Goodwerp: The right creative-firm management-tool you’ve been longing for

Goodwerp is the right mix of project management, client management, and invoicing tools — salted with right amount of communication features. Built from the ground up utilizing the Codeigniter framework, the Goodwerp platform is focused on reliability and optimization.

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There comes a time in each man’s life when he has to put his foot down and shake things around. This is not one of those times. However, it is time for us to announce something we’ve been working on since April, 2013. In fact, the core idea started way back in 2009 and just recently we’ve started to connect the dots and build an online application that will amazingly improve they way a creative firm is run, or any service firm for that matter.

Since my college days at Montclair State University, I’ve been interested on the business side of design. I’ve always believed that good design is a byproduct of good business. I’ve even given a speech on it at the very first REDO Design Conference, while constantly looking for ways to improve the way I was running our design firm.

Running a design firm is no joke. Any trickster taking it half-heartedly will be doomed by design gods and faced with annoyed clients, poor cash flow, unhappy employees, and lost billable hours. The essence of a successful design firm is properly managing growth and avoiding pitfalls. One way in achieving this is knowing where you’ve been and keeping track of what needs to get done.

Few genius design-firm owners are lucky to be born good managers, while the rest of us have to rely on productivity tools that help us track our daily routine. For 10 years and counting we’ve used many web-apps that have helped us run our business better. However they were usually one-trick ponies made for the masses and did not specifically suit our needs. One of the biggest headache of using these apps was that we had to use few various ones (5 at a time) in order to manage all our operations. Not to mention 100+ dollars we were spending each month. The downside of these separated apps was that if we needed to pull an intelligent overview about our productivity, we had to manually gather data from all these various applications, enter them on an excel sheet, and write some math to get a glimpse of our business.

Learning from experience and relying on our needs, we set out to build Goodwerp. What goodwerp does is streamline the process of running a service firm & offer a bird’s eye view on all things projects and cents. Not to mention that it keeps company communications in one place (why use Email for internal communications?). Also, the social aspect of it (status updates, notifications, and feeds) help designers, builders, and project-managers stay in tune with one another and never lose track of who’s working on what.

The exciting part is that we’re already using goodwerp. We’re actually project-managing goodwerp, on goodwerp. We have not launched it yet for the world, we will soon — however you can stay updated through our twitter feed.

— Written by Valon Sopi on July 04, 2013.



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