We founded Iridesco, the parent company of Harvest, in 2003 as a web design and development studio.  In the Spring of 2006, we launched Harvest and soon found that we were better suited for the product business than we were as a studio.  We then transitioned our business to a “software as a service” model.  During those early years of Iridesco, we learned about what it’s like to run a consulting business in design and technology.  That knowledge and experience directly inform how our products are designed, and ensure that we always maintain a great user experience as our top priority (because we can so easily put ourselves in our customers’ shoes).

While we now focus solely on providing the best possible experience in our products for our customers, we continue to think about ways we can help our customers succeed at their businesses outside of the time tracking and invoicing domain.  This is why we’re launching our new column, Small Business 101.

We’ve learned a lot about running our own business through the years.  By reading the blogs kept by various Harvest customers, we know many of you have also learned (and shared) the new ideas and wisdom you’ve gained along the way.   With that in mind, we’re launching this new column to further help and inspire the many organizations and individuals that use Harvest.  As we discover tips and ideas that we think would be useful for any service professional, we’ll round them up and share the thoughts with you.  We want to challenge your business thinking, promote conversations, and help push your business along to that next level, whatever that may be.

If you have any great small business & productivity resources/articles to share with the Harvest community, let us know and we’ll include it in a future installment of our Small Business 101 column!

Now let’s get down to business.  Our first installment is about How to Raise Billing Rates in a Recession.