While making money online is never a simple process, the “easiest” way is undoubtedly by selling physical products through a website. However, the reality is that ecommerce is nowhere near as easy as an outside observer might believe it to be. Same goes for IRL companies that do sales through their websites: creating a functioning payment system can take a lot of money and even more time.
One website, PAYWHIRL, is aiming to change that with their easy to install subscription payment widget. With a simple copy/paste into your website’s HTML, the widget is all set to start collecting user info – and money. Your customers can easily create user accounts and manage all of their subscriptions in one place.
Founder and CEO Ryan Pfleger chatted with us about his favorite tools (other than PAYWHIRL, obvs), the websites he can’t live without, and pushing through the hard points of getting a startup off the ground.
Top 5 websites you couldn’t live without and why?
- Reddit.com (amazing sense of opinion)
- Facebook.com (friends)
- MacRumors.com (for the geek in me)
- Coachella.com (for when the lineup comes out)
- Google.com (knowledge is the bomb)
- Stackoverflow.com (alternate)
Top 5 mobile apps you’re in love with and why?
- Splitwise (makes roommates pay up)
- Facebook Pages Manager (use it often)
- Alien Blue (to read reddit)
- Clash of Clans (fav game currently)
- TED (more knowledge on the go)
Three people (other than you) we should follow on Twitter and why?
What’s the very first thing you do at work every day?
A lot of people have big ideas. What gave you the confidence to actually go after yours?
Been helping others slap payment solutions together for years… Figured it was about time to do it right and make a product out of it.
Remember the early days of starting up? Describe the struggles you went through.
We literally broke every chair in my friends house… Eventually his wife kicked us out to a place called Workzones here in town (community workspaces)… Eventually we realized we needed our own office if we were going to succeed.
How do you handle frustration? What has been your biggest professional frustration?
Patience is a virtue… Try to stay pretty calm around here in Santa Barbara but sometimes you just gotta get pissed off!
Got any great bootstrapping tips for the lean startups out there?
Test the market FIRST… BEFORE you build for 3-6 months! (been down that road)
What other advice do you have for other entrepreneurs struggling to get started?
Do SOMETHING… ANYTHING everyday… Just one thing if it’s all you can muster but do it!!!!
Do you consider yourself a successful entrepreneur? If not, what’ll make you feel successful?
I have a great office in downtown Santa Barbara and our team LOVES what we do… I enjoy coming into the office everyday, so i’d have to say I’m pretty successful if hapiness is a measure. However a PHAT paycheck would help a little as well.
Where can our readers find you and your companies?
Courtesy of the founder | Nathan Gibbs