I have tried many startups/projects in the past, some I started myself and some I co-founded with others. Most of those shutdown after I/We hit the first wall. Some of the projects didn't even last more than 3 months and didn't have a single customer. There were some of the projects where I have happily spent 6 months coding / developing without any customer using it. When it was the time to get customers, I tried a few weeks, reached out to a few people and that's all and moved on to the next startup idea. I was fascinated by the glamour of running a startup. I never was driven enough to push through the wall when hit. I think that I start a startup to enjoy the moment of owning a company (for a short time). I have wasted 5 years trying to do random things but never could find some idea I can stick around for longer and build a company. I have built around 20 android apps, the best one has 100K+ downloads and still going. The companies I have attempted in the past Try and pay (based on chrome extension, co-founder quit due to health conditions. I wasn't motivated or driven enough to bring in a new co-founder to continue that startup) SentimentsAI (using AMAZON AI tools to generate sentiments based on social media comments) TenancyWithoutAgents (startup in real estate, quit after 6-8 months, discovered that we need access to real estate certificate) Grocery Delivery ( discovered that delivery charges are very high and people are not willing to spend that much and there is a thin margin) Chat app, Door Prizes (developed for one client, they used it free of cost. I was hoping to get more clients but I didn't get any. I have reached few people and they never responded. So I shut down that too) FarWork(reached out to few co-working spaces, reached out to few people, got few answers from few people and that's it then covid19) EscrowServ (Escrow service in the construction industry, wasn't interested in that industry, so I quit after developing for 8 months) MarketForLocal (started a marketplace to connect local-sellers to customers. The co-founder quit because she didn't want to work more than 2 hours a day and I didnt bother to continue). Once turned to eBay seller as well and imported stuff from China and didn't last more than 2-3 months. Because I didn't want to be eBay seller. I am always confused with this advice "follow your passion" (Elon) vs "don't follow your passion" (Mark Cuban). I am passionate about coding, also at the same time, I am passionate about owning a business. I want to code for a business that I am passionate about. I have few ideas and afraid to commit to one. I am not even sure If I am passionate about any of those. I am afraid that I might pick the wrong idea and might end up quit again and waste my time. How can I find the idea that I can stick for longer? How do I know that I won't quit again (very easily)? I just want to know how you interpret my situation. I am open to hearing any advice or observation you may have. Thanks
Like so many of us do, we try and fail at a number of things before we reach and master what we are passionate about. I would suggest:
a. Take a personality test and a career interest test (this can help guide you in understanding more about your personality type, identify strengths and weaknesses, and explore career fields that spike your interest).
b. Take a course that will help you put together a strong business plan. I offer one on my website and with everyone making the transition to the virtual world I am certain you will find something that will guide you in the right direction.
c. Learn how to apply systems and automations into your business. This will help keep you organized and minimize burnout. Again I offer this course and you can find plenty on the internet to suit you.
d. Invest in yourself a business coach. I am certain that this also is a part of the missing pieces that you are experiencing in your journey. I am not a coach but I will be glad to point you into the direction of some awesome individuals.