Got to say, this makes me feel extremely old, having started well before DOS and Windows 3.1, but also very happy to see other's follow their passion so thoroughly! Keep it up! I'm following and rooting for you!
Remember, there's a lot of services you can use for free until you get the customers that will pay for them. And start charging early!
Don't worry about the day 1 bug. There will be 100 and it won't matter.
"You can be thousands of dollars out before you've made a single cent."
You don't need to be out of pocket at all. Getting started is so cheap today. AWS, Stripe. You're not paying large amounts unless the site is popular.
With the day 1 bug part, I mean more like if the entire thing collapses. 100% there will be bugs and they will affect a lot of people but let's hope nothing catastrophic on the first day!
With the out-of-pocket stuff, a lot of that is legal fees for things like trademarks, setting up the business structure, T&Cs/Privacy Policies, making sure I have the right sales tax in specific districts etc etc. Not everyone needs to do every one of these but I'm trying to get it all right from the get-go. 🙂
Best of luck, I love that vision of your 11 year old self. There's always going to be demand for SaaS I'm sure. I've never started a business but I can understand what it's like to be in the free fall state of uncertainties. Hope it pans out, if not it can always roll into something else from what I've experienced. 😁
What product are you working on?
My product is called "BrandVantage", a cross between an analytics/SEO tool and a brand management tool. One of my biggest motivations is how much "SEO specialists" seem to rip off people (I know one larger company spending $5k a month for several months and got 2 really basic reports) so I want to provide a low cost but powerful tool that gives any business an advantage, not just businesses with money to throw away.
I'm planing to launch on Product Hunt around maybe mid-April.
I would link off to it but I am in the middle of some legal things - I previously had it under a different name but had to change it so my online presence is really inconsistent. EDIT: BrandVantage Website
Rest assured though, I will post about any relevant parts of it to DEV. Actually, I already have a few posts about libraries I wrote specifically for my product: Sitemaps 101 & No Robots Allowed
I have another post coming soon talking about a web crawler I wrote. 🙂
I’d also like to get a PM if you want some early beta testing. I’ll pay for a beta if the value is there, don’t short sell yourself.
Thanks Jonathan, that is very kind! I recently launched the landing page site for BrandVantage which goes into a little more detail about the product: brandvantage.co
One of the things I want to do with people that subscribe (besides getting them in on a beta in the future) is actually run them through a few surveys about future functionality etc. If that interests you, I'd love for you to subscribe 🙂
Best of luck..i have been in your shoes a few times. And brace for some tough times ahead..it will be satisfying though once you hit your goal..best unsolicited advice i would like to share to you is find a paying client fast! Money will not solve everything but it will keep your head above water to get you another day to pursue your goal. i would like to try your product. We are on the same field..pls pm when it's ready.
Thanks Joell! Yeah, the plan is to get paying customers ASAP.
I haven't launched yet (nor do I have a beta for you to preview) but I do have a new landing page for BrandVantage where you can register your interest: brandvantage.co
I'll be hopefully doing a survey or two for people that subscribe to help refine future functionality etc. Plus the more obvious reason for subscribing so you know when I launch 🙂
Very interesting, I hope to see more of it soon.
Once it is more stable and officially released I will suggest it to our office to investigate if we could use it.
Btw integration into Android and iOS apps would be a huge plus for us, we make custom native apps for companies (web is a part of it, mostly API).
Hey Glenn, interesting idea. I probably wouldn't want to step on too many toes in the analytics space in terms of getting the raw data BUT integration with sources that have this data would definitely be a good idea. It will be something I will need to do more research towards. 🙂
I recently launched the landing page site for BrandVantage which goes into a little more detail plus has a "register interest" form if you want to stay in the loop: brandvantage.co/
The very best of luck!
Good luck James!
Are you on Product Hunt Makers by chance?
BrandVantage sounds really cool.
Nope not on PH Makers, only just saw a link to it yesterday in their nav. Might look into it further 🙂
Well worth joining, it’s both collaborative task manager and accountability program - with the added benefit of when you launch, you’ll likely have a community of other people to kickstart you on product hunt
Bon Chance James!
Good luck, and read the mom test
Best of luck James! Thanks for sharing. It's ironic that I came across your heartwarming article as I'm about to start my Day 1 as a Developer hehe. It helped
Best of luck to you also then! 🙂
Not wishing you luck, but success. That's what you get from your efforts. Keep it up!
All the best buddy, I wish you success on your new journey.
Good luck James! I'm in a similar position right now (also worked for 7 years and trying to launch my business). I'm looking forward to the moment when I'll have the guts to quit my job.
Good luck! I love stories like this one.
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