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What advice would you give to a student who wants to start its own start-up?

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I want to build an application (web or mobile) and start earning a small amount of money. I don't want this to be my main source of income. I just want to experiment with the start-up world.

Do you have advice for me?

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Join a hackathon like Startup Weekend to have a slight taste of the startup world. You can find a way to intern or work as a full-time employee in startup that you feel is doing awesome work.

Once you are in a startup that you feel is doing awesome work, find ways to do side hustles/side projects to earn money while your holding a full-time job.

If you are able to hold down a full-time job with a side hustle that earns more than 1/2 of your salary then I would suggest starting your own startup with a co-founder without any external funding from investors.

 

Figure out who you want to help. Connect with them. Then build a product that's useful to them.

 

Read the Lean Startup (or at least a synopsis), then work on finding product-market fit. The best thing you can do is identify the type of people who will use your app, and get to know as many of them as you can. Understanding your user is essentially to building a good product.

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Student in Computer Science at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Interested in Artificial Intelligence and Network/Security