After trying to validate my previous project with my target customers and being told I'm "solving a problem that doesn't exist", I decided I want to take a step back and stop trying to make something new and groundbreaking. I decided to just take an existing, validated service, and just make my own version. I created this thread to discuss the idea and it seems a lot of people agree not all products need to be new and novel.
I decided I wanted to build a form backend service for handling form submissions for serverless applications (or server apps that just want easy form setup). You simply drop an HTML form on your page and point it to my service and it stores and emails you all of your submissions. This is a problem already saturated with companies like FormSpree and Getform and plenty more. Do I think I can beat these companies? Not sure. But I know I can build a service that is just as good as them. At the end of the my goal is to just capture a small potion of their customers. My concrete goal is $100/MRR in 1 year, it's not a lot but it's enough for me to feel successful.
Next steps are to keep coding the MVP starting with getting a landing/signup page ready so I can start sharing it with interested users. I also want to start doing more competitor research to determine any gaps they've left for me to hit as well as sending out surveys to determine any paint points people have with these services.
I'll be tweeting updates and less frequently updating on here if you want to follow along!