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Small business chat update – Andrew Donnelly

22 Sep

mugs  Here’s another update to one of my small business chats – I’m enjoying seeing what everyone is up to, and I hope you are too!

Today we’re catching up with Andrew Donnelly from iphonemobileapp. His original interview was published on 13 August 2011. When I asked Andy where he wanted to be in a year’s time, he replied, “Hopefully on a much more solid footing, with a good client base.” So, what happened to those plans for consolidation …?

Are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?

Last year, I stated I would hopefully be on a much more solid footing and with a good client base. In the past year I have put around ten apps onto the app store. All of them vary in application, for example an app for CCFAccountancy that allows clients to track their business mileage and export it to excel, a magazine app for snowboarding, a betting iphone / ipad app for bet365.com and various apps for Direct Golf.

What has changed and what has stayed the same?

My perception of what I offer has changed, no longer do I consider myself just a developer of apps, I have placed myself in the position of building strategies and solid standings for mobile offerings for a number of clients.

What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?

Never turn down paid work if it suits you, you never know when you may need it. Also make sure you get paid 🙂

Any more hints and tips for people?

Like I said last year,  “Trust your gut feeling: 99% of the time it’s right”. Also, there’s nothing wrong with still learning your trade. I try and do something new, that pushes my thinking, every week.

And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?

Last year has been a great success with some high profile apps, and I’m already in talks with a major global brand for some work in the future. I feel I have made a good name for myself in the world of app development, and would like to continue with progress.

In the next couple of months I’m looking at expanding my knowledge of apps. I’m very keen to look at getting a book into the iBooks store using this package http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/, as I would love to have a go and do something creative on the iBooks side of things.

Well, that’s all very exciting, isn’t it! I have certainly adjusted my picture of what I am and do over my years in business, and it’s always worth exploring new things to learn as you go along. Things look very positive here, and I look forward to finding out what’s going on with the apps in a year’s time!

Andrew’s website is currently down for contractual reasons and you can get in touch with him using Twitter.

Here’s more information about the Freelancer / Small Business Chat feature and there’s an index to all the featured people too!

 
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