5 Signs a Remote Work Lifestyle Might Be Right for You

Do you have trouble navigating office culture? Are you most productive when you can establish your own working hours? Perhaps you simply loathe the morning commute. Historically, having a corporate job meant abiding to a 9-5 lifestyle—business attire, corporate meetings, cubicles, and phones with multiple lines and your own special extension number—but there are alternative…

We just killed 75% of our side projects. Here’s why.

‘Side project marketing’ might be one of the hottest marketing trends of 2017, but we’ve been staunch advocates of the practice for years. Here’s our explanation on the Cloud Devs Labs page: Marketing success today is determined by how useful it is to your customers. And the bar for useful has risen substantially. Blog posts, infographics, and webinars…

Should you crowdfund your company?

Before you spend money or time on creating a product, you need to make sure there’s a real need for it. And one of the best ways to do that is through crowdfunding. Why? Because getting real people to pay real money shows that you’ve solved a real problem. As Jason Fried, founder of Basecamp, explains:…

How to find your first paying customers

Nothing tells you you’re on the right track with your business idea like having someone pay you for your product or service. Whether you’re running a restaurant, building an ecommerce site or mobile app, or even starting your own consulting company, your first few customers will quite literally  be the life or death of your…

Does your business solve a problem people actually have?

Before you build a website. Before you write a business plan. Before you even tell your parents what you’re doing. Ask yourself one question: Are you solving a problem people actually have? It seems almost too simple. But the answer will determine whether you enter the hallowed halls of successful entrepreneurship, or join the long…

How much does an app really cost to make?

Moving from an idea to a full-blown app is one of the most exciting (and scary) moments for any online entrepreneur. You’ve validated your idea, reached out and spoken to customers, gotten relevant feedback from everyone you know (and some you don’t!), and now it’s time to take the plunge. But stepping out over that ledge takes more than a little…

Why we should kill the 40-hour work week

‘As long as you get your 8 hours in.’ From the second you walk into a classroom, you’re taught to structure your day around an 8-hour block. And it’s no different once you move into the working world. While this has been the standard for generations, the 40-hour work week doesn’t work anymore. Since starting Cloud Devs and Unsplash I’ve made…

How to validate your business idea

How do you know if you have a good idea for a business? Sure, talking about what you’re doing to friends and family can help, but until you get your idea in front of real users, you’re just shooting in the dark. As Basecamp founder Jason Fried explains: “You can’t ask people who haven’t paid how…