To get to this stage was not an easy process but I am over the moon to have got my first paying customer! Thankfully my rookie mistake of having the test stripe key rolled out to production didn't scare them off. Doh!!! Quickly resolved and verification from stripe came through. Phew.
It is amazing what a boost to moral getting this first customer has been. I launched about 5 or 6 weeks ago after about 5 months of development - early mornings, weekends and evenings. So, this very small win makes it feel worthwhile.
If I can give you some advice for those working for their first customer, don’t loose heart. Stay focused and give it time. Things don't usually happen overnight.
Phew! After lots of early mornings, evenings and weekends fitted in around my family and full time dev job, I'm happy to be a week ahead of schedule in releasing https://docamatic.com. It's taken 4 and a half months of hard slogging so it feels pretty amazing to have got this far.
Onwards to phase 2...and arguablly the most challenging part. Getting some customers :)
Big thanks to IH podcasts for inspiring me to build something and fellow IH for all the great advice.