Weekly Snip Update, September 10th, 2014

I had an interesting thought recently that I think will be helpful to me. I realized that Snip is more important than any particular client project, and that Snip will (I hope and expect) still be around 10 years from now, paying dividends. Yet each week, Snip doesn’t seem to “make the cut”. I usually only work on Snip an hour or two a week, and some weeks I don’t work on it at all. I don’t think that puts me in a position to be successful. It’s been a long-standing problem that the biggest obstacle to growing Snip is nothing within Snip itself, it’s the fact that I have to earn an income, and that takes time. But I don’t know if there’s any great excuse for working on Snip as little as I have been. I think there’s some mindset problem. I think I might have finally found a way to solve the problem.

I thought of the “pay yourself first” concept from the personal finance world, and I thought it might make sense to apply that practice to Snip. So on Sunday I decided I would “pay myself first” and work on Snip for the first hour of each weekday, meaning I would get a minimum of 5 hours in each week. I’m only 3 days into that, but so far it’s working out pretty well. It feels like the wrong thing to do – it feels “irresponsible” – but I think that’s probably just social conditioning. The “responsible” thing to do would be to give up and get a regular job, which I know is actually dumb. So I just have to power through the feeling and do what I know to be the smart thing.

I have a new trial user, which historically hasn’t happened very often. This is someone who apparently viewed a demo some time in July, and then she chatted with me on Olark last Friday. I set her up with an account on Saturday (or rather I had someone do it for me because I was offline). The prospect never signed on and didn’t respond to emails and I thought I lost her. But then yesterday she chatted with me on Olark again (because that’s easier than email??) and today we talked on the phone for a long time and I walked her through some shit. I checked her account again just now and she seems to have entered a bunch of appointments for the future, at least for herself. That’s a good sign. There are 4 other stylists at her salon but none of them seem to have done anything yet.

I discovered earlier this evening – somehow for the first time – that Android doesn’t like Snip’s SSL certificate. You would think that someone would have complained about this by now. I have no idea what the problem is. Gonna try to fix that tonight.

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