I come from a background in Engineering - a Diploma in Engineering Design and Technology, and a Degree in Mechanical Systems Engineering. I worked for Tesla at Gigafactory 1 (Reno, Nevada) during the launch of the Model 3 on the Manufacturing Engineering team. I've been involved with many engineering projects over the years, ranging from programming, mechanical design, prototyping, and more. A few years ago, I decided I wanted to build SaaS. With my experience in prototyping, I knew to start small and focused - so I started out by developing a micro-SaaS application for Amazon Sellers. People loved it - and because of my technical experience, I did a lot of things right. But the problem was, I'm not an Amazon Agency, Consultant, or Coach. So I couldn't really grow the software or the services on the business side. So I took on an Amazon Agency as a client, and I built the software for them. They handle the marketing and audience building side of things, while I handle the technical side. It was a perfect match. We launched the product to their market on time, and on budget. We presented it to their existing audience, started gathering feedback, and built a community where they could not only evolve the SaaS towards product/market fit, but sell their existing services too. That's when I had my first realization; that founders, consultants, coaches, and experts are in an amazing position to offer a SaaS product to their market - but they often lack the technical experience to pull it off. Which leads to the ugly side of this story. This Amazon Agency had projects with another developer that had been going on for years, without a single launch. Missed deadlines, buggy code, sub-par quality, unvalidated demand - you name it. These are smart people. They had been successful in other types of business - but SaaS is a different beast. The developer they hired gave them no guidance, and just built whatever they wanted (badly). Because the truth is that development is only 10% of the challenge - and the business is the other 90%.
Welcome to the community! Our goal is to provide a space where members can come together to discuss and collaborate on all aspects of running a successful SaaS business. This includes, but is not limited to: - Conducting market research and validating product ideas - Defining the scope and objectives of your product - Developing an MVP and iterating to achieve product/market fit - Hiring and managing freelancers - Scaling your business - AI and Machine Learning in SaaS, and more. To kick things off, I'd love for you to introduce yourself to the community. Tell us about yourself - your name, where you're from, and why you're interested in being a part of this community. Share any relevant experiences or questions you have, and we'll do our best to provide helpful responses. Please note, we do have some guidelines for this community, which are pretty simple: - Be respectful - No DM spam - No selling If anyone DM's you trying to sell something - please let me know and I'll boot them from the group. Let's work together to make this a positive and informative space for everyone.
We have over 170 people now in this group, and it's made up of founders, entrepreneurs, coaches, developers, and all kinds of people with valuable experience. Quality is always better than quantity, and it's clear to me that we have quality. That's where the real value of this group is - it's the people in it. I don't think you joined to just read my posts - I think you came because you want to take action, and are looking to have a real conversation about how to get things done. That's who these weekly calls are for. I chose 1PM EST as the time - but this may be adjusted based on what works for the most people. There's no such thing as a perfect time to start, so let's just get started.
Preparation is your greatest leverage in lowering cost. I provide a full breakdown (using ChatGPT and my experience) of exactly what I want the designer to do, down to the order of the sections and the copy within it. That is less work and headache for the designer, and so you can negotiate lower prices. With that visual design, you give the full layout to the developer, which answers a ton of questions and makes it a more desirable project to work on, which again allows you to negotiate lower prices. I do this everytime I outsource work. By doing things in this way, the people you are hiring enjoy working with you because you are very clear and give them everything they need upfront, so it is less headache for them, and that is leverage in negotiations for you.
New update video! So far we have the landing page done, screens of the app being built in WebFlow, and live data being rendered from the backend! In this video, I show how I built out the 'User Authentication' part of the app. Every app needs User Authentication - so feel free to use my approach in building your app if you're looking for a easy way to get it done. Next up, I am going to build out the Sign Up, Logout, and Authentication logic - these are the basic fundamentals that apply to any application. Then we are going to move on to more fun stuff like file uploading, image rendering, embeds, and more. Leave your comments below, and let me know what you think!