After losing my job in December of 2019, I decided to step into bootstrapping my own ideas for a while.
First (don't do this), I worked for more than 6 months on my first idea, a very simple one, but difficult to execute. An email service provider, nomadmail.io. It wasn't easy, but I did it.
I launched. 1 upvote on Product Hunt, mine... Crickets. I probably cried on the inside.
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After spending an immense amount of hours tweaking and fixing and making sure everything was workings, 99.9% of the visits to the landing page, never passed from there.
2,058 visits since 20th May. 0 clients. No one has seen my app.
After that, I thought: Ok, if people don't pass from the landing page, I am going to create landing pages and test ideas.
So I create:
coffeelist.co: a coffee community, 1,716 visits. I got a bit excited and did some features.
nomadasdigitales.com, a digital nomads community in Spanish.
lanzame.net, a Product Hunt in Spanish.
classline.io, a SaaS for teachers to simply communicate with students over email, this is using the technology that I created for nomadmail.
What I learned:
Don't rush into solutions. Find people that have a real problem, talk to them, and then, think of solutions. Every problem, has many solutions, don't rush into making the first one that you can think of.
Find clients before making anything. I always think... I will make it share it, and people will see and use it. It doesn't work like that.
Don't do it if you need money NOW. Making a product's success takes time. If you are doing it for the money, you are going to rush into the wrong decisions.
That's it. Honestly, I sometimes think to stop and to just work for others. To think that I don't have it, or that I am just not good enough.
But I keep thinking and thinking and making. I can't help it. I am sure many of you can relate. At the end of the day, you only need to win once.
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