When I look back at what I have achieved so far I sometimes feel a certain sense of bewilderment and disbelief, I stumbled about a fair bit through the early process of getting domains, setting up websites, playing around with html and databases and had my fair share of errors and self inflicted complications taking my own websites down on more than one occasion on the way to earning a full time income online.
You see I have always been the sort to build a flat pack unit without looking at the instructions and always felt confident enough that those extras screws and bits and pieces at the end must just have been spares
It is clear now there has been a certain amount of luck involved along the way and some harsh lessons learned and I do feel in the future it is far more likely that teams of people will succeed where single men/woman will fail. Let’s take some of the main bridges to cross when starting a new venture/blog/website.
- Vision to come up with a new idea for a product or service or put a spin on an existing one and add value to a market/niche.
- Come up with a domain name, colours & branding & logo
- Ability to design the site with clear navigation and code it in such a way that it is not only attractive and easy to use but also efficient
- Code and integrate any special services and database integration
- Host the site
- Update it and safely keep backups of all files and databases
- Deal with enquiries, problems, requests and suggestions
- On page SEO and optimisation
- Off page promotion, link building and marketing
- Monetise the site
- Setup payment facilities and bank accounts if needed
- Keep records, receipts and pay tax on profits
That’s quite a few ingredients and there are probably more? Either way I don’t think that too many people can tick all those boxes themselves and for that reason many budding entrepreneurs will fail, lose heart and probably walk away from hours and hours of work at various stages without realising their full potential, sure a few of those on the list can be paid for along the way if you have the budget but that may also dilutes your control over your business to an extent and isn’t always an option if your building on a budget.
If 5 people with a wide skillset took 5 projects and focused on them one at a time then they stand a huge advantage over 5 people with limited skillsets trying to develop their own sites. So if your an ideas person then I do suggest you look for a partnership with someone who has a completely different skill, I am sure such crowds will develop more as the internet evolves. There are a lot of talented people on forums that would benefit greatly from being put together with other talented people, it’s all a bit unorganised just now but it will come.
I don’t think there is such a meeting place out there yet and building trust levels to part own websites would be a barrier even if you take care of the legalities with a contract, you could find yourself working with someone you have never met that lives in another country. Still if you had the choice between success and failure that’s an easy choice to make and one that may rely on your ability to network and find people with skills you lack.
You also need a sounding board, friends and family can be too kind in their review of your great idea and do a dis-service by being supportive if they understand what your talking about at all! Sometimes a poor idea needs to be shot down quickly, I have also on more than one occassion (often after a wee dram) convinced myself that I had just thought of the next big thing when in fact it was either already done or not done at all for a very good reason!
Don’t be fooled into thinking having a partner means 50% less money in your pocket, if you find the right partner with skills you lack there is every chance that you could end up making 100%+ more than going it alone. After Al’s post yesterday on
linkbait erm top 100 blog feed list it just goes to show 2 minds can be better than one and that programmers can be creative.. who’d have guessed it!
I’d be interested to hear if anyone came to the same conclusion or whether you intend to strive on yourself, it can be a lonely online existence at times.