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+ - How to grow a one man start up?

Submitted by Gob Gob
Gob Gob writes: I've developed a web based recruitment system that I have sold to a handful of clients. I support it from end to end from software development, to help desk to sales. Now I have taken on a few new clients who are more demanding in terms of support. I'm one the cusp of taking it from a lifestyle business to needing to get serious about taking on a few people to run the business.

Being a start up cash is short and so is time. I am tempted to get a sales person and leave me to code but worried that no one can sell the product as well as I can. Alternately I was looking to make relationships with people with similar businesses so that we could pool support and cover for each other.

How did you grow a one man start up into an empire? Where do you put the budget sales, development or support? What are the risks?

+ - How to make your ideas work.

Submitted by Gob Gob
Gob Gob writes: What do you do when the app has grown with you? I have written a business app for a growing multinational business services company. It is very effective in its space and selling the software could be a very viable business (which I am able to do with the company's full support). The problem lies in the fact that the code has grown with my skills. What started as a hack around a PHP hand-me-down has become the CRM, Invoicing, Payroll, Web Site, Email, SMS, etc, etc all in one. The problem is that this application has some very crappy code and no one can support it but me. I do not want to drop my focus on new features and delivering to the user base to do house work on the code but I can't really see me getting the software to market when I am the only one who can understand the amateurish components which comprise some of the beginings of a very large app.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy