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What is the biggest thing you didn’t know when you started your startup?

I saw in the comments of a recent post, someone said they failed because they had no idea of business models. Can you share what was it for you?

Please, if you can stick to shorter format:

What was it? Business models…

How did I learn it/how to learn it? Blablabla

And then add some context if you feel like

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Max232
Max232
7 months ago

When I first started I was a software engineer by day. I thought if you build it, they will come. That’s not how that works.

It took me a long time to try to understand the problem from multiple angles, not just my perceived best way to solve it.

These two things basically meant I learned it’s important to talk to your customers before you build anything. Then keep talking to them as you build stuff. And never stop talking to them.

Yetunde
Yetunde
7 months ago

How easy it would be to write about entrepreneurship when I didn’t know shit, and how popular my blog would become. And how hard it would be to write about entrepreneurship once I’m successful and how unreceptive readers would be. People want candy from clowns, not vitamins from nutritionists.

EricSmallz
EricSmallz
7 months ago

That a product is either a pain killer, vitamin or candy. Most products like mine, were just a vitamin and need more marketing skills than developing skills because there are plenty of vitamins in the market

Painkillers sell themselves, candies, well they aren’t gonna make you big

talor34
talor34
7 months ago

Customer Service, how important it is and how much time it takes

Madlad
Madlad
7 months ago

When I started out as a Freelance SEO writer, I had no idea who my target audience is… I mostly used to pitch to the wrong people. And guess what? There was too much frustration as I was on the artistic side, not the marketing actually.

Later on, I figured out ways to get closer to the audience that needs content that ranks. From getting 0 clients in a month to getting 3 in a day is something I’ve experienced 🙂

Jackey
Jackey
7 months ago

Don’t go into to business with your friends!!! Go into business with someone who you can trust and you can be serious with. Just because they are a good friend, doesn’t mean they would be a good business partner.

What do you think?