How to Use Online Forums To Find a Business Idea

A week ago, I abandoned the Giant DIY Kits idea.

The validation numbers weren’t great, my heart wasn’t in it, and my wife was not excited about it.

For that idea, I brainstormed a product idea then tried to find an audience willing to buy it. The audience was parents of kids 3-12 and they rejected it.

Now I’m taking the reverse approach.

Choose an audience first

I’m choosing an audience and trying to find a product that solves their problems. The audience I’ve chosen is people trying to lose weight. Here’s my rationale:

I know people spend money trying to lose weight. $60/mo for Weight Watchers, $100/mo gym memberships, $200/mo meal replacements, $300/mo personal trainers, $15,000 surgeries.

People wanting to lose weight isn’t a recent trend, it’s an evergreen niche.

I can identify with people trying to lose weight. I keep up to date on the latest diets & fads. I have tried many diets myself (Keto, Paleo, Intermittent Fasting, calorie counting, etc). I’ve done several fitness programs (Crossfit, 4 Hour Body, yoga, etc).

My wife is intrigued. She offers input and likes the problem-solving focus.

I want this to be an online business and it’s easy to find people online who are trying to lose weight.

Large audience, lots of problems, lots of money spent. It seems like a place where, if I deliver a truly great solution to a problem, I’ll make money as a natural result of the value added. I like that. Again, the goal is to solve a problem and make money as a result.

Immerse yourself in the audience

Since choosing the audience, I’ve immersed myself in an online forum trying to learn more about people who are trying to lose weight.

To find a good forum, I Googled “weight loss forum” and clicked a few links until I found one that had lots of active participants.

From there, I started reading forum posts and took note of the following:

Who are they? Sex, age, location, job, mindset, life stage, etc? Any trends?
What pains & fears do they suffer as a result of their weight?
What are their goals?
What obstacles prevent them from reaching their weight loss goals?

I shouldn’t downplay this research step, it’s time consuming. I’ve probably spent 20 hours reading and taking notes so far. I even hired a virtual assistant on Upwork to help me copy/paste posts into a spreadsheet so could I sort through them faster.

Doing this research has made me realize that “people trying to lose weight” covers a vast spectrum. Probably too vast. I need to hone in.

Narrow down to a niche

I’m currently trying to figure out which niche I want to focus on. I don’t have it figured out yet, but here’s what I’m considering:

Who can I reach most easily online?
Who needs the most help?
Who do I want to help the most?
Who will accept my help?
Who is overlooked / underserved?

My mind is swirling with a mixture of insights, demographics, pains, goals etc. I have spreadsheets, Google docs, and sheets of paper covered in notes. Research is messy & weight loss is complicated.

I guess I’ll share this in advance, even though it’s not 100% yet.

I think I’m going to focus on women who want to lose weight. At first, I thought it would be men, because I’m a man and thought that’d be a more natural fit.

But, women are more active in the weight loss forum I’m participating in. They share their pains, fears, and goals related to weight loss. Their posts are more heartfelt. Almost all my research time has been spent on reading posts by women. This makes it easy for me to empathize with them and want to help.

Men are less active in the forum (representing less than 10% of the commenters in the forum), and less open about their weight loss problems.

Of course, each person is different and some men are very open, but I think I’ll start by focusing on women and see where that leads.

What’s next?

I need to narrow down my niche beyond just “women who want to lose weight” and decide which age, mindset, and life stage I’ll focus on.

I also need to start doing 1:1 interviews with women who want to lose weight. Much can be learned from reading forums, but I need to have some actual conversations to make sure I have a real understanding of the issues and as well as real personal connections with my potential audience. The conversations will probably take place via Skype or Google Hangouts and potentially some in person too.

The goal is 100 interviews.

It’s a daunting step because it requires cold messaging women online to talk about weight loss. I’m not sure what their initial incentive will be to chat with me, beyond just having someone to share their problems with or vent to. I’ll have to resolve that.

In between interviews, I need to be thinking about what kinds of products / services / solutions I might be able to offer my audience.

I’ll follow up with my progress next week.

-Ryan

When To Kill Your Business Idea

Now I remember why validating a business is difficult. Because it’s the first taste of reality slapping you in the face.

Picking the idea is like walking on air; validating it is like trudging through mud.

By the numbers

99 survey responses received. My validation price was set at $25 based on some rough unit cost estimates:

Product  – $10
Shipping – $6
Random – $3
Payment processing – $1

Total cost per unit – $20
Minimum desired profit per unit – $5
Minimum product cost – $25

Long term costs would decrease (and profits increase) with scale, but I prefer to plan conservatively.

Ultimately, 18 of the 99 survey respondents gave me their contact info and said they’d pay atleast $25 to pre-order a Giant DIY Kit — roughly a 20% claimed conversion rate. That seemed pretty good.

The problem was that there was no consensus on which kits people wanted. Some wanted Giant Bath Bombs, others wanted Giant Slime Balls, and still others wanted Giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Giant Ice Cream Cookies.

I was targeting at least 10 pre-orders for a single-item before moving forward with a first run. But no single DIY Kit received more than 8 votes amongst pre-orderers. That’s a red flag. Especially because it was unlikely all 8 pre-orderers would pay.

Qualitative findings

In some ways, the qualitative responses were more influential than the numbers.

Parents preferred non-edible kits, like Giant Paper Airplanes, because those are less messy / sugar-y and offer learning value. That eliminated the cool factor for me as I had been envisioning parents and kids making these Giant Gelatin Coke Bottles in their kitchen and taking hilarious photos with them.

I saw this as something you’d do on a rainy day and then throw away after you take the pics. Some parents hated that these DIY Kits wouldn’t have lasting value.

Adults without kids liked the novelty more than parents and could see themselves posting photos of their Giant DIY Kits on Instagram, but they were less willing to prepay.

Altogether, only a couple people seemed super excited about the Giant DIY Kits. Like they HAD to have it. This was concerning as you need some raving fans in the early going to give you momentum and motivation.

The best thing that happened

There was a fear in the back of my mind that if I didn’t act on this, someone else would. I’m no longer worried about that. There’s no emotional attachment or fantasy left. Data is comforting.

That’s well worth the many hours spent on the validation.

Summary

I’m killing the Giant DIY Kits idea for three reasons:

1 – Then survey numbers were just OK, not great.
2 – My passion for the idea started to wane once I read the survey responses and found that parents did not like the edible versions of the Giant DIY Kits.
3 – My wife wasn’t too excited about this idea.

What’s next?

Tuck my tail, admit defeat, and pick a new idea to validate. Vetting the Giant DIY Kits idea reaffirmed the importance of validation for me. It’s also strengthened my drive to solve a painful problem for a specific target audience.

The questions now are: which problem to solve? and for which audience?

Please add your suggestions in the blog comments.

How To Validate Your Business Idea

Since deciding to pursue the Giant DIY Kits, I’ve been working on validating the idea. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “validation,” it means getting proof that people like the idea and are willing to pay.

I’m also trying to get my wife excited about this idea. This instantly becomes a much more enjoyable project if she’s pumped about it.

I think getting your spouse excited about your business is a good hack for improving the chances you’ll succeed.

Unfortunately, my wife is lukewarm towards the Giant DIY Kits idea. She supports me, but prefers ideas where I’m teaching things I’ve had success with in the past. Her opinion weighs heavily, but it hasn’t changed my desire to push forth with this validation.

I still want to see if there’s a chance this can work.

A short week for Thanksgiving and lots of pie eating kept validation unfinished, but here’s the progress made so far…

1 – Created a demand survey

I created a survey where people could share their thoughts on the idea and tell me whether or not they’d buy.

I used Google Forms to build the survey because it’s intuitive, online, and free. You also get the survey responses back in spreadsheet & chart formats so it’s easy to make decisions from the data.

I thought it was important to show example pictures in the survey so people could see exactly what I was offering. Many people have asked about my regrets with SumoJerky and how that might impact this project. Neglecting the visual side of the business is definitely a regret. It’s better to show people what they’ll get versus telling them.

My goal for the survey is to get a hundred responses and find at least 10 people willing to pre-order. I kinda pulled those numbers out of thin air, but essentially that’s the amount of data I think I need to feel comfortable with moving forward with the idea. You could get by with less data or get more data depending on your risk tolerance. When I had a real job at Nielsen, we used to interview up to 300 people for $50,000 market research studies about new ideas for products. 300 responses is probably the upper maximum of what you need.

Five questions are asked in my survey:

  • Would you buy this?
  • How much would you pay?
  • Would you pre-order for a discount?
  • What feedback do you have for me?
  • What’s your email?

Here is a link to the actual survey. Please add your answers for me (even if you’re not a parent) and then feel free to copy & edit this survey to validate your business.

I wanted to make sure my survey was very direct and asked people to buy. I did not want to beat around the bush and get fooled by people saying they love the idea only to find out later they wouldn’t be willing to pay for it.

I think a lot of entrepreneurs trick themselves by asking people fluffy questions like “do you like this” instead of getting to the point and asking “would you buy this.”

I’ll follow up with the survey results next week.

2 – Personally emailed some parents I know

My goal here is to focus on the intended target audience. I think the Giant DIY Kits would be fun for parents to do with kids so I emailed some parents.

So far I have contacted 6 parents and all of them have taken the survey. I’m realizing now that I should follow up with these parents after they finish the survey and ask them if they know other parents. This should help me get more survey responses.

3 – Asked my family for some referrals

I emailed my mom, dad, and sister to see if they knew any parents who might answer my survey questions. They were kind enough to pass my survey along and that’s netted me additional responses.

4 – Direct messaged parents on Reddit

My personal network isn’t large enough to yield survey responses from 100 parents so I’ll need to reach some randoms. To do so, I’m using Reddit.

Reddit is a site with lots of different forums, called “subreddits”, where people can share & discuss things.

I searched the phrases “ask parents,” “parenting,” and “crafts” on Reddit to find subreddits where parents were already having discussions. From there, I went into each subreddit and direct messaged parents whom I found giving advice. My hypothesis was that since these parents already liked sharing their thoughts in these forums, they might be willing to share their thoughts in my survey.

I wasn’t sure if this method would work at all, but then I got a message back from Reddit user “Ashley777” that said “sure.” Her response gave me confidence to continue, so sent I sent the survey to more parents on Reddit. So far I’ve had about 10 Redditors take my survey and almost every person I’ve asked has agreed to take the survey.

This has been a free and fairly efficient means of gathering responses so I plan to continue it.

5 – Posted my survey on Facebook and Twitter

I posted a link to my survey on my Facebook timeline and Twitter feed. I never post on Facebook and rarely post on Twitter, but this is one of those things I felt like I had to do. Ultimately, I kept the post simple:

Trying to create a business from scratch. Is this idea dumb: https://goo.gl/forms/KDfxJPpR8lQawrwk1 …

I’m not sure if this generates many survey responses because my posts don’t seem to get much organic reach. If you are active on social media and typically get lots of comments & likes, this method should work better for you.

6 – Emailed my SumoJerky email list

I was getting a little impatient, so I emailed my survey to non-buyers on the SumoJerky list. This got me several responses, but not every response was from a parent.

Had I more patience, I would have continued exclusively with steps 2-5 and accepted a longer timeline to hitting my quota.

What’s next?

I’m still about 20 survey responses short of the 100 responses I’m seeking. I need to continue sending out survey invites and asking respondents for referrals.

Going through this process has reminded me that’s there’s often a large gap between what one should do and what one actually does.

There are days where I constantly refresh the survey results page to see if anyone has replied and whether or not they like the idea.

It’s quite addicting. A little dopamine rush when someone likes it and a little deflation when someone doesn’t. It’s a waste of time and energy.

I should be ignoring the results and focusing on getting more responses until I hit my quota. Once I hit the quota, I need to ask people who said they’d pre-order to actually send me the money. Yikes!

My wife’s indifference to the Giant DIY Kits and my own reservations about the idea have me wavering a little. We’ll see if the survey results are good enough to convince me to press forward.

Do you think this Giant DIY Kits idea will validate? Why or why not?

Please leave your prediction in the comments below. I’ll share the survey results next week.

Cheers,

Ryan

 

When To Pursue Your Business Idea

I’ve been collecting ideas for two weeks now.

My most productive brainstorming has been to think about my own problems and how to solve them. You can see my ideas right here. Please steal liberally.

All my current ideas have some sort of imperfection:

– Too much competition
– Too small of a niche
– Too long to get to profit
– Too controversial
– Too boring
– Too complicated
– People in the niche don’t spend $
– Etc

Many of my ideas have MULTIPLE imperfections. That’s frustrating. So frustrating, that two days ago, you could have looked through my kitchen window and seen me allllllmooooost smashing my face on the kitchen table — repeatedly. Again, again, and gain…I kept coming inches away. My internal thoughts were agonizing.

I’m going to embarrass myself. Why is this taking so long? Where is this perfect idea? This is terrible. Gah, why am I publicizing this?

Then I reviewed an online “how to start a business” course I had taken a few years ago to see what the teacher said about my situation (lots of ideas, but not sure when to pursue them). His pre-recorded video advice was helpful and here’s how I interpreted it:

1 – There are no perfect ideas. Many successful businesses are born from copycat ideas. You don’t need to find the 1 unique snowflake business idea that no one else has thought of. You don’t need to wait for perfect market conditions. You don’t need 100% certainty that you’ll make $1,000,000.

2 – Optimize for learning, not profit. Reframe this as an opportunity to learn valuable skills and lessons that can help now and in the future. If the perfect unicorn idea appears, you can apply your learnings from this “test run.”

3 – Pick something and pursue it. You can spin your wheels forever and nitpick the faults of any idea. Get started now and expedite the learning process.

So I’m going to pick an idea and pursue it. Starting today.

When I thought this post was going in a different direction, I had strict criteria for this new business:

  • No food products – Too low margin, too high risk (choking, allergies, diets, etc), and people can be rude when it comes to their food.
  • High margin – Need room for error. Don’t want to have to sell 100,000 units to make income. Want margins that can allow for some deals / discounts.
  • I’m enough – I need to be able to run the business myself with my existing skills, network, and resources.
  • Excites me – I need to find some aspect of the business fun, interesting, or redeeming social / problem solving value.
  • Clear target market / niche – It needs to be easy for me to identify where I’m going to find my first 100 customers.
  • Quick path to profit – I need to income to pay bills and support my family. Ideally in 3 months or less. I won’t be pursuing something that takes a long time to get set up.

Now my criteria are 2 things:

Am I reasonably excited about it? Do I think I can execute it?

There are a few ideas that my fit criteria, but I’m going to start with one:

Giant DIY Kits

These Giant Do-It-Yourself kits would contain all the materials and instructions needed to make giant-sized versions of iconic products at home — like a massive Doritos tortilla chip or a giant Rubber Ducky. Videos showing these giant do-it-yourself projects are popular on Youtube, so I know there is some interest in the topic area.

This was one of the old ideas I had several months ago, but I never pursued it through to validation. I did some very wantrepreneur-y things: bought a $12 domain name, told my wife we’d be RICH, then cold emailed a few Youtube megastars to see if we could cobble together a quick million dollar business. LOL…in hindsight…it’s not surprising I got no replies. I only had a domain name and a dream.

This time I’ll go through a full validation to see if there’s demand.

My hypothesis is that parents of kids and other crafty adults might be into this enough to pay money to have a fun Giant DIY Kit shipped to them once a month.

I’m optimistic that my subscription box experience will help me here. So that’s a big bonus, of course.

My ingoing concern is that the people who watch these Giant DIY videos on Youtube will be too young to purchase themselves (the commenters in the Youtube videos skew young) or not at all interested in actually DIY-ing. I’m also not a crafty person, so this isn’t a fit for me or my personality. I have no prior experience making Giant DIY KIts and have no idea what’ll take to assemble the first kit.

I’m also concerned the Youtube megastars know something that I don’t, which is why they aren’t offering their own Giant DIY Kits.

But, for some reason, I can’t get this idea out of my head. I was even thinking about in last night at 2A when I got up to get some water. I almost need to pursue it just to put the idea to rest. It’s an absurd idea in many respects and it breaks a lot of my original strict criteria…but I’m going to give it a go.

I’m not sure what scares me more…that I might fail or that I might succeed and my life’s work end up being teaching people how to make Giant Gummy Bears. Haha.

What’s next

Ultimately, I have to see if I can pre-sell a few of these things before I make them. I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to do that yet. I will email you next week with my progress.

Would you possibly want to be a part of the pilot and pay to receive a Giant DIY Kit? Email me and let me know what kind of product you’d be interested in Giant DIY-ing and roughly how much you’d spend to have the kit with materials & instructions delivered to your door.

Odds & Ends

I mentioned earlier in a post that I needed more time to pursue this project.

I thought that time was going to come from some brilliant time management techniques that I could share with you…but…in a bitter sweet turn of events, my afternoon Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training partner got a work promotion that meant he can’t train w/ me anymore.

Yay for him, bad for my BJJ, good for this project. I now have an extra hour and a half per day to devote to building this business.

Thanks for reading!

-Ryan

How To Find A Good Business Idea

It’s week 1 of my “start a business challenge.”

I have not made the progress I’d hoped since the announcement of the challenge.

Turns out, my daily schedule doesn’t leave much time for starting a business:

6A-9A: Play with son, prepare son’s food, walk around aimlessly looking for socks, take son to daycare.
9A-10A: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
10A-2P: SumoJerky / New Business Challenge
2P-3.30P: Write / Internet Surf
3.30P-5P: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
5P-10P: Family time
10P – 6A: Sleep

I plan to rework my schedule a little and will share anything useful. Hopefully, you can identify as I’m guessing starting a business in your shoes would be very difficult too. Not enough time, conflicting priorities, unsure of exactly what to do next: these are all things I’m struggling with.

Here’s what I have done this week.

Consolidate existing ideas into one place.

No need to reinvent the wheel if one of my existing ideas works. Maybe I had a good idea in the past that I had forgotten about or was too busy to pursue?

A Google Drive search for the word “idea” yielded several ideas hiding in my documents and spreadsheets. A Gmail search for emails sent “by me, to me” with the word “idea” helped me find more.

I got one idea off a Trello board that I had forgotten about. A couple more ideas were scribbled in the journal on my nightstand — score!

Altogether, I ended up adding about 30 existing ideas to my idea list.

Where possible, the scattered source files were deleted or tossed. I’m not sure if this decluttering was necessary, but it was comforting.

I wanted to make sure I wasn’t leaving behind a good idea from the past and I also wanted to create a single place to store all my ideas for this project.

Come up with new ideas.

This was fun when I didn’t have to start a business. Now that I do have to start a business, I’m feeling pressure which isn’t great for creativity. There are 3 ways I’m coming up with ideas right now.

1. Organically – I see something happen, go “aha, that’s an idea,” and jot it down.

For example, my son, Jacob, loves drinking cans of LaCroix sparkling waters. Monkey see, monkey do. It’s great, except occasionally he sticks his finger in the can opening and cuts himself on the sharp edge. He also frequently takes 2 sips and pours the rest on his chest.

Solution? A snap-on soda can lid that protects his fingers and restricts the amount of liquid flowing through the opening. I quickly Googled and saw this probably already exists, but I did want to share this example of how I brainstorm based on problems I experience in my day to day.

2. Ask Somebody – Depending on the conversation, I might ask a friend or family member for some good business ideas.

I also took a more structured approach by polling my first 100 readers (mostly friends, family, and acquaintances) with a short Google Survey and asked them what problems they have and would be willing to spend $100 or more to fix.

This didn’t yield a ton of ideas but it was helpful to see what problems are most top of mind for my closest friends & family.

3. Brute Force  – I’ve spent like 10 minutes on the brute force method so far and it’s already yielded an interesting idea.

In 2014, I wrote a blog post about finding business ideas proactively. In theory, my blog post was intended to be evergreen so I’m getting a chance to test that theory.

The #1 bullet point recommends searching Kickstarter for the most heavily funded projects to see where there’s demand. I did that, and found card games and board games were heavily funded.

So, I came up with the idea of a card game for parents of kids to help them come up with activities to do together.

This solves a problem of mine as parenting can be exhausting and you need ideas for quick activities that will keep your child busy while sitting peacefully indoors.

Example:

Me: Watching the game. Gets card from Jacob & reads it: ” Jacob, what does the cow say?”

Jacob: Moo!

Me: Okay, Yes! Pick another the card. (Repeat 1000 times)

I plan to spend more time next week going through the recommendations in my post to see if I can come up with more ideas.

Research ideas that grab me.

Ideally you would gather all your ideas, pick the winners you like, and then research them all at once to decide if any are worth pursuing. That’s the preferred sequence.

In actuality, that’s not what I’ve been doing.

As soon I come up with an idea, I start picking at the profile of each idea and deciding whether it’s one that excites me. Most of this is just mental gymnastics and internal thinking:

Can it make money? Who would buy this right now? Would I enjoy this business? How long would it take to get it up and running?

Other times, I’m Googling around to see what’s out there.

My goal is to see if any ideas get me super excited and pass my logic tests. If an idea survives my logic tests and if I’m still excited about it after a few days pass, I’ll give it more attention — which just means more research.

Again, ideally, these steps would be done in sequence, but in practice I find myself looping in and out of these steps at whim.

What’s next?

Next week I plan to come up with more ideas as well as research a few existing ideas more deeply as some have passed my logic tests.

I’ll share details about how I research ideas.

Ideally, I’ll find one or more ideas ready for validation which is where I’ll try to pre-sell it and confirm demand. Fingers crossed.

You can see all my business ideas here. Feel free to take them for your own use if you desire.

Thanks!

-Ryan

 

 

 

Start a Business Challenge: From $0 to $100,000 yearly income

I’m starting over from scratch.

I’m building a business from the ground up and trying to grow it to $100,000 in yearly income. You can get weekly email updates of my progress by subscribing for free here.

I titled this journey “Zero To Black” because I’m taking a business from nothing to “in the black” or profitable.

My name is Ryan Luedecke and I am currently the sole owner & operator of SumoJerky which is a subscription beef jerky club. It’s a pretty good business that does about $25k per month in revenue, but it’s flawed in some ways and wasn’t my idea to begin with. It’s also very stressful.

So I’m going to start something new.

My plan is to share everything with you:

  1. Coming up with the idea
  2. Launching the product
  3. Fine tuning the operations
  4. Growing the business
  5. Selling it (maybe)

I don’t have a business idea decided yet, but I have taken the first step by asking you to join me.

What can you expect?

You’ll get in-depth details on what it’s like to start a business, including actual numbers. I’ll check in once a week to give you progress updates. When I have big “aha’s” or breakthroughs, I’ll create a how-to guide that you can bookmark and use as a resource.

If you want to start your own business (or improve an existing one) right now, you can do it in real-time with me. At a minimum, you can read the emails now and come back to them when you are ready to start your own business.

If you’re already a successful business person, I expect my experiences will offer some comfort and a few laughs. You may also get useful tips on how to grow your business.

This won’t be an attempt to create a business overnight. It’ll take time. Expect a slow burn like your favorite HBO drama.

Rather than waiting to master things before I share them, I’ll be using the “learn out loud” method of sharing things as I go: false starts, failures, and all.

I’ll be sharing the tactics that help my business specifically but also the principles that should be broadly applicable to any business.

What’s been done so far?

I started by creating a weekly newsletter with 100 readers so I could have some momentum and support.

The outreach process took me out of my comfort zone. I hadn’t hustled on a project like this since SumoJerky started.

I started with a list of 0 people and vowed not to use my existing list.

Invites went to family and close friends first so I could get them involved and build my confidence.

From there, I emailed more friends, coworkers, code school classmates, subscription box owners, local entrepreneurs and people in the jerky industry whom I’ve worked with in the past.

Every invite was written personally by me, no automation.

Each time I contacted someone, I tried to answer the question: “why would he or she be interested in this project?”

I didn’t always have an up-to-date email for the person so I had to use tools like Facebook Messenger to connect with some people. That was awkward for me as I rarely use Facebook, much less their Messenger service, and I didn’t want to be disrupting people’s workday.

Ultimately, I decided the benefit of having a good-sized base of engaged readers outweighed the discomfort of “going door-to-door” on Facebook.

One time-saving thing I did was to export lists of my Facebook friends and LinkedIn contacts.

The Facebook export gave me a single-column list of my friends’ names which made it easy to scan & identify those who were the best fit for my newsletter (versus scrolling through endlessly on Facebook).

The Linkedin export provided the names and email addresses of everyone in my business network. Having the email address included in the LinkedIn export definitely saved me some time.

To motivate myself to get 100 readers, I used 1 reward and 1 restriction. My reward was to take my wife out for sushi. She is a great supporter and a huge part of this project so I wanted to make sure she was included in the reward.

My restriction was that I couldn’t publish this post until I had 100 readers. That took me about 2 weeks of personal outreach. I wanted to make sure I didn’t jump the gun too early and start without a decent amount of momentum.

What’s next?

I need to come up with a business idea. That scares me. I’ve written a blog post about how to come up with business ideas, but I haven’t followed through on one of my own ideas in a long time.

I’ll post an update once a week to report my progress on finding a business idea and share anything useful or interesting.

The best way to ensure you don’t miss a progress report is to sign up for my weekly newsletter below this post if you haven’t already.

Excited to have you come along.

-Ryan