I had a business idea and directly started coding it. Even though the Idea was not original at all, I thought it could work.
Since I was very serious about it and I didn’t want this project to finish like many other side-projects I have started - as an abandoned Git repo -, I decided not only to invest my time on it, but some money founding a company and paying others to do what I am not good at: the UI.
This is the same strategy I use for doing fitness: I got a 2-year subscription to a gym because knowing that I am paying for something makes me want to use it. Nothing motivates me more than that.
As every developer, my estimations skills are superb: at first, I was thinking - no, I was sure - if I invest 2-3 hours a day and some more hours on the weekend, I could easily go online in three months. Sixteen months later, I still think the product is, at maximum, 90% ready. I know software is never finished, so 90% should be enough to go online.
I have had many people test the platform and they gave me a very long to-do list, but at least it seems like the “core” features are working well, so it looks like I have an MVP. Most of that to-do list items are only nice-to-have functions, small improvements, or new features that are only worth investing time and money after validating this MVP on the market.
But now I have a problem: I am quite afraid of going live. After so many months just working on the code, testing and playing around with the product, I have the continuous feeling that it is not ready yet. And no matter how many functions I add or how many improvements I code, this feeling is not going away.
Furthermore, even thought I have spent many hours thinking on the best way to reach my target audience (developers and companies searching for developers), I haven't got to any conclusion yet. I don’t even know if first I should target only the devs, or first the companies, or both..
Any tips on how I should proceed?
UPDATE 28 March. 2021:
Thank you all for your comments! I have just launched on Indie Hackers: https://www.indiehackers.com/product/found-dev
I have decided to start by not publishing all features and by letting in only a few hand-picked developers and companies.
If anyone is interested in, please write at me and let me know that you come from Indie Hackers! Members from Indie Hackers have those advantages: