Topic: Business

Knowing when to quit

That company or project you started isn’t working out. You were excited, early customers were excited, but once you launched nothing really happened. Even worse, it’s not a total failure. You made some money. Not enough to grow, but at least a few people paid for it. When do you pull the plug and move […]

2015 in review — 1 year after I quit blogging

Wow. What a year. At the end of last year I made the largest business decision I’ve ever made: stop working on my very profitable training business (to the tune of $20,000 to $50,000 per month!) and instead put all my time, effort, and money into my failing software company. I also almost entirely stopped […]

Growing ConvertKit to $30,000 in Monthly Recurring Revenue

A year ago I made the decision to focus full-time on ConvertKit—which at the time was a failing product with only $1,337/month in revenue. In order to turn it around I… Focused full-time on just ConvertKit—ignoring my other businesses and products. Invested $50,000. Hired my dream team. And worked like crazy. You can read that […]

Unsolicited Advice

The rock skipped five times across the water before sinking into a small wave. Not bad, considering the water was rough. As Barrett searched for another rock to beat his new record, we discussed a new idea: what if we gave people all our advice and opinions they never asked for? I was with four of […]

2014 in review — 3 years after quitting my job

It’s that time of year again. Time to buy Christmas presents, wrap up major projects, and ask two simple questions: What went well this year? What did not go well this year? Yep, it’s time for the annual review! This will be my fourth year doing an annual review. Here are the previous years: 2013: http://nathanbarry.com/2013-review/ […]

How too many products can hurt your business

Each time I launch a new product I see a nice spike in revenue that trails off over time. After The App Design Handbook launch I saw revenue drop down to about $2,000 to $3,000 a month without much promotion. My immediate thought was, if I add another product not only will I see a giant spike […]

Hiring: Marketing & Customer Success

We’re hiring a marketing and customer success person for our team. This position will be split between working on ConvertKit.com and NathanBarry.com. As the first full-time hire you will be wearing a lot of different hats. Much more than customer support First, you’ll be in charge of customer success for ConvertKit. This isn’t the typical “Here’s […]