible and going to great lengths to do so. When you can’t you need to explain why. When they choose a competitors product be respectful and remind them the visit you again if that product doesn’t end up meeting their needs. I’ve found that I’ve switched lost sales back to me simply by being nice to the customer on their way out the door.

Remember to design for ease of use. Even advanced users like easy.

Your user interface is no place for fancy technology tricks. Keep is simple. Advanced users love simple just as much as newbie’s. The most important reason to keep is simple is for your trial users. A trial user is only going to give you a few minutes of their time. If you waste it by making them figure out a complex interface you can bet they’ll be off looking for another solution.

Remember to bounce your ideas off people who aren’t working on the project

Make sure to always take time to show off your latest builds to someone who’s not very involved with the project. Fresh eyes will often find big holes in your user interface. Even if the person doesn’t know much about your domain, you’ll be surprised at how many issues they’ll point out that you’ve never seen before!

Don’t be afraid to pull things out

There’s nothing I hate more as a programmer than pulling perfectly good code out of an application. Alas, you’re going to have to do it. Through the process of developing you’re going to discover features that should never have been. Ideally you’ll find this out before actually shipping. When you find these features you need to pull them before they cause any trouble.

For example, when I was half way through developing HelpSpot I discovered that one of my features just wasn’t working. I had built this tool for importing customer information into HelpSpot. This was a bad idea because it basically turned HelpSpot into a half baked CRM. It meant my customers would have to keep HelpSpot in sync with their real CRM and generally made the UI more complicated. So I scrapped a few weeks of work and pulled it out.

It turns out to be one of the best decisions I made. Rather than the syncing I came up with the Live Lookup system which allows customers to run queries against their existing CRM from within HelpSpot. It’s turned out to be a unique feature which is used by the majority of HelpSpot installations very successfully.

Patience is a virtue

There’s invariably a lack of time to get all the things done you need to. What would normally take a day takes weeks. Try to learn patience. I’ve found that I have to actively work at this or I get frustrated that I’m not making enough progress. Avoid setting up dates and expectations with your customers when possible. Don’t promise something in a month if it might take 3. I’m still working on that one myself :-)

Treat it like you are learning to program all over

Remember when you first learned to program and you read every book. You bought 8 different books on that first language all of which basically said the same things but you read them all anyway because you couldn’t get enough. That’s how you have to treat the transition from programmer to entrepreneur. Read everything you can get your hands on about your target market, running a small business, marketing, general management, time management. Ideally you should read it before you even start coding. The mistakes you’ll be able to avoid by doing so are well worth the time commitment.

As always I look forward to your feedback. If you have made this transition yourself, please add your tips for others to learn from.

Author : Ian Landsman

Competition for small Business.

  1. Competition. For many small businesses, it’s the elephant in the room. Why? For some businesses, their competition may be a big box company or a giant corporation, a daunting entity that they’d rather just pretend does not exist than attempt to go head-to-head with. For others, competition maybe be numerous and plentiful; trying to keep track of so many other companies seems like a lost cause and too much work.

    At the end of the day, however, a small business must pick its battles and understand that competition isn’t something that can be swept under the rug. It’s there. In fact, it’s always there, regardless of how well your business is doing. Whether you’re in the red or the black, whether you’re in a niche industry or just another face in the crowd, there will always be other companies out there that’ll be after your customers. The sooner you understand this, the better prepared you’ll be when a new competitor comes knocking.

    Some business owners feel that focusing on competitor is too cutthroat; they may feel that they’re not in business to put others out of business. It’s an understandable mindset. In today’s struggling economy, however, it unfortunately doesn’t pay a minnow in a sea of sharks. How many businesses have you seen go under in the past few years? How many people do you know that are out of work? It’s rough out there. Do you want to sink or swim?

    Figure out who your competitors are. How? Google, Yellowpages, local business directories. Visit their websites. Understand their web presence.

    Now, don’t panic. There’s no need to be inherently afraid of your competition. They may be bigger than you, sure. There may be a lot of others in your space. They may have more customers. They may have a fancier logo, a sexier website and hey, you may be a bit jealous. Don’t panic.

    Before you can even sweat the small stuff, you need to understand who your competitors really are. Only then may you understand how you can rise above them.

    Ask yourself the following in regard to your competitors:

    Where are they located?
    Are they web-based or do they have a physical location?
    What do they have that you want for your own business? Why do you want it?
    How does your product compare to theirs?
    Who are they targeting?
    Are you targeting the same audience?
    What Social Media outlets are the leveraging? What aren’t they?

    You should ask these questions in regard to each of your competitors accordingly, no matter how big or small, and form a plan of attack. Don’t obsess over these questions, but understand that the answers may open doors in regard to how you run your business in the future. You may discover new paths in regard to how to market your company or which markets may be untapped by your competition.

    The answers may also give you an opportunity to pat yourself on the back and relax a little. You can better understand what you do have against your competition.

    In order to carry out your business’ plan effectively, you need to act smartly. Think about Internet Marketing. Consider the free resources out there for your business to take advantage of. Whether it’s SEO tools or small business directories, there are many weapons already available to you in order to carry out a successful attack. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and go places where your competition hasn’t.

    Much of the potential for your small business prosperity is in your hands. Don’t sit back and let someone else acquire the customers that could just as easily be yours with a bit of hard work and proper research. By understanding your competition, they’ll be sweating, instead of the other way around. What’s your move?

    Author : Brent Barnhart.

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