I have little experience with coding and probably couldn’t build the app(s) by myself. I read somewhere that an MVP doesn’t have to be an actual service, and that enough website signups could show investors people are interested. Could I get an investor by building a nice company site and using Google Ads to get signups for the service?
I often see the suggestion of building a landing page to validate a product idea: build the page, pretend as if the product is almost ready, and either have the user enter an email for a notification when it's done, or even go so far as to have them "checkout", only to find it's not available yet.
My problem is these both feel a little misleading, and don't accurately reflect the state of the project. What's the best way to validate a B2C SaaS with broad appeal without misleading the end user?
There maybe many changes to the end product or to an MVP from your original Idea as you give more leverage to the idea. Then how do you validate the idea/ startup? I know that it is difficult to predict the exact amount or the success rate. Still, we need to calculate the value of idea/startup. But, How and at what stage of your Startup you do a calculation? Can someone share the experience ? Any previous posts?
How do Investors see valuation in a startup, especially they take a risk of pumping their real money to an idea?
Trying to pick the perfect side hustle can be a daunting task. There are so many options, and it’s difficult to know which ones you’re well suited to that have high profitability potential. By doing some research and introspection, you can be sure you’re on the right track.
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Here’s a process for choosing a side hustle that’s a good match with your strengths and desires — and that makes good money:
Find what fuels you
If you have a full-time job that doesn’t thrill you, the last thing you want is a side hustle that feels like drudgery. While many people start side hustles for financial reasons, it makes sense for your side hustle to be something you enjoy. When you’re trying to fit your side hustle around a full day of work, you need something that won’t drain your already limited energy.
Here’s how to find what fuels you:
First, identify the things you do that energize you, as well as the things that drain you. Keep a log throughout the day and note your energy levels after you complete various tasks or perform activities.
For example, after teaching a workshop, do you feel fired up and excited or drained and tired? Does organizing your projects make you feel empowered or exhausted?
Keep this log for a week, then look for patterns. Does your energy typically come from working with your hands, from being creative or from organizing things? Cross any side hustle off your list that involves a lot of the types of activities or tasks that drain you, and prioritize those that give you energy.
Create a list of your talents, skills and strengths
Many people talk about talents, skills and strengths interchangeably, but there’s value in approaching each separately.
Talents are those innate abilities you were born with — they didn’t require a lot of training to develop. Many people describe them by saying they “just have a knack” for the task or activity. It’s smart to take advantage of these talents in your side hustle because you excel at them and they probably don’t feel like a lot of work. Make a list of each talent you have, whether or not you can immediately see how they would be helpful in a side hustle.
Skills are things that you have trained to develop. These can include communication, computer skills, programming skills, graphic design, writing and many other activities. Your skills may or may not be something you want to use in your side hustle, but it’s helpful to have a visible list of your skills so you can see where your assets lie (and where you may need to get additional training).
Strengths are similar to talents in that you were born with them, but they’re more about how you work than what you’re doing when you work. Strengths include empathy, focus, adaptability and ideation, to name a few. Understanding your strengths will help you to see the roles you would do well in.
Consider your experience
Experience is also a valuable asset when it comes to side hustles. If you have experience in a particular industry or working with a type of buyer, you can take this knowledge and put it to use in your side hustle. Using your experience will give you a head start since you won’t need to spend time researching a new industry. And you may have contacts from your past experiences who could help you network. In addition to looking at the experience you could bring to a side hustle, listing out all your existing experience may spark new ideas for possible side hustles.
You probably already have a list of ideas for side hustles, but the above exercises should have generated a lot of new ones. Go ahead and spend 30 minutes brainstorming new ideas based on what you learned about yourself. You may come up with something that’s an ideal fit that you hadn’t thought of before. Try mind mapping to generate as many ideas as possible.
Get a real-world perspective
So far, you’re assuming there’s a market for the ideas you’ve brainstormed. To be sure that your guesswork is accurate, you need to talk to people who are in the industries you’re interested in and people who are doing something similar to the type of business you’re planning to start.
Talk to people in your network or find connections on LinkedIn or in local business groups who are willing to spend 20 to 30 minutes with you answering questions via phone or Zoom. This real-world perspective will help you eliminate ideas that don’t have traction and give you a clearer picture of where the opportunities lie within particular industries.
Verify that there’s a viable market for your idea
Talking to people in the industry will help you identify strong contenders for your perfect side hustle, but you’ll want to dig deeper to ensure that you can make the kind of money you want to make with your new business.
Conduct a survey or ask people who fit your ideal customer profile how badly they need a solution to the problem your business will solve. Ask them if they’d be willing to pay the prices you’ve identified for your product or service. Figure out what questions or concerns they would have if your product or service was available today.
Next, consider your financial priorities. Ask yourself:
- How much money do you want to make with this side hustle?
- Do you hope to grow your business to support yourself full-time at some point?
- What is your idea’s capacity for scale?
- Can the ideas you’re evaluating support your financial priorities?
Doing this research and spending this time in introspection will help you land on a side hustle idea with strong potential. You’ll be more aligned with your natural talents and strengths, and you’ll be more confident that you’re going in a direction that’s likely to result in success.
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I usually come up with crazy ideas that I usually want to test and see if something works. The only issue is how do I test them early on? For example, I developed a small app in 2 days and posted it on multiple Reddit channels and got 0 responses back even though I know a need for it exists and people will like it.
I am asking from the perspective of a person who has done employment his whole life so kindly tell me what is in your opinion the best way to validate a tech idea?
Long story short, have a pretty solid hunch my paperwork when i signed happened way after the fact. In my agreement, the strike price had a variable where the number should be.
I'm a tech guy, so unsure how and what I would approach the founders with to verify my strike price is accurate. Reddit startup finance gods you have been summoned!