There are thousands of solutions in this space, focused on every niche imaginable, with a huge range of products.
Everything from simply reminders, to outsourcing, to discounting / incentives, to debt collection.
I’d be very surprised if you can’t find a suite of tools that automate / optimise the portions of your AR process that you’re having difficulties with.
(Most of these are multi-platform, or completely independent applications, they do not require using Xero)
She chases down invoices and handles back payments for all of our clients.
The mental overhead of handling these things was significantly hampering my technical work, and the moment she took over, a huge weight lifted off my back.
Part of the aggravation is that you can't automate chasing down invoices, yet. As a person who likes to automate all the things, this would just not do. So I sourced it out.
really liked this --> "From the start, I was aware that I was taking on a huge project that other companies have devoted entire teams to, but I chose to look at it as more of a mental challenge than a technical one. I knew I had the skillset to pull it off, I just had to keep myself motivated and on track."
Sciter is pretty full implementation of HTML5 and CSS, has scripting engine on board, etc. So, indeed, I am personally competing with teams behind WebKit, Trident, Gecko, V8 (JS Engine), Chakra (MS JS Engine) and bunch of others.
And recently with ReactJS (Sciter got Reactor - native implementation of ReactJs), Angular and others.
And that is really a fun project to work on - many different paradigms on the same code base.
This resonates for me as a bootstrapped founder in the early stages with my company. Cutting through the noise and getting the attention of my leads is hard work. Way harder than coding.
I’m currently serving a bit over 2 million requests per day for the free service I’ve run for years.
Now that I’m focusing on turning it into something more I’m realizing how slow it is to build a product by yourself.
For example, I’ve been working on transitioning to a much more scalable k8s architecture for the last few weeks. While I’ve had some experience over last few years as a developer, I’ve never had to set the whole thing up from scratch. It’s been tedious and draining but I am making progress.
The biggest issue is not having anyone to talk to on a peer basis.
In January I completely revamped the product website from being a crap page running on Launchrock to a self-hosted site with a new design and incorporating Mailgun to handle email.
The issue with that is I get people every day submitting their email addresses to sign up, but to date no one has clicked the confirmation link in the emails being sent to them to confirm the signup.
I researched this heavily before writing code and the consensus is that double opt-in is the correct way to go. So I did that, but no one is following up with the confirmation part.
Last week I found a minor bug that was preventing confirmation signups and I fixed it asap and manually sent emails to the 3 people that I would manually add them to the confirm list and remove them if they wanted. But I’ve had more signups after that who also did not complete the signup process. I’ve tested the flow heavily and it works.
But since I don’t really have a coworker environment anymore, I don’t have anyone to do peer review right now. Very frustrating.
I guess overall I’m used to building services very rapidly but being responsible for the entire thing is someone time consuming. I’m still adjusting to the process.
Also is it worth trying higher touch engagements? Book a demo type thing where you ask for a phone number and get to speak to some of these people that are signing up.
Lastly, are you sure the signups legitimate signups and not spam bots?
I'd recommend sticking with the managed k8s services unless you have a team. In my experience as a solo dev k8s has been a huge help and very hands-off once setup. It was a bit of a struggle at first but IMO worth it.
edit: Works fine in Safari, but the same thing is happening in Firefox.
 Hypothesis-driven development (HDD) https://teamsuccess.io/hdd
God's sake it even has its own reimplemented loading bar...
Indiehackers is a great community that produces a lot of useful content for other bootstrappers. Sorry that you think it’s all a fraud, but I suspect you’re throwing out the baby with the bath water.
(Though TBF Amazon didn’t feel like a tech company in the 1990s)
I think of tech businesses primarily as those that develop novel technology and secondarily as those who use technology in a novel and unexpected way. In both cases technology is the differentiation.
The only novelty of this business is its message and while that might make a perfectly respectable business (I am not part of the target market so I can not judge) there’s no “tech” in their business plan. Think of it more like Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein: the clothes are made in the same factories by the same workers; the only differentiation is market positioning. Nobody would criticize them as not being “business” or even “clothes business” but their differentiator is marketing.
Note what I said about Amazon: it didn’t look to me like a tech company when it started, but actually it was (for its time). And since then has continued to aggressively differentiate itself through investment in tech development.