Have you ever considered creating an application or design a website for your startup idea, though you’re with zero knowledge of coding or programming?
The truth here is that you’re not the only one in this? Think about the founders of AirBnB who were not into programming and never had the coding experience, they were into design.
The reality here is that the firm is worth a billion dollar today. If you’re interested in building the next big app or web startup, it’s important you get to know what the journey demands from you. The truth is that no one will tell you much except when you learn through experience.
Here are some tips to guide and encourage you:
Fund raising is easier than you thought
A lot of people are worried about getting funds for their startups. The reality is that it can be done: you can raise your capital and venture into your startup.
One of the best ways to get started, especially when you’re having financial issues is to to develop your product as a side project, while you’re still in a job where you get paid. When you are beginning your project, try to focus on the best ways to satisfy your customers and gradually invest in your product as a side project while you continue with your paid job. This helps you to visualize, focus and raise fund for your startup.
Outsource and build the product in-house
You may be faced with the challenge of deciding whether to outsource the process or hire a developer to get it done for you in-house. I suggest you:
- outsource the first version of the product,
- and immediately you have the market and the product to market and the idea is stable,
- you can go ahead and hire a developer to maintain the idea in-house.
Definitely, hiring a developer may be very expensive these days, not minding the benefits of hiring developer which tends to allow you to continue capitalize on the products as you keep building and shipping. Considering the cost of hiring a developer, there is a model that is yet to be explored that much by entrepreneurs.
The model is like a hybrid: it works this way-you hire a developer on contract from your outsourced partner whom you manage directly. This model makes it possible for you not to worry yourself over the employment details surrounding those developers’ employment and benefits.
Also, this method helps you to enjoy the benefit of hiring a developer or team (onsite or offshore) to work the same hours which you would have agreed to pay monthly salary. You will only get to pay the company for the number of resources, and you end up having your product built and designed your way. This means, you save cash.
Google search is really not the best place to search for a tech partner
The question is where do you find such companies to outsource the entire projects to or hire developers through them?
Most times, tech startup individuals usually search for such companies or partnership using the Google search. The truth is that such method is not really nice.
The reason behind this claim is that most times,
companies that appear on the first page of the Google search engine are not necessarily the best companies in that niche, they are simply good in SEO.
Most times, the very best companies that would have offered you such excellent services remain hidden on Google searches.
- You can locate such companies through references. I prefer reference sources because that deals with experience.
- You can also find them through thought leadership articles written and published by someone who works for the company.
It will be nice if you get to know a bit of coding too
It’s really not healthy when you don’t have any knowledge of coding yourself. These days, there are websites that offer such lessons free online.
It’s better you get to learn about coding, the basic knowledge in coding will help you whenever you’re discussing the business, especially during the initial stage.
For instance, if you’re building a mobile application, may be for iOS, you can simply find online courses on Udemy that will teach you the basic things you need to know.
This can even help you add and paint your idea better to the developer. If you’re about building a website, there are online websites that can teach you basic programming languages. It pays to learn a bit of coding yourself.
Eventually you have to hire in-house
Once you have discovered the market and you have the product, it pays to build a team in-house to continue with the product in order to meet the demands from the market.