Oracle did it. They claimed they had a database. if you “bought” their database a team of consultants would help you “install” the database. This allows you to fine-tune into a product that has a lot higher value.
Employees want to know what to do and you are thinking of their overall career.
Customers need to know they made the right choice.
Investors want to know they can count on you when time’s are tough.
If you are working 20 hours a day, then that means you have flaws in how you are managing your time or how you have managed the project.
Write a blog about your industry & be honest about the flaws.
Authenticity is the best branding.
Your children need you. It seems odd to include this but we’re keeping it real.
Most books for entrepreneurs say “think big”, “go after your dreams”. But often dreams turn into nightmares.
The disease has no cure & is contagious.
I’m surprised people don’t do this 100% of the time. This is an easy way to compete and surprise and delight. Then.customers for life.
Note Mark Cuban’s story: Before he sold Broadcast, he sold his first software company for ten million.
Answer: It’s not easy or everyone would be rich.
Answer: email them. Email 40 of them. It’s OK if only 1 answers. Email 40 a day but make sure you have something of value to offer.
Answer: if you don’t know any and you want to be cheap: use freelancer.com. But hire local. You need to communicate with them even if it costs more money.
Answer: first…freelance. Then hire.
Answer: develop a service first, get customers, fine-tune service, repeat, THEN make a more automated product. Test quickly before spending your life.
Answer: one on meetings. Be Kind. State the facts. Help them. You want to be a good guy. This is one reason why it’s good to start with freelancers.
Answer: build the service/product. Get a customer. Get money from customer. Get more customers. Build more services in the product. Get VC. Chances are by this point, the VCs are calling you. Now you can say "No".
Answer: Keep your day job, and try to get ONE customer on side service. Then two. Then three. Then decide comfort level for leaving job.
Every day make sure you are not smoking crack. If you smoke crack you can die. GOOD LUCK!