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(03-24-2018 10:57 AM)Truth Tiger Wrote:  For instance, I use Waze when road tripping. The highway / traffic alerts / road closures and user updates are very useful to me. It's also free. I believe there's a ride sharing function available too. How would you see drawing drivers away from something like that to your concept? It's certainly possible, but it seems to be an all-or-nothing user case since it appears you can only use one nav app at a time.

i did alot of research on the topic and the only apps that are my competition are VERY SMALL or only cover one part of what Im planning on covering.


But Suits you're right....I know its just an idea but i'll rather do SOMETHING rather than wait to learn to code and stuff. Im a broke college student also so its hard for me to hire others at the moment.


what do you suggest i do?

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TL;dr at the bottom

Being an entrepreneur turned self-employed business owner for 15 years and having met / worked with many entrepreneurs / founders, I'd say there are some very important steps you can take to maximize your time and money. You're young, which is an advantage, but it also sounds like you're impatient which can be a disadvantage depending on how you utilize the energy behind your impatient and desire to do SOMETHING.

Making things go boom is doing SOMETHING, but usually not something constructive.

I think the most valuable step you can take is to do some personal development and self-assessment to understand your personality. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Play to your strengths, but don't ignore your weaknesses as those areas can and will bite you in the ass sooner than later. The best SOMETHING you can do is to look into the mirror and understand yourself. Are you REALLY cut out to build your own business? Very few people are. The ones that don't drive themselves crazy and end up in the poor house have tremendous resiliency. That doesn't come from school, or YT vids, or books, or talking with friends.

You learn customer service and connecting with people through doing customer service jobs.

You learn product development and the product life cycle by being involved in new product introduction, design, manufacturing, the engineering change process, beta testing, customer feedback, and going back through that cycle.

The number of people who want to develop an app or some product that's the Next Big Thing™ is endless. But many don't have the emotional and mental fortitude to build a solid foundation and good habits before trying to bring new life into the world - and by new life in this context, I mean to give birth to your idea and seeing it grow in the world. You become a parent to whatever idea you create and it's a big responsibility. It can be really joyful and fulfilling, but don't kid yourself that this isn't serious. In some ways, it's harder than being parent to a physical child because when your kid's asleep you can rest but often as an entrepreneur, when the world is asleep your ideas are still going and the demands of a business are endless.

Suits is correct, patent protection for a novel idea is very important. You can file provisional patents that aren't uber expensive but you'd really want to consult a lawyer before trying to DIY. Most tech companies live or die on their IP (and even more importantly, their ability to DEFEND their IP). Otherwise, as was pointed out, what's to prevent another company from taking your idea and running with it?

What helped me tremendously was finding a mentor. In fact, you might have mentors for different aspects of your life and business - I certainly have. Look into the historical relationship between master and apprentice; it still works today. Ways to find a mentor are infinite: networking via Meetup.com, LinkedIn, looking at local businesses, making contacts through your professors / parents / friends, random conversations with people at restaurants/bars/etc. Even members of your family and social network that have been in business and can add pieces to the puzzle of your understanding of the road you're embarking on.

You'll want to demonstrate an abilty to STFU and listen, a willingness to assist them if they need help (sometimes without pay), to earn access to their knowledge and experience. Appreciate your role as an apprentice and understand what that means. No one OWES you success, or their knowledge. What are YOU doing to give back for what you're receiving? How are YOU showing gratitude to people willing to help you become successful? What does GRATITUDE actually mean to you? One day you may be in a position to answer the very questions you're now asking. Think about that.

How are your sales skills? Are you comfortable engaging with people, making them laugh, listening to them and getting them to listen to you (without forcing a topic on them)? Can you tell when people are tuning out, or when they're hooked and want to know more? Can you 'game' people about your ideas like you would to deepen a girl's interest in you?

What hats do you plan to wear in your business, assuming you want to be the CEO / Founder and not a partner? 'The E-Myth' (Entrepreneur Myth) points out that a founder has 3 aspects in various levels of strength:

The Manager
The Technician
The Entrepreneur

Each are crucial to a business's success and it's vitally important to understand how much of each vital aspect you're naturally able to manifest. I orient more toward the latter two, and had to learn (the hard way) how to manage people and by extension manage my time, my energy, my money.

I was much more the starry-eyed dreamer in the early days of my business and I didn't know how to focus on what would really grow my sales, my reach, my audience. I made great products but didn't know how to get them into more people's hands. So until I was honest and able to self-assess (and have others point out my failings) I wasn't able to truly move my vision and business forward. My personal life also suffered - I don't see someone being a success in business if they haven't learned to manage their own life outside the business. They can often run into each other and the way an outsider sees your business can easily reflect the quality of your life.

Look at any business we see in the news to see the truth of that. Business is an extension of the founder's personality, that of the leadership team as the company grows. Honest inner self-assessment, even talking with a school counselor, or finding your local entrepreneur group in your city (most big cities have support groups) are all good starts.

This probably sounds un-fun, maybe partly woo-woo, and like work you either think you've already done, or don't have to do. I don't know, but let's see how you respond. If I knew at 22 what I know now 20 years later, I'd easily have a multi-million dollar company, maybe a few - one I'd have sold and another I'd be managing part-time while traveling the world expanding my business opportunities. I love what I know and am creating in the world, but it's been a hard road because a) I resisted discipline for a long time and still somewhat do and b) I didn't pay close enough attention to good advice. I didn't understand my strengths and weaknesses well enough to create a solid foundation early enough. It's okay, good things are happening, but I've missed out on years of potential financial growth. But I'm a lot better-rounded as a person than I was in my 20s or 30s.

If you're not meditating 20 min a day, and not walking 30 min a day, you're short changing your mind, body, and soul. Meditation helps you understand how you think, examine thoughts, emotions, motivations, and also get in touch with you eternal Self - your soul. When you walk, your synchronizing mind and body - it's not about working out, it's about letting your creative energy move through you in a rhythmic way that only walking can do. The exercise aspect is important, but walking is symbolic too. You're moving forward into the world while bringing your ideas with you - literally.

When you are making a product or service you're asking someone to trust that your motivations include taking care of their needs, even if they don't know WHAT they need - but you have a vision and you see an opportunity. When you look at someone and beyond seeing your next sale, you see a living miracle of a human being, you are honoring their essence which is the same as your essence. You create a bond that will carry you through hard times. You will create an initial group of early-adopters who will have your back. WHEN (not if) you screw up, they will stick with you. They will champion you through speed bumps. They will offer you money, and advice, and jokes, and maybe a couch to crash on or a room to rent. The human connections you make through following through on your passionate vision are the most important aspect of business. Business isn't about ideas, or dollars, it's about heart. An idea that benefits people, makes their lives better / happier / easier will bring money.

TL;dr

Understand your inner world, develop good lifestyle habits, be honest about your strengths and weaknesses as entrepreneur / manager / technician, connect with mentors, continue saving money as you can, and be honestly interested in people. Do all this and keep sketching, drawing, imagining, white boarding, sharing your vision.

Aaron Clarey / Captain Capitalism has a YT channel that's worth checking out re: entrepreneurs. He also offers Asshole Consulting and will tell you the straight shit. If you haven't already emailed / worked with him, you need to. Ignore everything I said if you wish, but he's been on the fat end of the big desk when people ask for money to start or fund their business. He's heard and seen all kinds of ideas, schemes and cuts through the bullshit. Like I said, I tend to be more on the idealist side, but I also love people more than Clarey seems to.

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that was the best bit of information i've read in a LONG LONG time. Most of the things you said are things i've already incorporated in my life, however, the way you explained them were more uplifting.

My sales skills are ok still needs a lot of improvement, I'm also decent at gaming people and I've been told multiple times I had a cult leader personality (which i took as an insult). I am very impatient but its mainly due to the fact i think this idea is great and i want to get it out there before somebody else.

Thanks again for the information, im going to do a very detailed self-assessment and later schedule my day to incorporate the other things you said.


I was wondering if doing a survey and getting the names (emails also if they're willing) of people who would use my app be efficient or a waste of time.


My biggest weakness has got to be my grammar and word choice. I'm working on it but it's a slow slow process.

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(03-24-2018 12:25 PM)Keepiticy2 Wrote:  
(03-24-2018 10:57 AM)Truth Tiger Wrote:  For instance, I use Waze when road tripping. The highway / traffic alerts / road closures and user updates are very useful to me. It's also free. I believe there's a ride sharing function available too. How would you see drawing drivers away from something like that to your concept? It's certainly possible, but it seems to be an all-or-nothing user case since it appears you can only use one nav app at a time.

i did alot of research on the topic and the only apps that are my competition are VERY SMALL or only cover one part of what Im planning on covering.


But Suits you're right....I know its just an idea but i'll rather do SOMETHING rather than wait to learn to code and stuff. Im a broke college student also so its hard for me to hire others at the moment.


what do you suggest i do?

Your college should have a computer science department, right? Start making some friends in those departments and see where it goes. Most programmers I've worked with are not creative enough to figure out what to build. They would gladly partner up with someone who had an idea and knew how to market it.
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(03-23-2018 07:38 AM)Keepiticy2 Wrote:  As much as I want to fund it myself, the price to develope an app st this scale is around 100-150K (all the companies I’ve talked to) not to mention my marketing strategy, time in which I want to launch, legal stuff etc etc. and learning how to code something as complex as this would take forever

$150k is nothing. Venture firms will usually go for a 500k minimum investment, but usually start at $1mm.

Find an angel investor and pitch the idea to him. Pitch it in a way that shows how the product adds value, a monetization strategy, and a clear exit strategy so he can make money. Mention what you will do with his money.

Never say "this is an xx billion dollar market. if we only take x% of it..." in your pitch. That shows investors that you have no value to add.

The point, you're going to need some good sales skills (and team building skills) because that's your job as the "founder" of a "startup" that takes investor money.

I'll add that most investors are going to want more than an idea, unless you have lots of industry experience* or a track record of starting successful businesses.

*YOU personally don't need the industry experience.

If you were starting a service for airlines, then you could call up airline executives and pitch the idea to them. If one of them likes it, then you're set. Now you have an industry expert vouching your idea.

Imagine what an investor would think when the CEO of a regional airline vouches for your idea during the pitch!
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2018 is definitely turning out more interestingly than I predicted.

My original plan was to finish up my first product during the Chinese New Year break and start attempting to sell it during the spring. The initial release was to have a year's worth of classroom material. I found it incredibly easy to get my foot in the door with potential clients (schools). The biggest issue, however, was not that I wanted too much money (they thought my pricing was low) or that my product didn't have merit (it clearly does, based on the reactions I received), but rather that every school manager/owner I talked to wanted to buy 4 years of material minimum. The reason was that they wanted something that could serve as the basis of a multiyear system so that they could drop students of different ages and levels in at different stages in the curriculum program.

I've done some research and learned that the preferred business model of language schools in Beijing is to be able to do marketing with brochures that show a series of distinct levels. Telling the parent's of potential students that everyone under 8 needs to start from the beginning (even though they almost always do), is not a sales strategy that they are comfortable with, and with good reason.

My product, as it currently exists, however, bought me a ton of credibility and got me more consulting work than I could possibly handle. In fact, I could quit teaching right now and do that full-time if I wanted. I haven't done that, because I believe that my existing students deserve at least three months warning that I won't be able to teach them anymore, but it was very eye opening to see how in demand my curriculum development/teacher training/marketing insights were worth to some new clients.

So, my plan is to take advantage of the new work to get ahead financially this spring and that money to reduce my hours over the summer to work fulltime on the development of another 3 years of curriculum product so that I have a product that will sell as a finished product. I already have a very good idea of what will and will not work in the classroom, so less product testing will be needed going forward, so I will be able to motor through a bunch of new units pretty fast at this point.

(03-24-2018 11:39 PM)MMX2010 Wrote:  And a better thread title is Genghis Khan is living in a male paradise, but he makes himself miserable through resentment, aided by Suits and Leonard Neubache.

Leonard Neubache Wrote:Isn't it interesting that MMX has gone to the trouble of replying to every single post EXCEPT the one where Suits asked him to list his own credentials.

But keep posting laugh gifs and telling us all how much you're howling or pealing or whatever.
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(03-27-2018 04:04 AM)Suits Wrote:  2018 is definitely turning out more interestingly than I predicted.

My original plan was to finish up my first product during the Chinese New Year break and start attempting to sell it during the spring. The initial release was to have a year's worth of classroom material. I found it incredibly easy to get my foot in the door with potential clients (schools). The biggest issue, however, was not that I wanted too much money (they thought my pricing was low) or that my product didn't have merit (it clearly does, based on the reactions I received), but rather that every school manager/owner I talked to wanted to buy 4 years of material minimum. The reason was that they wanted something that could serve as the basis of a multiyear system so that they could drop students of different ages and levels in at different stages in the curriculum program.

I've done some research and learned that the preferred business model of language schools in Beijing is to be able to do marketing with brochures that show a series of distinct levels. Telling the parent's of potential students that everyone under 8 needs to start from the beginning (even though they almost always do), is not a sales strategy that they are comfortable with, and with good reason.

My product, as it currently exists, however, bought me a ton of credibility and got me more consulting work than I could possibly handle. In fact, I could quit teaching right now and do that full-time if I wanted. I haven't done that, because I believe that my existing students deserve at least three months warning that I won't be able to teach them anymore, but it was very eye opening to see how in demand my curriculum development/teacher training/marketing insights were worth to some new clients.

So, my plan is to take advantage of the new work to get ahead financially this spring and that money to reduce my hours over the summer to work fulltime on the development of another 3 years of curriculum product so that I have a product that will sell as a finished product. I already have a very good idea of what will and will not work in the classroom, so less product testing will be needed going forward, so I will be able to motor through a bunch of new units pretty fast at this point.

Good stuff @Suits. Your posts on this thread show a great work ethic and that sometimes difficult ability to keep going forward when faced with the next level.

Keep it it man.
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I've made a decision. As of December 2018, I'll be leaving Beijing (at least temporarily) to live somewhere else for a while and focus exclusively on new income streams. I've made a lot of decisions already to move myself closer to being able to pursue this, but haven't until recently felt entirely free to commit to an entire new course of action.

Product development is a long process. My larger goal is to have a strong catalogue of products, with a company built around them, but I've come to realize that earning enough money to live in Beijing and having time and cash free to develop products are a challenging combination. As such, I need to realign my life with my goals and freeing myself to live somewhere other than one of the most expensive cities in the world is step one.

Of course, I have more student debt than savings, so I do need to continue generating an income, so what I'm committing to do, is earn an income from sources compatible with living somewhere cheaper and specifically sources that are not just inside of one city.

To sum it up simply, I'll be focusing on the consulting side of the business equation, rather than the product side initially. I can't post them here, but I've identified a good number of services that I am prepared and qualified to offer clients in my industry. These are services that would be booked in advance and be custom enough that no one would expect me to be able to immediately deliver the service, so I can test the waters on by advertising widely over the summer and fall seasons. This way, I'll ideally already have clients lined up and have money coming in by December, not to mention, having a strong sense of what level of demand there is for each of my offerings.

My housing lease is until December and that's also when weather starts to really suck in Beijing, so that's why I've made the decision to make the official move at that point. There's also the option to go see family over the Christmas season (not my preferred choice, but a possibility) and get a running start by not having to pay rent for about the first month (as I'd be staying with a series of family members who would be more than happy to shelter and feed me, although some of the food might include disgusting fried onions).

First task at hand is to get a website up advertising the services I intend to offer. I'll then spend six months promoting the website and my service offerings. I also hope to finish a few of my nearly finished products before December so that I also have that as one revenue source as well.

(03-24-2018 11:39 PM)MMX2010 Wrote:  And a better thread title is Genghis Khan is living in a male paradise, but he makes himself miserable through resentment, aided by Suits and Leonard Neubache.

Leonard Neubache Wrote:Isn't it interesting that MMX has gone to the trouble of replying to every single post EXCEPT the one where Suits asked him to list his own credentials.

But keep posting laugh gifs and telling us all how much you're howling or pealing or whatever.
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So I wanted to share some good news.

My plate is full and money is flowing into my bank account. It was only 2 months ago when I was fretting about not getting any work, and then suddenly, the floodgates opened.

It’s funny how random this is. But looking back, it’s not so random. My networking and marketing activities tilled the soil from which I reap the fruits of success.

Now that I finally had a chance to come up for air, I wanted to give my update here.

Moral of the story? No matter how bleak things seem, keep going and don’t quit.

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(04-12-2018 08:37 AM)Suits Wrote:  I've made a decision. As of December 2018, I'll be leaving Beijing (at least temporarily) to live somewhere else for a while and focus exclusively on new income streams.

Be careful when moving away from regular scheduled work hours because as I and many of my close friends have found, regular scheduled work provides an all too easily missed scaffolding around which to structure your life.

Great to hear that your product was well-received by the clients. If I may, and likely you have already considered this, if it is the case that you are 120% confident you can finish the content over the summer then it may be possible to make the four-year sales immediately. This revenue may also be used to subcontract out some of the work to ensure you will finish on time. You have the year one to show and it is true that you are working on the others. Maybe you can make this sale?

(04-12-2018 08:37 AM)Suits Wrote:  First task at hand is to get a website up advertising the services I intend to offer. I'll then spend six months promoting the website and my service offerings. I also hope to finish a few of my nearly finished products before December so that I also have that as one revenue source as well.
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Is there anyone on the forum that knows how to put Dutch subtitles on a video?

Doing some marketing for something and I need that or a Dutch voice-over.

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Do you have the dutch subtitles and you just need to put them on the video

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^ Yes I can probably get the Dutch subtitles and then it.would.just be a case of putting them on the video.

Is this easy to do?
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(04-18-2018 03:57 AM)Ski pro Wrote:  Is there anyone on the forum that knows how to put Dutch subtitles on a video?

Doing some marketing for something and I need that or a Dutch voice-over.

Thanks

It is but there are different ways to go about it. If you already have the file with the subtitles, then you can download the VLC Media Player, run the video and do like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqBVBqa0qL0

You could also the video editor program Filmora and do it "manually", kinda like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6JBjTFX--g
The problem then is to find Filmora for free online, but it's usually done with a few google searches.

Or you could outsource the voice-over on Fiverr to someone.
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(12-07-2017 07:46 AM)H1N1 Wrote:  Is anyone au fait with company formation in the US? I have a few basic questions I'd be grateful to pick someone's brains on over PM. I'm looking to start a company registered in the US, I have a state in mind, but will be operating from here in the UK. My questions are quite specific, related to a particular area of trade that may require additional hoops be jumped through, so I will need someone with more experience than just having started a company once. If any one is in a position to answer a few questions/direct my research then that would be much appreciated.

Do you still need help with this? I have a little experience setting up a US based corp, one was a Florida corp done for cheap and the other was a Nevada Nominee corp for around $250. I'm also a bit familiar with the different states and what entities they offer.
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This thread has some good info and I can especially relate to what Suits is making. I too am putting together classes packaged as an info product or online course and one market segment are traditional brick-&-mortar schools.

I am currently putting together the class materials (starting from a high level structure to putting in the "meat" of the content) while at the same time doing the marketing to see what the market demand for it is.

I am planning to approach schools to see if they would be interested in integrating or promoting these classes but I'm not interested in becoming an employee, just a product provider.

I know I have to show that these classes will add to or complement their offerings and not compete with any existing classes they have. From the research I've done, there are some competitors (saw some on Udemy) however, I know the info I'm putting into these classes are unique & very effective, and will blow away these other classes from the competition.

To stay anonymous, I can't say exactly what these classes are but I think I'll be fine in saying that they're in a STEM field.

I know that I have to approach & pitch to a decision maker but I'm not sure exactly who to approach and what to say (the sales pitch). There are different titles or positions from Dean, Supervisor, Principal, Provost, Dept Chair, etc.

Should I approach the dept chair first then work my way up, or start at the top with the dean, or try to contact them all at once and see which one bites first?

Should I approach schools that don't have STEM programs or departments or ones that do? I was initially thinking that the ones that do would be more open but now I'm thinking they might just say "no thanks, we've got this covered" and the ones that don't would be more open since these classes would add to their offerings. Maybe the lower rated schools would also be more welcoming. I found a list of school rankings, where Harvard, MIT and Stanford are at the top, so perhaps I should target the ones at the bottom of the list?

Would schools even present to their students courses offered by a third party, and an online one at that? Another possible disadvantage is that I'm just sending them emails as it would just be too expensive to travel to each one and pitch them in person. I can do this but only further down the sales funnel when there's solid interest and ideally when they're ready to buy.

Any advice or suggestions are welcomed.

Thanks

AG
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(Yesterday 01:41 AM)Avant-Garde Wrote:  Any advice or suggestions are welcomed.

Are you open to connecting by Skype when I have a morning free?

(03-24-2018 11:39 PM)MMX2010 Wrote:  And a better thread title is Genghis Khan is living in a male paradise, but he makes himself miserable through resentment, aided by Suits and Leonard Neubache.

Leonard Neubache Wrote:Isn't it interesting that MMX has gone to the trouble of replying to every single post EXCEPT the one where Suits asked him to list his own credentials.

But keep posting laugh gifs and telling us all how much you're howling or pealing or whatever.
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(12-13-2017 11:07 PM)Teep Wrote:  Email just isn't an effective channel for closing out high value clients you've never met (especially when they didn't even opt in). I'd hire a skilled phone closer to followup.

This guy's gone but this is actually a pretty good idea. I'm not great at sales and make a huge profit margin since it's a digital product.
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(04-20-2018 10:33 AM)Salvadore Wrote:  
(04-18-2018 03:57 AM)Ski pro Wrote:  Is there anyone on the forum that knows how to put Dutch subtitles on a video?

Doing some marketing for something and I need that or a Dutch voice-over.

Thanks

It is but there are different ways to go about it. If you already have the file with the subtitles, then you can download the VLC Media Player, run the video and do like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqBVBqa0qL0

You could also the video editor program Filmora and do it "manually", kinda like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6JBjTFX--g
The problem then is to find Filmora for free online, but it's usually done with a few google searches.

Or you could outsource the voice-over on Fiverr to someone.

Thank you for this.
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