I’d like to thank everyone who subscribes to my weekly newsletter. I’m going to run through a few questions that have come in recently, and – dear readers – here’s the FUN part!
I’d like the amazing, funny, talented and highly accomplished Chocolate Lab Community to jump in, and offer your advice & help to these new entrepreneurs who are taking their first steps in the app world. Please help them out by adding your thoughts in the comments below.
These are questions taken from longer emails, but I think this community can add a ton of value with your insights & feedback.
The best comment (as voted by my lovely Chocolate Lab) will get a free copy of Episode #1 of my Radio Show (value $197).
Here are the questions that need your help:
1. DO I NEED A WEBSITE AT THE BEGINNING?
“I am the very definition of “noob” when it comes to app/website development. Do you think it would be beneficial to develop a website first before developing an app?!
2. HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH APPS?
“I have an idea for a quiz app but am utterly clueless as to where to start. I have never written a line of code nor have any previous experience with apps. What should I do now?”
3. WHAT IS THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE WAY TO PROMOTE MY APP WHEN IT IS LAUNCHED?
“We have no money to spend. What’s the best way to promote our app by the time we have it available for download?”
4. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO FUND APP DEVELOPMENT?
“I am very excited to devote my time and energy to learning about app development, however I would like to get started on this and get up and running as soon as possible. I currently do not have the capital to fund this type of venture. Do you have any suggestions for trying to raise money for this type endeavor?”
5. WHAT ARE PROVEN MONITIZATION METHODS FOR NICHE APPS?
“One huge question I am constantly battling with over the past 2 weeks with my developer is how to monetize my app. They are huge proponents of the subscription model, whereas I am not. As this is a niche app, I thought it lent itself well to either freemium or one time payment PLUS inapp purchases (e.g. to add various exercise packs on, etc). Do you have any advice?”
6. WHAT IS INVOLVED IN RESKINNING APPS?
“Can you tell me whether re-skinning app business really just buy source code and simple change the graphic? Is there no need to add in new features to make the app better? The original source code I have now lack of features like IAP and fun power ups. Kinda lost here.”
I really felt overwhelmed when I started my business. There were just SO many things I had to figure out, that at times it sometimes felt nearly impossible. I had so many questions and I really struggled at times to find answers.
Do you know the answer to one of these questions?
Would you have five minutes to pay it forward and help out these ambitious entrepreneurs?
If yes, I’m pretty sure they would appreciate it a lot Pick a question above that means something to you, and share your experience in the comments below.
Thank you everyone, you rock!