Ralph built his own software by scratching his own itch

Ralph built his own software by scratching his own itch

1. Hi, What’s your name and your business?

Ralph Wilbers, Founder of eveHRyday. It’s an online SaaS tool for Dutch payroll.

2. Can you tell us more about your background on how you started?

With my other company, WePayroll, we use the HR & Payroll enterprise software of Nmbrs. Their software has integrated forms for clients to send in their changes. When offered their solution to clients, we ran into several issues that made the forms not as efficient as I was hoping.

During a short break in Spain, I put my thoughts on paper for a better solution and created the idea for eveHRyday. Quickly after my break, I started this journey with my developer. It turns out that I was not only “scratching my own itch” and my solution turned out to be a valid business model. Today we are live with several clients worldwide who use our software for managing their Dutch payroll online.

3. What does a typical day look like for you?

When I have no appointments with clients, I get up around 7 am. During breakfast, I read the Dutch financial newspaper. After that, I will hit the shower and pick up a few emails or tasks before I head for the office. This way I get things done before I head to the office, where I can fully assist my team.

4. What is your biggest lesson learned in SaaS?

My biggest lesson learned is basically to set one step at a time. Your mind is full of cool features, and feedback from your early users will even add ideas. But, you can’t just launch them all at once. Focus. Stay in charge of your product.

5. Which tools are your favorite to work with?

I use Gmail, Google suite, Zendesk, and Smartsheet which is really great since it’s very powerful software.

6. What is your favorite app on your phone?

Probably the phone app itself and second best is Whatsapp or Slack. I use my phone mainly for communications.

7. What is your favorite book?

Currently, I am reading “Shoe dog” about how Phil Knight founded Nike, but I “ate” the books from Jason Fried, like Rework, and was very inspired by Steve Jobs’ biography too.

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