As I have mentioned before, I would be glad to have a partner on this, because I like to brainstorm with a like-minded individual :) Well it seems that I might have found someone.
Because of this, another option seems viable for developing the site. With more capital we could hire someone to develop the site. Well this option has pros and cons of course.
The pros would be that it would be done by a professional and less adjustments would be needed to the code afterwards. Also, it would be more optimized for SEO and for performance.
The dowside of this that if the developer doesn't understand the concept fully, we always need to make little adjustments. Also, I would need the programmer to be creative and communicate every move with me. I think it will be hard to find someone like this. But it seems that the number options are rising and it's a very good thing :)
So the task is to try to find an insanely creative pro-ninja web developer. Wish me luck :)
P.S.: In case you know anyone who is a professional developer, don't hesitate to send them to me :)
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!
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.
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.