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Lessons & things I wish people had told me when I launched Strawberrysoup | WDC 2011

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<ul><li> 1. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupLESSONS &amp; THINGSI WISH PEOPLE HADTOLD ME WHEN ILAUNCHEDSTRAWBERRYSOUP21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 2. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupWHAT IM COVERING_ How we got started_ The modern day_ You dont need a business plan_ Money, money, money_ Stick to what you know_ Learn when to say no_ Trust your instinct_ Its all about people_ Questions21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 3. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupHOWWE GOTSTARTED21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 4. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupHOW WE GOT STARTED Final year of our university degrees21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 5. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupHOW WE GOT STARTED Launched in 2005 from a garden shed21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 6. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupHOW WE GOT STARTED21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 7. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupHOW WE GOT STARTED Started by offering affordable website packages21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 8. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupHOW WE GOT STARTED Sold our 1st website on eBay21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 9. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupHOW WE GOT STARTED Startup funds &amp; savings21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 10. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupTHEMODERNDAY21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 11. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupWHO ARE WE? Evolved into a full service agency21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 12. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupWHO ARE WE?21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 13. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupWHO ARE WE? Talented team of 1521.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 14. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupWHO ARE WE? Chichester, Bournemouth &amp; London21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 15. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupWHO ARE WE?21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 16. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupYOUDONT NEED ABUSINESS PLAN21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 17. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupYOU DONT NEED A BUSINESS PLAN Planning is very important21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 18. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupYOU DONT NEED A BUSINESS PLAN Long term objectives --&gt; then work backwards21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 19. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupYOU DONT NEED A BUSINESS PLAN Strategic plan showing steps to take21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 20. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupYOU DONT NEED A BUSINESS PLAN Cashflow is very difficult to estimate at startup21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 21. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupMONEYMONEYMONEY21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 22. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupMONEY, MONEY, MONEY You dont need venture capital or investment21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 23. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupMONEY, MONEY, MONEY We used assets available to us21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 24. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupMONEY, MONEY, MONEY Months to live spreadsheet21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 25. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupMONEY, MONEY, MONEY Dont trade services to save money21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 26. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupMONEY, MONEY, MONEY Grants available so use them!21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 27. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupMONEY, MONEY, MONEY Cash is king - stage payments to improve cashflow21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 28. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupSTICK TOWHAT YOUKNOW21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 29. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupSTICK TO WHAT YOU KNOW Dont pretend to know more than you do21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 30. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupSTICK TO WHAT YOU KNOW CRM, CTi, .net, SQL21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 31. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupSTICK TO WHAT YOU KNOW Its ok to say let me look into this and let you know21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 32. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupLEARNWHEN TOSAY NO21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 33. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupLEARN WHEN TO SAY NO The customer is not always right21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 34. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupLEARN WHEN TO SAY NO You have been hired as the expert21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 35. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupLEARN WHEN TO SAY NO My uncles friends brothers mums cat knows HTML21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 36. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupLEARN WHEN TO SAY NO Your opinion counts, make sure its heard21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 37. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupLEARN WHEN TO SAY NO You dont have to accept every project21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 38. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupTRUSTYOURINSTINCT21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 39. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupTRUST YOUR INSTINCT Dont be blinded by the 21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 40. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupTRUST YOUR INSTINCT Work with like-minded clients and team members21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li> 41. @strawberrysoup facebook.com/strawberrysoupTRUST YOUR INSTINCT Follow your gut feeling21.10.11_Web Developer Conference 2011 </li> <li>...</li></ul>