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7 mistakes I've learned working for clients for 7 years

Questions Miner update by Avatar Ivan Homola in General

I was doing custom software development for 7 years. I started as a freelancer. I was coding website front-end, creating the design, and running marketing campaigns occasionally. Later, I founded a dev agency with 9 people in our team.

I decided to sum up and share 7 mistakes many of my clients were doing building their products πŸ‘‡


#1 They don’t validate the idea πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

❌ They have a project idea that they think is unique and it will make a fortune for them. They are afraid to share it with anybody.

βœ… Talk to people. Share the project ideas with as many people as you can and ask for feedback.


#2 They skip a minimum viable product πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

❌ They don’t think about some basic version where they can test their assumptions and onboard first customers.

βœ… Start with a small product or feature. Build a product around it later on.


#3 They focus too much on details early on πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

❌ They want to have a beautiful logo, a nice user interface, rocket speed website loading, pixel-perfect web design...

βœ… Don’t waste time playing with the product and ship it as soon as possible.


#4 They don’t plan a budget for future development πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

❌ They are paying to get a final product. But software development is not like making bread. Your product will never be final.

βœ… Plan your product development. Iterate. Bring new features in cycles.


#5 They don’t have a business plan πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

❌ They trust their gut and invest money into it without a business plan or cash flow.

βœ… Create a simple business plan, calculate your expenses, and expected revenue.


#6 They don’t listen πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

❌ They just ignore feedback and inputs from the outside of their bubble. They are living a dream, loving their own product.

βœ… Listen to your customers, be open to feedback, and don’t be afraid to pivot.


#7 They expect to get rich immediately πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

❌ They believe their idea is worth a million and forget about the execution.

βœ… Be patient. Success doesn’t come overnight. Persistence is the key.


(Btw you can read my full blog post here)


How is your experience working for clients? Please, let me know πŸ˜‰