You have an idea of a product and want to work on it as soon as possible. You start the new project full of excitement and joy. You build an MVP and share it with your friends. But after a short period, we abandon the project. There are many reasons why. The excitement at the beginning quickly fades away, we get bored, the project takes to long, or no one cares about it.
Sounds familiar? Well, that's how it is for me.
But this time I wanted to stick to it no matter what!
I wanted to build something and be patient. At least for a year. So I did. Step by step, day by day.
I had no users at the beginning. No one cared. No one knew that I even existed. The few users I had complained about bugs and that the software is not ready. It was not easy, but I stayed calm and fixed every issue I found, added new features and functionality. And over time I could see a steady increase in new sign-ups. Users were curious to give it a try. It was not so bad anymore.
And then it happened. Someone has found value in my product and paid for it! The feeling I had after I got my first customer was pure joy. He is the real MVP. I think I will never forget his name :'D
Now a year has passed. Thousands of people have joined. Every feedback I got helped me to create a better product. I get new customers nearly every day, have partnered with different B2B's and even received some inquiries if I want to sell the platform (which I don't intend to). It was not easy but it was worth it.
A lot of the users came from AppSumo and StackCommerce. They helped me to reach a bigger audience. Lifetime deals are not for everyone but they helped a lot to get started.
Don't give up to early. It is a side project after all. It takes time to figure out what the customer wants and to shape the product. It is easy to be impatient in a world of instant gratification. But an empire will not rise overnight.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. But they were laying bricks every hour.
In case you have read this far. The project I have built is Resoume. A platform to create your online presence. It all started as a resume builder but I quickly added the option to create a personal website along with it. The option to have a personal website with social proof of your skills and ability is more important than ever.
In case you are interested, here is a list of software I have used:
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