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Profit first and paying yourself first

April 15, 2018

I was recently re-reading this article by Basecamp which really resonated with me.

When we started Highview Apps, both my co-founder and I agreed that we'd bootstrap the business and start paying ourselves right away as soon as we're making profits. Being both engineers, we were able to keep our costs extremely low as we didn't need to hire anyone to build our products. Servers cost very little ($5/month per server ...

Goals for 2018

February 4, 2018

Last year had been a great year for me, in both personal and business.

In my personal life, nothing really exciting occurred but nothing bad happened either. It was a low-stress year. I felt pretty content with my lifestyle and still grateful for having a lot of flexibility. Being able to work remotely pretty much allows me to live almost anywhere I want and move at any time. Because of this flexibility, I was also ...

Getting featured on the Shopify App Store

October 16, 2017

Slacky by Highview Apps featured on the Shopify App Store

A couple of months ago, one of our Shopify apps, Slacky (Shopify integration with Slack, currently free), was featured on the main banner of the Shopify App Store.

Our app was featured there for about 10 days, which really boosted the installs for our app. As of this writing, Slacky now has over 560 active installs. We're actually at a point now of thinking about offering a paid, premium version of the app as ...

How to figure out your month-over-month revenue growth with an SQL query (PostgreSQL)

September 10, 2017

These last couple of days, I've been working on a dashboard for one of our Shopify apps so we can get a quick overview of how our app is doing revenue-wise.

One of the metrics we'd like to be able to see instantly is the month-over-month revenue growth rate. For a subscription-based SaaS (software as a service) product, this is a very important metric to track as it tells you if your business ...

Import orders from other platforms into Shopify with EZ Importer

August 22, 2017

Our third Shopify app, EZ Importer, was actually published on the Shopify App Store a couple of months ago but we decided to stay in beta for a bit to make sure the app is stable and our early users are happy with it. We're finally at a point now that we're ready to get out of beta and have added a bunch of features since the initial release as well.

If you ...

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