What is the best way to validate a on demand delivery service with multiple in house product offerings (so no third party goods) and minimal budget at this stage? Would you try and do something along the lines of acting as a middle man and purchasing goods at another vendor whenever an order comes in? Would you break into your development budget and actually purchase a bit of stock? Or would you go about this in a different way altogether? We are trying to do a large scale validation test in a mid sized city right now if scale of validation matters at all. Any advice would be much appreciated?
I'll try to give a little of background so maybe someone could help be doing it right. I was trying to run several businesses for 6 years (some even not related with IT) and failed it all. No big deal. Survivorship bias works correctly.
Recently I was trying to make a product/app. I made an MVP (or maybe a little more than MVP, but still small). Failed because I had no plan. If I knew things I know now, I probably would not do it at all. I've spent lots of time, effort but it had to fail.
I've realized some things:
First: Maybe I'm not as good as I thought with finding a niche and devise potential users needs.
Second: It's almost impossible to do it alone (with real amount of time). Developing stuff is great and so, but there is so much work to do around it like, marketing, law, design, etc. So I couldn't handle it all alone. Finding right people to invest their time for this project also failed.
I've turned different way. I'm working as a software developer. Have been working in companies of all sizes (corp, mid, small). Now trying to run a software house.
First client: old friend that have nice running transportation company. I've used previous talked app as a lever. He ordered a website. Maybe it's not what I wanted to do, but has to start with something. I've got another order for the website from him, and some small improvements. I've earned a tiny amount of money (20% of my current salary), used to pay taxes and give me some time to learn how to manage the business administration stuff.
Partners: Tried to convince developers interested in business I know, but they don't get the idea of undertaking. They want to make a project, take huge money and go out of this. No huge money guaranteed? They are out.
Help: Unfortunately I can't depend on anyone I know in the matter of creating a software house.
Alright. To the point. Doing static websites is not a good road to create a software house. There is more graphical and SEO work to do than doing something functional for business processes. Right now I'm considering these options I want to know your opinions:
- Sales training of cold mailing, managing sales, reaching decision-makers and things like that.
- Find a salesperson and share equity. But It might be very hard or event close to impossible to find someone, who would sell software services of pretty new company without team, portfolio etc.
But whatever I take, I don't know how to convince anyone to take my company's services. I have no team (of course I would hire with first higher contract). Just a skill set to make a business software from 0 to end, and all related stuff like analysis, processes automation, managing people and project etc.
Thanks for any comments in advance.
Hi, I've recently been thinking of how to make some side money and had an idea of a car detailing service that comes to your house. I always enjoy having a clean car always And already do quiet a bit of driving so why not have a detailer that comes to your house at a scheduled time and details it. I don't know much about the business and have no clue on what or where to reasurch seeing I've never started a business. I'm located in Wasilla AK and I'm 18 any advice or help would be gladly appreciated!!!!