by Trevor McKendrick on June 25, 2013
This week I wanted to share something simple: my first Elance project.
I believe you have to create an Elance account to see it, but you can check it out here: https://www.elance.com/job/29087530/proposals?bidid=29093644#bid_29093644
After doing this over a year ago I can now see what I did well and what I could have done better: Good 1. Gave specific example of similar app so the developer knew what I was going for 2. Created rough mockups
Bad 1. At the bottom I should have something “if you’ve read all the way write ‘i love to code’ at the beginning of your proposal.” I learned that trick from 4 Hour Work Week and it’s served me well since. 2. I did the mockups with Google Docs. Those terrible things took me forever. I’ve sinced learned that doing them by hand is much easier and faster than figuring out how to use some random sketching app. 3. I probably should have spoken to a designer first, maybe a friend who has experience with this. It would have been nice to figure out an even simpler way of implementing the few features I had.
All in all it turned out okay. We’ve grown a lot from that first project. It was done in 3 weeks and for less than $500. The latest remake will cost over $10k and has taken almost 3 months.
I’m convinced this is best way to go for most products though. While there are a few things that truly require a huge initial investment, many in tech don’t. No reason to step on the gas before product/market fit has been made.
In the next few weeks we’ll be launching our brand new Bible Study App which will have our brand new Christian bookstore. Right now we have licensed content from one publisher and hope to have more in the coming months (big companies have nice people but as a whole they tend to move slowly). This is a “bet the company” moment so we’re looking forward to see how it turns out.
Personally I think our customers are going to love it.