My Failure as an Entrepreneur in 2018
Life is short whenever we are young who don’t dream himself to be a successful entrepreneur. Since last year March and start full time in June(2018), I quit everything to start my new online business since I failed a couple times as an entrepreneur a few years back. I try lots of business but all of them failed. Nothing works in my case, at that time I didn’t have money because I’m still very young. Then, I tried to figure out the problem that doesn’t related to money. I found out one of the biggest issues was I found myself didn’t dedicate much on my work as an entrepreneurship and didn’t keep moving. Most of them are less than 1 year and then I give up. This time I decided start the entrepreneur journey again in a full time mode with my savings.
Before that I was I aware there are many beginner developers including me myself (in the past) didn’t find a course that actual course that teach about how to write better code. Then I decided to create one with my experience and some thing that I learned from Udacity as a student and ex-student mentor of Google Scholarship program. In the first few months I spent my time to build a course called “introduction to code quality”. and pick a LMS for my online course that’s called Teachable. Everything was work good and I like their sales page. It’s powerful. Then, I start the $999 plan for a year. The first few month, I created a free course to teach about
I have made some test to see whether there is a potential on the market. Fortunately, the feedback was good there are lots of students sign up for the course.
In the first week, I manage to have 600+ students during the market testing phrases. When looking at the result I was surprise, I believe there must be a demand there. So, I get motivated and think that I should contribute more to teach and help people from the knowledge I learned.
In August 2018, I launched the course forum that helps my students to learn more about programming.
Unfortunately, things doesn’t goes well. There’s are many bugs on the site. One of the most important thing is there are many limitation that we can’t do with Teachable and Forums(WordPress). Other than bug, the most painful thing I need is integrate my forum with Teachable. I wrote an email to the support, they told me that WordPress is their competitor so they won’t allow us to do that. It’s not possible to integrate with your WordPress site. The moment I was like crazy. So I think it’s nevermine, when you want achieve to something, the only obstruct is yourself not anything else.
Then, I try to figure out another possible way to make it. I do trying to sync a couple WordPress site to replace Teachable. It took me almost half year (6 months++). There’s lots of trouble and issues on synchronize multiple site, I also tried WordPress Multisite it still doesn’t work, that makes me really depressed. I’ve waste a few thousand dollars and almost a year to build the things I need but nothing work as I think. I gave up on Teachable platform, and paid to tried difference theme and plugins 50++ from CodeCanyon or any where it’s good. At last, I only use few of them. It’s like 80% of them I don’t put them in use, it hurts a lot and I made mistakes again. the lessons learned. It’s sad but fine because I know the mistake you made today, it reminds you again and again the mistake today in future.
After experiencing so much failure, I decided to bring myself a backpacking trip and this adventure was change my mind. I was totally saw my problems during the journey. People said that travel alone are the best way to understand yourself. You’ll start re-discover yourself, exploring what’s you, experimenting for numerous kind of lifestyle. No matter what’s happen, you have to fix it yourself like an entrepreneur. No body is obligate to help you, you have no parents, no friends and nothing when you travel solo. You can even do yourself, give yourself brave to do things you afraid to do in the past. So, you will learn to love yourself and start discover what you love, what’s really need and what’s you want but not really need.
Thanks is short, there’re almost something bad happen to me every single week during the journey. But that’s what an adventure is, I’ve got an amazing journey during that moment. Coming back to my country, I find myself was change a lot. My though, my mindset and spirit is totally difference that before. I start becoming more focus, more brave and more better. Now, I’m a minimalist and you can learn how I become minimalist in the blog. I let go the past failure and start again rebuild all my site. Finally, my site was great as I expect now. My current site are running 45++ plugins and include many custom script and customization. However the site performance still reached my expectation after reducing so much of unnecessary thing. Finally, I can start writing blog and then focus on my online course building.
Google PageSpeed Insights – Desktop
Google PageSpeed Insights – Mobile
My current expectation is releasing my online course before 2019. I hope I could make it, it was suppose to release end of last year (2018). I hope the course can at least recover my losses since I did so much mistake. Now, I’m going to list you some mistake I made during my entrepreneurship 2018.
Mistake 1: Overload (Try to do everything)
I’ve been overloaded when the moment I’m too greed and I want to have many things for my site. It’s makes me feel super difficult to maintain, at first online course, then forum, then blog, then eCommerce of selling digital products and services. But end up, I spent whole day on building site that actual works as what I think. When forum was complete, bugs and errors in the others website was coming, I go and fix it then I figure out another problem. Just like that everyday of my time is gone. I tried to do everything in the past, but now I let go some and focus on things that I can do like a minimalist. Keep things stupid simple, make sure it works. As I said in the how I became minimalist blog, the more things you own the more it cost to maintain. It doesn’t mean you own it, it may not cost you anything in future. Sometimes, it cost more than you expected.
Mistake 2: Didn’t have a plan and direction based on reality
Planning is very important. However, having plan doesn’t mean you will success. You need to work super hard to achieve your plan no matter the reason, no excuses. It’s not to plan for fun, it’s plan for actual work and goal. The problem that I have is I plan it but it doesn’t work because I’m too greedy, planning to much things that overloaded myself. Then I keep delay and delay the process, it became another problem which is procrastination. When you plan your goal, be sure your plan are SMART(Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant & Timely) enough to work. Don’t be too greedy like me.
Mistake 3: Distractions
There are too much distractions outside the world, you need to have a very good resistance for those distractions around you. Mute all the phone and desktop notifications and reduce ineffective social as much as possible. Don’t try to see all those new notification, there are never ends. It’s keep coming up, you need to control yourself.
Mistake 4: Want To Be Too Perfect
I always want to be perfect, it doesn’t matter a small thing or whatever. I want to be perfect, it seems the idea was good right? Unfortunately, it’s not in my case because it will cost a lot to be perfect. You will end up wasting tons time and money for a little improvement that people are not able to see it. As a beginner entrepreneur, don’t try to be perfect unless you have a cash flow for your business and already making money. If not, when you didn’t make money, don’t be too perfect. Start making money even though it doesn’t perfect until you make money then you can consider to make it better. It’s about the timing issue, not the right time to be perfect. One of the example is Microsoft, they sell Windows Vista which is not very perfect then comes out Windows XP. The Windows 8 and now become the better one in Windows 10. Don’t wait until it perfect to start making money, money never come and you can’t afford to wait it.
Last but not least, they you so much for being patients for reading my entrepreneur story. I hope it can helps you to remind the mistake I made when you start a entrepreneurship journey. Hope to see you again, if you like it don’t forget send an email for let me know.