The ability to work anytime, anywhere is often essential for mobile businesses, freelancers and anyone not always necessarily tied to a desk for a living. Being a freelance technology and user experience consultant I have always been interested in innovative tools that allows me to organize my business life.
In a previous interview, we looked at an excellent desktop time-tracking/invoicing application. Today we are talking to Henry of Runaway Apps. One of his applications is a full-featured invoicing app that can fit in your pocket. I personally love this application, it has a very nice interface allowing the user to have a record of past and future jobs, visual charts of earnings as well as outstanding payments. Henry has released several updates since I started using GetPaid! and is very responsive to user requests. I wanted to talk to him about his experience developing for the iPhone.
My thanks to Henry for taking the time.
Henry, what is GetPaid!?
GetPaid! Tracks time and generate instant invoice and timesheet in PDF format. (note: See app store description for additional app features.)
How did you get started developing the application?
With a Mac and a Passion. :)
Where did the idea of creating a mobile time-tracking & invoicing application come from?
I was an independent consultant often forgot to record my billable time.
What do you enjoy about being a developer in general?
Do you develop for any platforms other than iPhone OS?
What kind of advise would you give a starting developer looking to enter the App Store marketplace?
Be creative, be diligent, be patient, most importantly be passionate.
How do you go about promoting your products?
Best product always sells itself, with apple’s help, that is. :)
How do you go about ensuring your app will be found if searched for?
Keywords, keywords, keywords.
What are the some of the difficulties of developing an application that is so important for business?
iPad version has been frequently requested since the release of iPad.
User ratings are such a huge factor when it comes to the point of sale for applications, does that ever become an issue?
When Users write inaccurate reviews without fully understand the functionalities and there’s no way to communicate back and have the reviews corrected.
Are you working on any other projects besides GetPaid!?
The Prayer Network (PN) is a free “soul”cial network app in app store right now. We are working on other productivity apps as well.