After over 4 years designing and building products for other entrepreneurs as a freelancer, I've decided to build my own! This will be a side project since I love my day job and have two young kids to feed, but I need to scratch that entrepreneurship itch.
I'm going to build for entrepreneurs because of the friends and past clients I have. I saw a lot of failed and successful products created and feel like I can help more entrepreneurs succeed (hopefully I can be part of that second group 😉).
Since starting, I've made good progress on the following:
I have an initial solution but need to validate or invalidate the problem and solution I've thought of. I just read The Mom Test and feel a lot more prepared for this step of the process. Another book I'd recommend is Just Enough Research for anyone wanting to step up their user research skills.
I want to make sure I don't get stuck on my initial idea by building something people don't want or getting stuck on a local maximum. I'll gladly switch the problem or solution I'm working on if I find something better when doing user research.
After doing some more user research through interviews and scouring forums, I'll do some more solution ideation then follow up with the people I had interviewed. It's all just iterating on ideas and testing my assumptions from here on, right?
I'd love to chat with you about your experience doing (or not doing) user research! Schedule a time here🙂
Thanks to all the awesome people in this community for sharing their stories and what they've learned. I hope I can share a few things I learn along the way too 🙂.