I was recently contacted by an old friend who wanted to work together to create a web app with advertising revenue. My thoughts on this were varied.
Pro: Plenty of people make good side money on creating a useful little web app and slapping some advertising on it.
Con: I just came off an experience where my primary problem was driving traffic to a tool that ended up not being as useful as I thought.
But! My previous project didn’t encourage repeat use and sharing. This product could be designed to encourage sharing and repeat use.
I decided to pursue this in addition to my long-term goal of selling custom software solutions to businesses in need.
2 Lessons Learned that Bear Repeating
1) Customers THEN products. In that order.
2) Speed is king. If I’m going to fail, I’m going to fail FAST.
I will keep those at the forefront of every decision and action.