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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 ...

Getting to 100 paying customers for a SaaS product

July 12, 2017

We've recently passed 100 paying customers for one of our Shopify apps, EZ Exporter.

Shopify apps are technically SaaS products. We maintain the app and the servers it runs on and provide it as a service to Shopify store owners. You can set different types of pricing: from one-time fees, usage-based, or recurring monthly subscriptions.

EZ Exporter is our first paid app which got published on the Shopify store last December. It took about ...

Forming an LLC in the US using IncFile.com

June 1, 2017

My business partner and I had finally decided to form a Limited Liability Company (LLC) a few months ago for our software company Highview Apps, where we focus on building Shopify apps. We intentionally took our time before forming a company as we weren't sure if we'll actually get anywhere with our app ideas.

We started working on our first app, Slacky (integrates Shopify and Slack), last year to test the Shopify ecosystem ...

Free alternatives to Mandrill for sending transactional emails

March 12, 2016

If you're a Mandrill user, you've probably already gotten an email from Mandrill that they will completely be integrated with MailChimp and will require a paid MailChimp subscription to continue its use. The cheapest paid MailChimp subscription at the moment goes for $20/month.

If you're bootstrapping a startup, you look for any savings you can get. That $20/month could be used for other things, like 4 DigitalOcean servers to run ...