A successful man once told me that you will never recognize success unless you experience failure. I guess that’s why shoemakers only make one shoe at a time !! And why my friend makes only one cupcake sample for her wedding cakes !! Why take a chance on doing the whole thing if it doesn’t meet the customers’ needs or expectations?
Unfortunately, development of invoicing software, for example, doesn’t enjoy that same advantage. . . or does it ??!!
Let’s say that the Beta stage is like the “first cupcake”. All the necessary ingredients are in there: invoice template, customer info, lists products, communications. This allows assessment of the true value of functions as well as the overall appearance of the application. It’s the test mode to see how our SaaS application withstands its initial entrance into a crowded public eye.
So the “First Cupcake” hits the clouds; we await the “weather reports”. Lots of sunshine, a southerly wind and small hail follow. Very valuable. Why ? Because each bit of feedback permits us to see a real or perceived failure. We have been given an excellent opportunity to learn. Ergo, we can now recognize success.
First, these weather reports tell us that people have “tasted” the “cupcake”. Secondly, these people have needs and ideas bigger than the “cupcake” we offered! Hence, we begin the “Second Cupcake” – while people continue to eat the “First”.
And so it goes – on and on !!! We continue to listen and respond to our customers’ needs – - creating “Cupcake after cupcake” iteration after iteration – - each one getting bigger and better.
The best part ?
There’s always a cupcake available while we continue to build the “wedding cake”.
When we look back at our Beta offering and see how far we’ve come (and have yet to go) we appreciate all the lessons learned during the refinement of our invoicing application. Taking little steps is a good way to prepare for long-distance running!
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THE Consumption-based Plan – definitely the “Big Boy”.
We developed this plan to accommodate those Microbusinesses that do not need high volume invoicing. We thought you should have the option to only “Spend for what you Send.”. You can start out with 5 free “Invoice Sends” and then you only pay for each send thereafter. (You can send the same invoice as many times as you need at no extra charge.)
Now that’s the way to save money !
In the Account Preferences you are able to select
- different date formats
- various tax types (GST and VAT)
- automatic or manual sends for:
- - payment received notifications
- - due date reminders
Our Aussie friends get an automatic “Tax Invoice” as the title to their invoices when they select GST as the tax preference.
Estimates are also sent in HTML, enabling graphic representations of products. That will help your customers SEE the “goods” and encourage them in their decision-making, thus speeding up the process of creating a sale.
And all this is just for starters !!
Thank you for letting Greenerbilling help your business “grow with it”.
And let us know how we can better serve your business needs.
Things around here are totally off the chart with excitement!!
We erased the BETA stamp from Greenerbilling and are immersing ourselves
in the joys of Info-Media, Press Releases, and all out “Chatter”.
I am MOST excited over the new Consumption-based Invoicing Plan that allows businesses to
“spend only for what they send”, giving them another way of controlling their costs.
Many many thanks to all who have helped us get to this stage.
The future looks “green” – er !
Check out our latest press release:
Greenerbilling Press Release: 4 May 2009