Keeping your Joomla business alive in a changing web industry.

Written by | 15 October 2018 | Published in Submitted articles bucket
As we look forward to the passing of another year, the ever-changing web industry offers new challenges and problems for web developers. Technology is quickly moving forward with every decade our overall rate of progress doubling, and no signs of slowing down. The rise of AI and with Elon Musk's Neuralink company ready to implant devices, these giant leaps in technology make it unclear of what the internet will be in just the next decade. For now, there are several things you can do to make sure your Joomla business is vital the current market.

Are you a Joomler? 

If you are a Joomla user, you are a Joomler, but are you promoting yourself as a Joomler? Sander Potijer started the Joomler community page in 2014, and currently, there are less than 2,000 registered Joomlers. For me, it was an undeniable choice, but resulted in something not so obvious - Job Offers! In just one month I had four people contacting me about hiring me for some freelance projects. Showing the world, you are a Joomler by creating a Joomler profile page is simple - Get started today: https://volunteers.joomla.org/joomlers

Is your business listed on the Joomla Resource Directory?

The Joomla Resource Directory is a vital promotional tool for your company. Clients looking for Joomla companies are more likely to find you on Joomla.org than other third-party sites. Get started today by listing your company: https://resources.joomla.org

Do you attend or organizer a Joomla User Group?

Joomla User groups are a great way to get to know fellow designers and developers and make vital networking contacts with potential employees and clients. If there is not a Joomla User Group in your area creating a new group is easy: https://community.joomla.org/user-groups.html

Be the solution, not the problem.

Pointing out problems does not solve them. We can’t change the past, but we as a community can change the future. There are several things that everyone can do to push the project forward.

Beta testing:

People always love to complain when a new version is released and has bugs. Testing out the new latest build of Joomla is easier than ever now with launch.joomla.org, you can launch the latest testing versions in seconds. By helping test the new versions we can have fewer minor release updates and faster product launches.

Volunteering:

Everyone has a skill and the Joomla! project would love to discover it! Whether it’s answering a simple question in the forum, helping to design a flyer, translating text from one language to another, teaching CSS, HTML, javascript or PHP, and everything in between; there is a place for everyone.

Browse the help wanted page to find a group of your interest and get involved making Joomla better! https://volunteers.joomla.org/help-wanted

Cheerleading for Joomla:

Helping the exposure of Joomla can do more for your business. Sharing Joomla news and articles from Joomla.org on social networks can increase the visibility of your business and Joomla. Blogging about Joomla is another great way to spread the word of Joomla.

Be a problem solver:

The Joomla forums is a great place to help users and showcase your Joomla knowledge. Helping new users is a must to keep our numbers growing.

Managed Services

Adding monthly managed services is a perfect way to set up a guaranteed revenue stream. There are plenty of services available from security and version updates to SEO, and in 2018 there are many automated solutions to help minimize your time spent on these type of tasks.

Partnerships and Affiliates

Most companies have affiliate programs, one of the best hosting affiliates is our partner CloudAccess. CloudAccess offers monthly payouts instead of just a one time finders fee. Partnerships and affiliates is another way to make a guaranteed monthly revenue stream.

Cutting costs

No matter how well your business is doing, there are always ways to save money. Evaluating your monthly and annual expenses and renegotiating rates with payment processors, ISPs, hosts, etc. is a vital part of keeping your costs down and profits up.

Contribute Financially 

Do you use Joomla on a daily basis?  Does your agency use Joomla?  Joomla is free and Open Source Software, but keeping Joomla alive requires money.   Joomla keeps the lights on by corporate sponsorships, but every dollar counts. Consider donating a small percentage of each job you do. The stronger Joomla is, the stronger your Joomla business will be.   https://community.joomla.org/sponsorship-campaigns.html

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