Something I see most software entrepreneurs struggle with is finding the right idea. Not just any idea, but an idea that has a legitimate chance of success.
Some quick wins for March were:
- I managed to get write-ups published in Buffer, Entrepreneur, The Next Web, and Business.com
- My startup LeadFuze hit a six figure run rate by the 90 day mark
- I managed to take two vacations
Here’s a screenshot from my RescueTime dashboard:
Over the last seven years I have launched a few different startups. I came close to launching several more. I have been asked to be the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), but typically I am spearheading the startup as CEO.
If you have never started a business before, the idea of it can seem daunting. If you have started a business, you begin to notice it’s harder to stay away from new business ideas than it is starting them.
I got inspired by Nathan Barry and Amy Hoy who took part in a 24 hour product challenge. Their goal was to launch a product in 24 hours and they went to work on an eBook. Amy’s book title, “Just Fucking Ship” seemed so perfect for this challenge. Recently a fellow bootstrapper, Matt Kremer took the challenge and I just came across Josh Brown doing it as well.
A few years ago I had the idea of improving the teacher evaluation process. At the time, the best practice for schools was the old hand written evaluations that would then get stored in a file box on some shelf.
I have always been curious to see how other entrepreneurs and startup founders spend their time and what they’re working on.
I prefer the definition given by BusinessDictionary.com of bootstrapping:
Building a business out of very little or virtually nothing. Bootstrappers rely usually on personal income and savings, sweat equity, lowest possible operating costs, fast inventory turnaround, and a cash-only approach to selling.
Everything is mapped out. The content strategy and 30+ blogs have been written. Target guest blogs have already started to get posted. The marketing website is up. I have mapped out 125 different growth hacks (which I’ll be posting soon). I’ve seemingly planned everything I can.