Combining personal life and your start-up is not always easy. And it doesn’t need to be bad things that mess up your working schedule. Selling property, moving, buying new property, setting up the new property, marriage preparation, a new born baby, these are ‘good’ things that will take a significant bite out of your precious time and may temporary reduce your involvement with your start-up to ‘the highly necessary’. Combine any four of this with the usual december holidays and you achieve a build-up of work-to-do that takes months to catch up with.
Without going deeper into which four, it is what I went through, but that’s not all. When a partner in your start-up changes his mind about his financial involvement due to personal reasons in the middle of this mess, there is not only ground for personal conflict but also a drawback in the further development of the product. That is where we stand.
Fortunately there is so much work to catch up with that this gap allows to get back on track and prepare for the search for investors. With a working prototype, a strategic plan, a business plan, a financial plan and a timeline there is a great starting point to find them.
But that’s not all. It is a good time to take a good look at your product again and see if it meets the standards you set for a successful launch. Interestingly enough in HowAbout, I found everything was smooth, except for the main feature of the launch version. I knew it was the one thing I hadn’t streamlined yet, so I knew the day would come I would face this but I didn’t quite have an idea on how to realise instant photo-sharing. Until a few weeks ago. It will take some extra months of development but they will be worth the wait. And then we will launch, finally, with a very strong product.