I’ve created a very niche item and a website to sell it, but I can’t seem to reach my customer base. Is it time for me to start paid advertising?

I feel like I might be in a little bit of a different boat here than most posters on this sub. I've created a very niche USB device for Windows PCs. I've made it well over the hurdle of "make it real". It's no longer just an idea, but an actual product, and I'm very proud of myself for following through on it.

But…

Overall, it's not fairing nearly as well as I'd hoped and I can't quite put my finger on exactly why that is. Even on subreddits like r/pcmasterrace, where I thought it would really take off, my posts fall flat. IDK if it's because the market is even more niche than I thought or if my (very low quality) marketing materials just aren't catchy enough.

I've put 6 months time into this device and I know there are people out there that are interested… but it is going to be a very, very specific set of people.

Would advertising to reach specific markets (like those interested in x or y similar products to mine) be on the table for me at this point? I'm just scared to spend the money if I'm being honest.

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I’m 17 and I’m trying to start a business

Hey everyone! I’m currently working on my first for-profit company in the drink and fitness industry. I am currently working on making samples and have only done testing at home with my available materials. I do have a family contact for manufacturing and creating samples, my big issue is funding. I’ve spoken with a friend who owns multiple 7Elevens to see if my product is viable and he said he thought it was great, the only issue is entry into the industry itself. Given the recent rise in aluminum pricing, the complexities of shipping, and marketing without having made a massive network yet it may be very hard to establish my company. If you guys have any tips on raising funds or if you’ve overcome problems similar to mine please let me know!

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How do I know if this start up is legit?

Hi! Hoping i’m just a paranoid person but I am job hunting and have been offered a position by a SaaS company and there is relatively little information available about it. I’ve always been told to vet a company, look online, look for reviews, but I know it must be different with a start up. Is there any way to know if the start up I will soon be working for is legit?

edit: They have a website/linkedin, social media pages, but there just isn’t any information on it online which makes me nervous. obviously I’m taking into consideration that they are literally just Starting Up so I need to look at it differently.

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How to start up a start up

Starting my own business is constantly on my mind at the moment but I feel I have no skills that I could use to make a business. How did you find you business of choice and your niche. What should I put my time into to make something for my self. All and any ideas are much appreciated.

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To technical founders, is it better to start writing my app using tech I’m familiar with, or tech that is popular?

What is the better alternative:

  • Using tech you are familiar with (Faster MVP. Faster iterations)

or

  • Using tech that is popular (Easier to recruit, more bleeding edge features, more resources and help online)

In my particular case it's choosing between front end frameworks Angular (6 years experience) and React (no experience).

My gut tells me "Go with Angular. Iteration speed is important in the beginning. You can always rewrite later if product market fit has been found".

Curious if anyone else has faced this dilemma and how you handled it.

Update: Since many people ask, what I'm building is a consumer facing product that I will market and monetize. It's not a hobby project or something I'm doing for just learning's sake.

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As a Non technical person, how can i start building my tech startup?

I have built websites and stuff using wordpress and CMS. I also know little bit HTML, CSS. But I have few ideas in mind and i want to convert them to web and mobile apps? Can someone suggest learning path which can help me get started quickly with building my idea into reality.

I also need information on different platforms and softwares for building them and differences between them as well as learning time. Would be grateful if you could point me to right direction

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Start a Business on Amazon (Episode 174)

Are you considering testing the entrepreneurial waters, but aren’t quite sure how or where to start? When it comes to launching and growing a successful business, whether part-time, full-time or as a side hustle, Amazon is a great place to start.

Amazon sellers turn a profit quickly, according to a recent study from Jungle Scout, a leading all-in-one platform for selling on Amazon, which reported that 64% of sellers surveyed are profitable within one year of launching their businesses. Additionally, of those new sellers surveyed, those one to two years in business reported taking home up to $ 42,000 per year in profits.

Tune in to this morning’s WJR Business Beat to learn why selling on Amazon is a great option for aspiring business owners:

“So, what does all this mean for aspiring entrepreneurs? Well, if you’re looking to start a side hustle, diversify your income, or even be your own boss in a full-time business, find a product niche and set up shop on Amazon.”

– Jeff Sloan

Tune in to News/Talk 760 AM WJR weekday mornings at 7:11 a.m. for the WJR Business Beat. Listeners outside of the Detroit area can listen live HERE.

Are you an entrepreneur with a great story to share? If so, contact us at editor@startupnation.com and we’ll feature you on an upcoming segment of the WJR Business Beat!

Good morning!

For those of you considering testing the entrepreneurial waters but aren’t quite sure how or where to start, when it comes to launching and growing a successful business, whether part-time full-time or even as a side hustle, Amazon is a great place to start a business.

Selling on Amazon could be beneficial to new business owners for a number of reasons, some of which are:

First, Amazon sellers turn a profit quickly; more quickly than businesses outside of the Amazon platform just getting started, according to a recent study from Jungle Scout, a leading all-in-one platform for selling on Amazon, they reported 64% of Amazon sellers are profitable within the first year of launching their businesses on Amazon.

Additionally, of those new Amazon sellers surveyed, those one to two years in business reported taking home up to $ 42,000 per year in profits.

Now, that doesn’t mean selling on Amazon is a get rich quick scheme, but it does mean that you may find yourself turning a decent profit after just a few years in business.

And while Amazon is a primary source of income for many sellers, it’s also an excellent opportunity for side hustlers: 71% of sellers surveyed report that they run their business from home and 44% of Amazon sellers surveyed said their businesses performed better than expected in 2020, thanks to their presence on Amazon.

So, what does all this mean for aspiring entrepreneurs? Well, if you’re looking to start a side hustle, diversify your income, or even be your own boss in a full-time business, find a product niche and set up shop on Amazon.

You’ll join the community of third-party sellers who drove more than half of Amazon’s $ 386 billion in annual revenue in 2020.

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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Okay… I have my idea… so how do I start up?

I have a marketable idea that I’ve done extensive market research on. I think it can be really profitable long term as it relates to cryptocurrency and blockchain.

I want to get started. I have some personal capital but not much. I could get a loan, but I don’t know where to go. Could I potentially get an SBA loan? If so, where do I go?

I know that I need to hire people too: for example someone experienced with finance to check my assumptions with the software I’m designing. I would probably need another developer too… but I don’t know where to start looking! Where do you even find like-minded people to start a company with?! Obviously Reddit isn’t the place, but where should I go?

I’m not business minded at all, but this is a killer idea.

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Is there any video/material that motivated you to start your own business?

I had a webhosting company from 16 to 23 years old and it was so amazing, although I never made more than $ 50k yearly.

I make good money as a software engineer now, but I feel strong negative emotions when I see corporations are so ineffective and you are not really relative to your actual performance, which can kill motivation.

I would love to have an own tech company again, there is so much fulfilment and you don't have to deal with all the corporate shit.

Halving my salary wouldn't be a problem, but I feel something in my mind is stopping me from making a start… maybe it's unconscious fear, I have no idea.

Any feedback would be welcome! I'm guessing the answer is… just start and fail, and don't worry too much about it. But tips are welcome!

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