Startups come and go. It feels like it’s raining startups, I guess startups belong to this new generation or is it just a trend?. Thanks to technology we are able to start our own ”company”. It used to be just an idea…or dream. As if right now, we can make our dreams come true. From my experience, some tips:
1. Write your concept down on just one piece of paper. Or even better in a couple of sentences, if you can’t do this than please stop writhing.
2. Ask friends, family and other people around you about their opinion. Do they like your concept? You can love it yourself but it might totally suck. It’s better to now know then 100.000 dollars later:) By the way, it’s good for you to talk a lot about your concept. This way you”ll dream about it. Maybe you”ll even get nightmares. Seriously, you give your concept the time to grow and develop. There might be some stuff you haven’t thought about. Not to forget, you develop your presentation and sales skills. (which are very important when you are looking for investors or venture capitalist)
3. Start with the right people who are seriously interested. Right people means: People you know who are an entrepreneur or have good experiences and knowledge of doing business. Please don’t ask your best friend with a hangover from last night for any business advice.
4. If you can’t code, don’t look for a php developer who’s living with his mom and dad. Look for talented people, who are pragmatical and know how to develop business wise.
5. Have a great designer and hire a designer on day one. These days you can’t live without one. People are visual oriented and like to see nice stuff.
6. Looking for investors? Yes, you can try crowdfunding, pretty cool initiative if you ask me. When you don’t have the patience for crowdfunding, be smart and ask intimates if they want to help you. Think of your dad, grandpa or a family friend with a company. Try to find the right mix: Someone who knows a lot of finance, someone who knows a lot of legal affairs, someone who has experience with social media. It’s great when you found people like this. This means that you have all the knowledge in house and there money is in your hands. So believe me, they will chase you and will do (almost) everything to make your business work!
7. If this all isn’t really working for you as in my case. Then try it my way… What I did, was looking for web development companies. After I found out that just a young developer isn’t going to work out. Because it simply takes a lot of money and time…. I rather go to a professional company. They have all the people and skills already in house. Developers, designers, project managers, social media experts etc. Luckily, I found a really good company: BLiSs. They won a couple awards and are based in The Netherlands and Vietnam. BLiSs supports 3 startups a year. I pitched ilovefashionbloggers. They loved it and now we are with 8 people working on ilovefashionbloggers! (It might sounds simple but you know what they say: simplicity can be key to brilliance)
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