Key Steps to Get Going
You’ve seen others build an app and make millions. You think to yourself, “why not me? I think I have a pretty creative mind. Let me come up with a million dollar idea and get this app rolling.” What majority of people forget is that it’s still a business and should be treated as such. Your product is a piece of software. Business fundamentals still play a huge part.
Begin with a unique idea for a software product.
The first step to creating a successful software business is to come up with an original idea for a product or service. This is the most important thing in your business, because if you don’t have a unique idea, then it will be difficult to get customers.
Ideas are everywhere: blogs, forums and social media sites are full of them. But don’t just go looking for ideas; make sure that what you’re going to build actually solves problems people have or makes their lives easier by improving efficiency or communication. You’ll need to take some time at this stage and really understand what these problems are so that when people ask about your product or service (which they will), they’ll know exactly why they should buy from YOU instead of someone else who has similar products/services but doesn’t offer as good value as yours does (and therefore won’t sell).
Assess your budget and funding options.
You’ll have to assess your budget and funding options.
How much money do you need to start a software based business? This will depend on the type of work you want to do, but in general, it’s best to aim for a minimum investment of $50k (or more) if possible. If you’re just starting out and don’t have any clients yet then this could be all that’s needed — but as soon as you get some traction going with them (e.g., getting paid), then ideally there needs to be enough cash flow coming into the business so that it doesn’t go broke because there isn’t enough available revenue coming in from customers/clients.
Are you going to be funding your business from your primary job? SBA Loans? Bank Loans? Crowd funding? Venture Capital? Angel Investor? Each has its pros and cons. You’ll need to sit down and understand.
Develop your business plan.
The first step to starting your own software development business is to create a business plan. A good business plan will help you to clearly define the goals and objectives of your company, as well as identify potential risks and opportunities associated with implementing those goals. A good way to write a software development business plan is by using the “SWOT analysis” method — or strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (as seen from the outside).
To build upon these concepts further:
- Strengths — highlights what makes you unique in the market place; examples include having experience building high-quality projects for clients or being able to provide excellent customer service
- Weaknesses — points out areas where competitors have an advantage over you; examples include not having enough experience building websites or not having an effective marketing strategy
- Opportunities — what external factors give your organization a competitive analysis?
- Threats — which factors can potentially harm your organization? Those need to be identified.
There are also plenty of books on constructing a business plan. One of my favorites is:
Hiring is one of the most important steps in starting a software development business. You can’t succeed without people on board, so you have to make sure that when it comes time to hire your first employees, they have the right skills and experience for their jobs.
Hiring good talent is something every entrepreneur struggles with at some point in their career, even if they plan ahead for it by hiring multiple candidates before selecting one candidate who seems like a good fit for the role (and isn’t just applying because they got lucky).
It’s important not only because hiring someone means giving up some control over how things work at work, but also because having someone do specific tasks will help keep costs down by eliminating overhead costs associated with having someone do nothing but sit around waiting around all day long.
Secure contractors, if necessary.
If you’re going to hire contractors, the first thing to do is define your requirements. What are the key tasks that need to be completed? How much time will each take, and how many people will complete them on average? Will there be any special requirements for this project that need to be addressed (e.g., a deadline)? Once you have an idea of what needs doing, it’s time for some research.
The best way to find contractors is through word of mouth or LinkedIn groups. Also keep an eye out on forums like Stack Overflow and Reddit where developers hang out; they might know someone who could help with your project.
Once you’ve found potential candidates, it’s important not just get them onto the project right away but also manage their performance so that they meet expectations throughout development phases — and don’t burn out before reaching completion dates.
Design and develop your software product.
Design is a critical part of the software development process. It’s not just about the look and feel of your product, but also about how it works. Designing an app can be an iterative process where you start with an idea, test it out on users and then make changes based on feedback. This is important because no two companies will approach design in exactly the same way; some might focus more on user experience while others may be more concerned with technical aspects such as performance or security measures.
Designing software products involves many different skillsets within one team: graphic designers who create images for screens; UI/UX designers who plan out interactions between users and screens; engineers who build code behind those screens; QA testers who check that everything works as expected once deployed into production environments (such as cloud services).
Create marketing materials to promote your business.
Once you’ve got your business up and running, it’s time to start promoting. Here are some ways that you can do this:
- Social media marketing is a great way to get the word out about your product or service and build a community of users who trust and appreciate what you’re offering. This can be done in different ways: by creating Twitter accounts, LinkedIn groups and more; posting on popular websites; creating YouTube videos; writing blog posts; building landing pages that explain more about why they should use the product/service they’re selling; etc..
- Email Marketing — Sending emails regularly with promotional content is an easy way for new customers or current ones who haven’t bought anything yet but might want one day could be tempted into buying something else sooner than later if there was something interesting going on within their inbox every week/month etc…
Build a website for your business.
The first step to starting a software development business is to build a website. A good website will help you create an online presence for your company, but it also gives people who are looking for services like yours a way to find you.
The best way to build this site is with WordPress, which has been around since 2000 and remains one of the most popular content management systems in use today. If you don’t know how easy it is to install or manage WordPress sites on your own computer or server (or if there isn’t enough time), invest in hiring someone else who does.
Building a software development business can be complex.
Software development is a complex field. It’s an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs with the right ideas and an understanding of the industry.
Software development is a growing field, and it can be lucrative if you have the right skillset. But it’s also challenging because there are so many different types of projects out there that require a variety of skill sets from team members — and sometimes those skillsets don’t always match up well together.