Most developers will be brimming with ideas, some of which end up as side-projects. But what happens when you decide to turn one of these side-projects into an actual business? A product that you charge people money to use and that you hope will one day become your full-time gig?
What follows is a cautionary tale, warts and all, from someone who has been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Hear from a fellow developer: what it’s like to build and launch a product in your spare time; how your developer brain can actually work against you; why your idea might be doomed from the start; and ultimately, how to make the right choices to maximise the chance your bootstrapped startup will be a success.
Tekin Suleyman is both a part-time Ruby and Rails freelancer and founder of crowd.fm, a web app for event promoters. He is also a founder and organiser of the Bootstrap Business Club, an informal group of local techies, geeks and entrepreneurs who meet monthly to discuss all things related to setting up and running self-funded startups.