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OKAY. So I Have A Great Website Idea.. What now ?

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by GSanders12, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. GSanders12

    GSanders12 Registered Member

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    I have some pretty awesome website ideas that can make cash and provide a quality monthly subscription service..

    I have almost 0 experience in programming, design, scripting, etc. All i have is an IDEA.

    Can you guys give me a step by step process on how to start this website and get it up and launched? Who do I hire, what do I do, do I need to give ownership stakes or can I just pay someone to do something one the, etc.


    Thanks and can't wait to hear back.

    Cheers!
     
  2. noman s

    noman s Registered Member

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    Forget about the idea, do you have the investment? :)
     
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  3. dragon_

    dragon_ Newbie

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    Well, you can find someone to work with you, do a JV and make things big.
    If you need help, feel free to contact me because I am a technician lol
     
  4. Zak_A

    Zak_A Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    This is indeed an important point.

    If you have money to invest you can hire a designer and developer.
    Or you can also find a partner who will handle this part and split profit.

    It's hard to tell you more as we don't know what you're idea is, and thus what it will require in term of development.
     
  5. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    It depends on what you 're building. If it 's too complex, it 's probably better to go the equity way, else you hire.
     
  6. GSanders12

    GSanders12 Registered Member

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    Its meant to be a bit complex. So to answer your question YES its complex :)

    The thing is, how big does the investment have to be? If having $3000 is an investment then yes. If way more, no I do not.

    Therefore, I should find a joint venture yeah?
    I have heard of angel investors and how they can make an investment for a certain stake in the company.. would they take too much depending on how much I need invested in the company? Or is it better to go the route of splitting it 50/50 with someone who is knowledgable in the web industry to maximise success?

    What type of people would I need to JV with in this case? Web Designer would be hired. Programmer.. not sure. Nor am I sure of other things.

    Please help :) The website is meant to be complex and most likely does need coding and other.
     
  7. dragon_

    dragon_ Newbie

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    If you only want to build a website for your own business, then several hundred bucks will be enough. HOWEVER promoting a business can be very time/money consuming.

    Also what you need to do/people you need to work with or hire highly depends on your idea.

    pm sent.
     
  8. rambolife

    rambolife Regular Member

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    MVP - MINIMUM VIABLE PRODUCT - just launch it and see what happens.
    find guys who know how to do the stuff you don't and JV, pay them or learn it yourself.

    Good luck
     
  9. GSanders12

    GSanders12 Registered Member

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    I'll try out the MVP.

    Anyways, how much does promoting usually cost ? If you want to promote your site to by mass marketing to a large amount of prospects in your respective niche?
     
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    If you have 3k to invest and you do not wish to share the profits with anyone, I would recommend you to hire a outsourcing company/individual(depends on how fast u want it out etc) at Elance.

    You can have them sign a NDA and make the entire website for you and you would afterwards do the rest.

    Keep in mind these kinda of places tend to be trick so have a clear vision of what you need done well written.
    Do no share the information until you have capable bidders and they have signed the NDA.

    Keep in mind that depending on what youre doing you may need a good hosting structure even dedicated servers, so if you have some one of trust you can consult about his kind of needs would also be of help to nail now the investiment.

    When making your job post to Elance recommend you no to pick anyone is the first post, make sure you give them a vague idea of what will be done/how long you think it will take if possible, wait some time then make a new post you will have a better view of what people there charge the good and bad ones (this is in case you dont have any one of trust to do this for u)

    Depending on what you are doing how fast you want a response you could also get this for free, but if you want a fast return, I would advise you to first look into what channels you can promote it in before.
     
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  11. kralcx

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    If the website is complex you will probably need a Drupal, Joomla, or Wordpress specialist to develop your site for you. Find several different shops and get quotes from each of them. This will at least give you some idea of what it will cost to develop your website.

    Then from there you can decide if you want to just pay for their services or work out an equity deal.
     
  12. YoutubeFreak

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    Go on Freelancer and hire someone to do the job for you!
     
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    To save you ten years of rough experience, great ideas are a dime a dozen, the execution of the idea is key.
     
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    hotdog10 Newbie

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    i suggest u use the ready made CMS and execute your idea foremost. i feel content is king.. then get interns to aid you with the stuff.
     
  15. judson

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    Ideas aren't worth much. As someone (Paul Graham?) put it, if they were, there'd be a marketplace for them.

    The trick is all in the execution.

    Regarding your MVP, keep it really MVP. That is, pick the smallest subset of features you need to try out both the idea, and the contractor you will have doing it for you.

    Picking the right person to work on your project is going to be incredibly difficult. You will get it wrong. A few times.

    Many people overlook this, but being able to
    * specify your project well,
    * hire the right contractor, and
    * manage the contractor well
    is the difference between a successful project, and one that really knocks the ball out of the park.

    And most people don't know how to do that.

    I actually suggest going to eLance or oDesk or something, and placing an ad to hire VAs to do a few simple tasks. $10 - $20 or so type of tasks.

    You get bonus points if you hire different people to do the same task. Then compare how different the results will be for each contractor.

    That will also give you some indication of the type of detailed instructions you will need to give your BigProject contractor.

    More importantly, it will give you some experience dealing with 'staff' who are often not native English speakers, and are quite literally on the other side of the planet.

    Sure, you'll blow maybe $200 get trivial tasks repeatedly done, but this experience is going to be invaluable when it comes to spending the big $$ on a big project.
     
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  16. berkolish

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    I agree with the others. Proper execution is the key. I too think that you should go with a CMS and get the parts that are unique to your site coded by a freelancer. Try out the many freelance marketplaces available. If you have a personal friend whom you know by face, and who is knowledgeable about coding, then it would be a great idea to start this as a JV with him. Not only will there be a high level of trust, but also you guys will be able to motivate each other.
     
  17. 99online

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    If you need web designer , just send me PM