Business Builder - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

I had no coding experience or qualifications when I started making the app. I am a self-taught developer whose experience was built on trial and error. Thanks to the internet and online communities I was able to learn and start building an app of my own.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

The fact that I am self-taught made the process much harder. I spent weeks or even months on some components that a seasoned developer could do in a day or two. This means that for every error, I had to go back to the drawing board and get to understand how that specific item or component works. So it also involved a lot of research.

Likhwa Moyo is the founder of the Business Builder- Small Business Management Suite. He is also a certified business coach who is passionate about helping people pursue their goal of starting a business. Moyo was born in Zimbabwe some 35 years ago. He initially thought he'd grow up and be a famous rapper but thanks to those that love him, he pursued business studies and graduated with a degree in finance. Moyo began his career as a banker and has vast experience in that sector. He has also worked extensively with small businesses and this eventually led to him creating the Business Builder- Small Business Management Suite as well as a blog of the same name. Outside his professional career, Likhwa Moyo is a huge wrestling fan and enjoys potato chips.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

My favorite apps are Drawing Cartoons 2 and PicsArt. Drawing Cartoons allows you to make simple animations whereas PicsArt helps edit pictures in a fraction of the time that it would take on a computer. I also like an app called Productivity Wizard by Yuval Goren. It helps organize your life for productivity.

How long have you been working on this app?

I started working on the Business Builder app in May 2018 and launched it on the Play Store in August 2018. It must be noted, however, that this is only the beginning and our vision is much bigger. So there are ongoing tweaks and improvements being made to it on a regular basis. There is so much we want to do and so we see the app as an ongoing project.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

Many small businesses do not have a written business plan in place. This results in them missing out on funding opportunities and making critical business mistakes. The Business Builder- Small Business Management Suite was built with aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in mind. The idea was to create a comprehensive business planning and management app tailored for businesses that are just starting out. It was also designed to simplify common business tasks such as writing a business plan or creating a company profile. I was working on a business project some years back and I was using multiple apps for various functions. I, however, realized that I spent more time in specific apps and was, therefore, neglecting some areas of the business which were in apps I didn't use as much. I then did an extensive online search for an app that could cover all aspects of my business but I wasn't pleased with the results. I then started working on a spreadsheet and the idea evolved. Thus the app was born.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

The Business Builder is different from other apps in that it combines various business tools to provide a self-guided experience for the startup owner or aspiring entrepreneur. The app is designed to teach the new business owner how to run a business as well as to highlight the key areas that they should focus on. Whereas most apps focus on the accounting or bookkeeping aspect of running a business, this app is a complete business ‘dashboard' for decision making during the early stages. It simplifies complex tasks and presents them in a logical manner that helps the user also grow with their business. By default, the Business Builder App is also designed to motivate you. So when you open the app, our goal is to help the user realize that it is possible to accomplish their dreams and the app is there to provide guidance.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

In addition to refining the Business Builder app, we are currently working on a number of features and these include the ability to share and upload documents to a cloud storage platform as well as the ability for users to collaborate. We also have numerous surprise features and enhancements scheduled for future updates. Users should look forward to those.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

We encourage new users to try out the app and share it with their friends and anyone that may be starting a business. More importantly, we encourage new users to send us their feedback as well as suggestions on how we can improve the app to help them achieve more. It could be new features, bugs or simple tweaks… we look forward to any feedback that will help us improve. If the new user likes the app, we would be honored if they took some time to review it on Google Play Store.

Business Builder

About App: The Business Builder is a combination of bookkeeping and productivity tools for small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. The app is designed to help entrepreneurs handle the basic administration of their business. The app comes with multiple checklists and guided business activities to help you start and grow your business. We know that with limited funding during the start-up phase, starting a business can be quite hectic, not to mention expensive. The Business Builder App will help you be your own bookkeeper, accountant, and marketer when funds are limited. The Business Builder App will help you achieve the following: • Outline your business strategy and break it down into smaller milestones and targets. • Organize your thoughts into a business idea • Write a bankable business plan for your business using our business plan template. • Create financial statements for your business such as a cash flow statement, sales plan, cost plan, profit plan • Manage and keep track of your daily transactions, invoices, quotations, and payments. • You can use the app as a guide for preparing your loan application or pitch to investors Key features * Set goals, schedule activities and keep track of them to ensure you stay on track and highly productive. * Record your progress as you achieve your goals. * Create invoices using the Business Builder's built-in invoice software * Create Quotations and follow up on potential leads. * Easily create receipts using the receipt maker * Record and keep track of your sales * Record all your receipts and payments to keep track of income and expenses. * Create accounts for creditors, debtors, suppliers, and strategic partners * Manage inventory * Set and track goals using strategic planning tools with detailed milestones, action plans, and progress reports. * business plan template with preformatted cells to take the hassle out of complicated calculations. * A lean one-page business plan template to edit and save as a pdf on your device or to use for reference. * Basic book-keeping tools to monitor your income and expenditure as well as to record other business transactions. * Create PDF documents such as quotations, invoices, receipts, payment vouchers, company profiles and more. * Daily planning tools such as a to-do list, notepad, and journal to help you perform at your best and achieve maximum results. * Calculate prices and costs i.e. Fixed cost calculator, variable cost calculator for service operators, manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers to help do your Break-even analysis so as to set competitive and profitable prices. * Guided business activities to take you to step by step through the process of writing your business plan using the business plan template. * A comprehensive startup Checklist to cover all the key areas to be considered when starting a business. * Useful operational guides and manuals * Quicktools to help you speedily accomplish common business administration tasks * Asset register to record asset details and keep track of their value * Easily create a company profile, product catalog to send to various stakeholders or as part of your loan application. * View a report of your business activity. * Work offline In summary, the Business Builder will show you how to start and grow your business.

Categories: Business

Date: May 24, 2019

Developer: Likhwa Moyo

About developer: Likhwa Moyo is the founder of the Business Builder- Small Business Managemen ... Read more

Website: http://www.businessbuilder.co.zw/

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