It’s all too frequent when a request comes to me from someone who has not yet established a business and they want to get a product or service built and launched. They often want to leverage the open source, free option to ramp up the development of their product or service. More often then naught we end up saying no to the request or the person ends up going with a “more affordable” estimate for development.
In my curiosity I often check in on these projects only to find that it never launched or after months, or years of development it ends up being massively stalled out. All that show is a wasted opportunity and effort on both the person (with the idea) and the development company. No one wins and there’s another bad experience to share at the next cocktail party.
As you might know our company is a User Experience and web development company. We have worked on building products and services for over 10 years and there’s nothing more fulfilling than building a meaningful project with a client who is on board with great business values and execution.
Being a User Experience expert and not a business strategist my feedback is technical. I would love to be helpful to find a successful development partnership to build your start-up. But before you plunge in, here are a few bullet points worthy of your consideration.
- Plan your idea well. Dont just make a diagram on a napkin and not involve any business sense or strategy. Make sure you consult a business development person or a web development company that can assist in shaping the plan for your start-up.
- Fund your idea well. Money is always a great concern, but time is a greater concern as it’s the only non-refundable asset you have. You can always get more funding in some way or another. Dont let your relationship with a development company be based on money.
- Make sure open source is the best fit for your start-up. As I mentioned before so often WordPress comes up as a platform to build out a start-up service. You need to be sure that’s the best fit and in most cases it’s best to consult with a great development company to qualify that fit.
- Invest in design. Yes development is important, but the look and feel of your service is so greatly important as it visually can establish and translate your service much more clearly than your competition. Design is important and details are important!
With that all said, I humbly offer this advice truly motivated from the wasted efforts I’ve noticed over the years. Please consider this and the opportunity for your service to add value to the world and become profitable.