I thought there will be some hard days, but as soon as this?
But it won't keep me from writing! I thought I would share these thoughts with you guys, as I promised that I will write every bump on the road as well. (Hold that thought... There's too much thought in that thought, don't you think?)
That was not even funny... See? The shit hit the fan...
There are days when things just don't work. Seems like everything is falling apart. I can't keep things together at my work and this is starting to affect me in other areas. Maybe this is because I have not enough focus on it. I dedicate my focus to my imagination and ideas. But if one card falls, the house of cards collapses. If not happy at work, not happy with doing other stuff. It's like something's wrong, but I don't know what.. I can't work on my precious project today. When I can't put 100% in the things I do, I feel empty. This drags me down.
So how do I change this? I'm not a whiney little... bench, so I will do what Barney does: I stop being sad and be AWESOME instead! *uck you, sadness! (I don't know why everyone beeps out the "u" in fuck, Imma go with "F") I won't let your pathetic pity-pebbles hit me! I'm stronger than you! - And this is what I was thinking while driving home... Thinking? Shouting! I wonder what I looked like from other cars... But you know what? It worked! I won't let myself slip! And if that pity-pebble hits me, I will stand up again... and again and again!
Ok, I feel better now:)
Remember, be awesome instead!
The time has come to start creating the design of the site :)
A few weeks ago, when this idea came into my mind, I also came up with a name. It's soo cool, it perfectly suits the essence of the site! I immediately rushed to a domain buying site and typed it in. An guess what... No one was using it! I bought it right away :P
Now to start the design, I'm in the making of the logo with that cool name :) I want to start with the logo, because I think it gives a baseline to the design. Everything on the site has to refer to the logo and the name. The feeling, the colors, the icons etc. Okay, so these are the important points that I think I should follow in the design:
Design is very important, especially when engaging people who are coming to my site for the first time. It has to be simple, yet interesting. My goal is to make it a little bit funny as well! People love having fun and I want them to have fun while they're using my site! This is the main goal! This is the secret ;)
So basically I have to communicate this fun vibe with my design.
Every action they take should be simple and easy to execute. The whole site needs to be self explanatory. Also, I have to limit the information flood as much as I can. I have to be careful not to overwhelm new users with to much information. This will be fudging difficult, because the site is really complex... I will have some sleepless nights because of that for sure :)
I want my site to stand out from the other similar purpose sites on the internet. My first trump card is fun! :) I think I don't have to explain that... The second is customizable user experince. "Uum and what the heck that means?" - Good question! It means that the User can take actions in more ways than on a regular site. I can't give you any more details now, but I will show you when the time comes :)
Be mobil :)
Another great challange will be to convert this design to a mobile application design.. Yes, there will be a mobil application as well :)
That's all for now... I will come back with ore design soon and mybe with some samples :P
So where was I? Hmm.. Oh yeah preparing for my startup. So what's next...
What's next? I have a bunch of papers in front of me, all piled up. Plans, plans, some more plans. Oh wait... There's aaaaaa plan! And still not ready with the planning. I'm starting to get impatient. I want to actually do the thing! Work on desing, develop the website! Yeah, that's some good stuff! Ahh what is missing before I start? I want to just jump to that part! Okay, let's see what I need to do until I can start with those:
- I need a detailed site plan - not ready, almost at 50%
I think when all of this is done I can start with the basics of the design. Awesome :DOh by the way, I was curious how much would it cost if I would have someone build this site for me. I have requested an offer. We'll see what is the number :P (If the y're willing to tell me without any obligations)Woow I have a lot of things to do, so I'm off:)Cheers everyone! And don't forget to smile today:)Csaba
- I still need to create a survey to get some idea on demand
- I need to be a little better in programming - Working on it :)
- Database plan - eww
- Create solutions for each feature of the site - some really fancy and difficult stuff here :)
Yeeey making some progress :) I'm almost ready to start developing my site :P Yesterday I took a programming lesson from my friend :) Yeah I know you think: "Omg this jerk can't even know how to develop a website." I must say: Exactly :) That is why it's an even bigger challenge for me! I loove learning new things. And eventually I have to be a little bit better in programming to make this dream come true. Because this website will be a very complex one. And it will be complex, because I want to make my future users' life easier! I would be able to start like this, and maybe even finish the site, but at the end I would regret this very badly... I would just write a messy code, which no one can follow. Imagine this: I want to hire a new programmer after my site is done, so I don't have to make updates and run the company as well. So the guy (let's name him Greg), who I want to hire, comes to my apartment. Greg says "hi" kindly, smiling. I'm shaking his hand, smiling. Next to a cup of coffee or tea or whatever, I'm expalining him how the site/company works, future plans, etc. I see lots of excitement in his face, so I'm about to show him the code, he has to work with in the next few years. I'm a bit nervous what his reaction will be, but I'm calm. My pulse is 176, but I'm rock solid... So I turn the laptop towards Greg... He's gazing it, scrolling like a beast. I begin to notice that the sweat on his forehead is starting to create a tiny drop. It starts to run down on his face. No good... A small grimace appears on his face like he's chewing a lemon with seeds in it. No good at all... After 34 seconds of lemon chewing, he looks at me and one word gets out of his mouth: "Fuuuuuuu...uuuck" And walks right out the door. So this is what I'm willing to avoid with proper preparation :)
This is all for today. Keep smiling!
Let’s discuss a few further steps along this million-mile road. At least until the point I kinda’ know what will happen :)
Sixth step: Planning
In my case we're speaking about a website. So... I was sitting in my room. All quiet. Just the neighbours don't know how to behave... And with my extreme talent in drawing, I'm making sketches about the site. They basically look like a cartoon, but I can say this is how I encrypt it. Noone can make use of it, just me!
Also, I need to plan all the features and functions of the site, and the site map. After that I will have to create the database structure plan the way I don't have to mess with it after every adjustment to the site.
Another necessary thing I did is to make a schedule for all of my tasks, which can be very useful to plan the timelines and milestones of my project.
I have to make a marketing plan as well, which I have mentioned, but that one can wait.
Of course last by not least the business plan. That will be hell a lot of fun, I must say…
Seventh step: Execution
So my plans are complete, I know exactly what I’m doing! (heh yeah.. maybe not)
This is the real working and sweating part. I need to develop the website. I’m not an experienced developer, but enthusiasm beats everything! So building the site… I decided to do the server side programming with C#, so that will be a challenge for me :) Oh and the design. That’s my favourite part! That’s when the artist comes out of me! Just like when drawing the sketches of the site :) No, actually I’m better at design with photoshop and stuff, than bare-hand drawing.
After the site is done, I have to hire someone to do develop the mobile application(s). Yes! there will be some apps here!
Eighth step: Marketing
After everything is in place, and ready to be thrown out to the web, I need to execute the carefully-planned go-live strategy. This will be a kind of website, which if not used by thousands in the first week, it’s doomed. So until I have a very solid belief that my marketing system will do the job, I can’t launch the website.
Ninth step: Growth
It’s easy: Grow! :)
I hope you enjoyed this little article, I will write about each step in more detail of course when I get to them.
Live and keep smilin’!
This little wirting will be about how to plan the start of my startup.
So let's get straight to the business:
For first step, I need an idea.
An idea of a solution that either solves something, or fills a big whole and generates demand. In my case we can consider this done.
Okay, so I can rest a little now then...
Sweet baby Jesus, what?? Rest? Nooo way! This was the easy part...
Second step: Write it down!
I'm a little bit paranoid, so when I realized that this is a freakingly super awesome idea, I started to think how can I protect it. Of course I can't protect it by patent, but I can write an invetor's log with dates, signatures, witnesses. And if you write everything down, it's a lot easier to see the big picture and also a lot of new ideas are coming to your mind.
Third step: The customer
Who will be my customer? Can I give them what they want? A lot of startups fail because they create their solution from thier own perspective. Not from a customer's. I need to ask myself: What my customers will do with my site? How will they use it? But even before that... I have to answer my first question: Who will be my customer? The end user or the advertizer? Both... I have to fullfill the needs of both party, and that could be difficult. They're driven by different goals, so those goals can contradict with each other. I have to find some kind of balance.
After I know who will be my customer, I will need a plan on how to get them. I need them to be aware of my site/product. So I'm already witing my marketing plan, even before I typed a single caracter in the code of my site. Actually I have already started to execute something from my marketing plan, but we will speak about that later...
Fourth step: I don't like number 4, so Imma skip this.
Fifth step: Partners
So after we have succesfully skipped step four, we need to find partners and stuff.
In my first post, I said that I have to decide how I want to go forward with the web programming. At this point I don't have a potential partner. Although I would be insterested in one, but haven't found anyone yet. But it's really hard to find a partner. You have to know each other well, trust each other, have the same enthusiasm, etc. So maybe I could go to a big company. This seems a very good option. I think my idea is good enough, if I'm persistent, they will be interested. But there's always a but :) I'm not really in a good position geographically. It would be pretty difficult and expensive to try my luck in the USA and maybe come home without a result.
The third option is to basically hire someone. But I don't want to pay someone for this, I'd rather do it myself, even if it takes longer :) So that's where I'm at now. I will do everything myself until I find someone who's worthy to partner with :)
Part two coming soon...
All the best,
P.S.: Feel free to link any good articles on web startups.
They say everyone has at least one million-dollar idea in his/her lifetime. But most of us just let it slip away. Most people just say: "Hmm I think I could make a fortune with an exclusive coffee shop here. There's no coffee shop nearby, and there are a lot of business facilities around with potential customers. Ah nevermind..."
But life has a very direct way of teaching us :)
A few years later on the exact same corner: "What a crowded and fancy coffe shop. Wow! They must make a furtune! Well... I have thought of the same thing back then..."
I beleive that every good idea can be a million-dollar idea. But just a handful of them will be...
To come up with an idea is "easy". But to take action... It's a lot harder. You need to take risks, you encounter countless obstacles, you need to work with a lot of people. And if you're enthusiasm runs dry, it's over. At least this is what I've learned from my previous "project". (By the way I still hope that we can finish that one as well)
The bottom line is that you have to be 100% sure that you want to do this!! As Yoda said: "Do. Or do not! There is no try!" I'm 100% sure, that I want to do this, and I want to keep it that way. I think that this Blog can help me in that.
So you might ask:
- Do you think that you have a million-dollar idea?
- Well I'm glad you asked. You know, it's not about the money. I mean maybe I can't be measured that way. It's about how it makes me feel. I feel excited!! I feel that so many people will use and love this! So because of that:
Of couse I think I have a million-dollar idea! I beleive in it and I'm enthusiastic about it! But I always have doubts...
Is my excitement blindfoldig me? Am I hiding the truth from myself? I have to find it out! I have spent now 3 days of searching for anything that could prove that my idea is not viable. Fortunately I have not found anything game-changing. But I will have to know what my potential costumers have to say. I need to mesure the demand. So I have decided to make a survey to evaluate the demand for my "product". I have to do some other things before that, but I will show you the survey and the outcome :)
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I was sittng at my desk at home, wondering... What is this? Will people use this? How? The way I imagined? How I make it come alive? Is it a good idea?
Thoughts just rushing through my head back and forth. Questions, questions everywhere. I have that many questions, because it might be something big, I know! I'm excited!!!
Okay, calm down... First, let's see if anyone has this idea already. Let's see if I can find something like this on the internet. After a few minutes/hours (I don't really know how much time) of searching... No, nothing with this concept.
Okay so.. What do I do? What do I do?I't so simple.. Why people have never thought about this? This would be a huge business! Maybe it's not a viable idea. No! It has to be!
I have to protect it! But how? I can't patent this, it's just an idea...But... But.. let's think about it more for a second.... And this is where even more ideas came to my mind about it. I have to do this! People will love it! Umm okay... So this is a website. I will need someone who will do the programming part.
As I have created an almost complete website before with design, and client side programming, I think I can do that part. (That was an idea with a firend of mine. That's an insteresting story as well, maybe once I will write about it.) So if I can find someone who can do the server side programming, we're good to go. Of course! The friend of mine, who I was working with on the prevoius idea. But as it turned out he's busy... and not that excited as me.I have two other options. Go to a big firm, e.g. Google, or pay to someone to do it.
I didn't think at that point that I have a 3rd option as well... But we will get to that :)I'm getting ahead of myself here, I have so much to do until I have to choose.
So I have to go now to work on some plans... Will keep you posted :)Best,Csaba
P.S.: You can read more about me and this blog in the My Story
section of the site.