What have you learned from your experience as a solo founder?

Junior Owolabi
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The lessons I learned: - I should have broken down workload (by utilizing tools like Jira), instead of working 20 hours a day random tasks (eventually making mistakes). - I should have prioritized tasks differently from multiple founder startups. As solo founders, we think we can multitask sales/marketing/development (we can't). - I should have tested my idea with friends and colleagues before spending a year developing my MVP without customer input or interest (eventually pivoted). - I shouldn’t have used paid acquisition to get my initial users (unless every other channel failed). - I should have gathered a following for my startup, before launching (it is overwhelming developing a product and having no one interested). What experiences did you have? (We may I still be making the mistakes you experienced)

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Front End/JavaScript Developer
Yep, some familiar ones in there! I would have figured out my exact target audience and the marketing channels for how I was going to reach them before I started the project - I had a good number of users from Product Hunt but that's slowly dropped down now. I would have spent more time writing supportive content for the site to have some content marketing and looked more into SEO techniques from the outset. I also would have had a longer public beta period to get more users onboard and generating more feedback. It's all good stuff to take into the next project though!
MakemyDream=Reality
Thank you for this information because it really opened up the gate that i do not need to pay funds at this moment to get users.
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Thank you for sharing your experience! About me, I should have spent more time talking to my target audience
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