Making Money Is Easier With PayGear
Frustrated with the way the “big players” in the affiliate manager business were running payment sites online, Chris Douthit set out to do something about it. His solution was PayGear, an e-commerce site that provides access to everything you need to make and receive payments without a pesky middle man.
In addition to paying both vendors and affiliates in real time, PayGear provides a 1099 service that prepares and delivers tax forms for you. Those forms are pretty much the bane of my existence (raise your hand if you waited until the last minute to do your taxes…) so I know that must be a popular solution.
Chris chatted with KillerStartups about his history in the tech world, what his days look like and even a little bit of advice for you other entrepreneurs out there…
Tell us about how you got involved in the world wide web?
What time do you usually start work each day?
I usually clock in about 8:00 am and quit about 6:00 pm. A few days a week I will also work a couple hours later at night, from 10 to midnight or so.
Do you have an office or work at home?
I work from my home office where I Skype with my team daily.
What’s the first thing you do when you leave the office at the end of the day?
At the end of the day I usually hit the gym or hang out with friends. On Thursdays I play on a kickball team where we drink some beer and play kickball.
When do your best ideas come to you? In bed in the morning? During dinner? After working for 16 hours? On your third beer?
My best ideas come to me at random times, sometimes I will just sit down and think about what I want to do and write down my plans, other times the ideas just pop into my head.
What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs struggling to get their business off the ground?
First make sure you have a plan, and do your best to make sure it is the right plan. Then work hard only once you confirm you’re on the right path to success.
For example, a friend of mine last month was talking about opening up a store in his town. He was excited and wanted to know my thoughts. I told him the first thing he should do is walk into the possible neighboring stores if he were to open his. Introduce yourself and ask the neighboring store owners how their business is going. Are they doing well? Are they happy to be in business right now?
As it turned out every single store owner he talked to was doing poorly and struggling to make it. After a few conversations he decided the store was a bad idea. So just make sure you do your homework and are selecting the right path. Being hungry is good, but being so hungry you do something stupid can be more harmful than if you were not hungry at all.
Where can our readers get ahold of you? Facebook? Twitter? Google+? Personal blog? Any other projects you’re working on that we should check out?
You can find us at PayGear.com, FaceBook.com/PayGear and Twitter.com/PayGear. You can see my personal page at ChrisDouthit.com. We also make free membership software for our members called MembersGear.com. MembersGear comes with more features than any other membership software we know about. Protect files or folders, drip, one click upsells, and all the standard features you expect. If someone wants to make a members-based website we make it easy and cheap for them. We are new, but the people who have found us love us.