After drinking tons of coffee and losing sleep in many nights, I finally have my product ready to show the public. My product aims to help small business owners run appointments smoothly since many businesses transitioned to be by appointments only during COVID.
I started distributing flyers to local beauty salons and barbershops. However, ~ 10 flyers generated 0 leads. And then good news came, I got connected to a massage shop owner who is my friend's friend. The initial conversation was great. He showed interests and said he would introduce my product to his friend as well. I was stoked and promised to gave them friend discount. He asked if his friend could join the zoom meeting? I said that would be great.
And then things started going south from there. He postponed our first meeting and did not show during the second. We finally talked tonight. I was a little surprised that he knew so much about tech as a massage shop owner, he asked me what APIs I used for the VOIP, what was my pricing model, etc. And then I finally learned that he was building a similar product by hiring 5 part time developers. The only purpose he joined the meeting was to learn what I have built! And his "friend" is one of his developers. Oh my gosh. I have heard a similar story happened to one of friends. Did not think that the same crap could also happen to me.
Be careful when you talk to others. They may just want to steal your secret sauce. Lastly, my product is here https://www.leetcall.com. If you have friends who need a clean and affordable scheduling software, please pass the link to them. The software is free till the end of 2020.