Pre-selling your software before you’ve even built it is a very attractive idea. Think about it: You get people to buy a concept, take that money and use it to build the software, and then you launch it to everyone else. ...All with no money out-of-pocket.
Have you asked anyone working a normal job about their workflow? If you get in the details of their processes, you'll immediately see the optimization opportunities. Just think of all the excel sheet management that goes on in the professional world… This is one of the main reasons why there can never be enough SaaS businesses. There are just countless niches that can deliver great profits.
Building a tech startup and pricing it right can feel like being lost in a jungle. You don’t know where to turn, what path is gonna get you out, and all you do is wake up in survival mode. Don’t worry, I’m here to help. I’ve personally gone through every pricing and product pivot you can imagine. Going freemium. Selling to Enterprise. Even trying hybrid approaches (e.g. marketplace with a monthly subscription). But today, I'm joined by THE guy that
Another episode of Escape Velocity, and another opportunity to level up your game as an entrepreneur! We are jumping right into a topic of major importance for your business - POSITIONING! Getting your positioning super tight and specific can be the holy grail of growth… and many of the major players in the SaaS space are proof of that! It all comes down to picking the low-hanging fruit… get to know your BEST CUSTOMERS - the ones who love your
I’ve seen this happen before… A business that’s already growing decides to start their own SaaS. It always seems like a great idea. You’re already serving your customers, you know their problems, and you’ve got company resources to work with... So it’s gotta be easier than starting from scratch, right?
And it goes like this: How much is it? - It's not that bad… Look, it's simple. Just give me a number. OK? - It's 20% - not that bad, right? WOW… Your churn is 20% monthly? *issues a small prayer to all the SaaS gods* The above is a conversation I recently had with a potential coaching client… GOOSEBUMPS! Let me put this into perspective...
How do you deal with having a powerful new idea that inspires you to change the direction of your business? Many times on the journey you will find yourself shifting priorities and jumping on new opportunities. That one meeting, conversation or feedback from a client makes you realize that there is a niche to be filled and you can take things to a whole new next level. Being flexible and creative is awesome, but it is not easy to get
If you’re in sales, you never want to come off like this: “Listen here, pal… This is the product you need and it will definitely solve all your problems! 100%! If you don't buy this today, you and your company will regret it for the rest of your life!” I call this having “Commission Breath”. Everytime I hire a sales person, at some point this happens.
Imagine the following… You’re growing fast and you need to hire a new biz dev guy. He’s convinced that he's going to add a lot of value to your company, and asked for 1% of your startup, so you give it to him. After a few months, you pivot the business and he’s no longer needed (plus he didn’t actually do anything while he was around). Next thing you know, you are just about to raise the first round of
You're a cash-starved startup owner. You go hard after one of your big enterprise clients and they pay for a whole year of your service in advance… Just like this, without any additional questions or arrangements. This is what happened to Vivek Sharma back in the day, when his now $50+ mil ARR company MovableInk was struggling to score its first few corporate clients. But this idea to ask for a 12-MONTH ADVANCE PAYMENT didn't come out of nowhere.