Thu, Jul 22, 2010
I got a few comments on my previous article asking on whether I am a micropreneur and how I am finding the Micropreneur Academy in general. So below is some background on each.
First off, let me start by saying that I have actively been a full time micropreneur for almost a month now. I had been working on several ideas for some time before July but few have taking any holding. But when July came, I decided it was time for me to try and make entrepreneurship work (and if need be supplement it with consulting). I am currently working on two products I have built Cuevox, which offers an appointment reminder for businesses, and SmsTheTeam, which allows you to send mass text messages to anyone and collect replies easily. So far I have had a few trial sign-ups but no sale so far and still poor traffic on both.
Second, let me tell you about the slight hassles of entrepreneurship. If you are like me living in a country where PayPal, Google Checkout and every other major payment processing system (and helper such as Chargify) do not offer their service, then you are in for some very heavy lifting. For one thing you need to get yourself a proper company standing (an offshore) in a country where those services are available or you are left reinventing the wheel (the hassle of recurring payments is large). That setup and getting the bank to work with you on the things you need is well hectic. If people would like I might write a post about that too later on.
Third and lastly, let me talk about the Micropreneur Academy and to a small extent StartupToDo. I am a member of both communities but have been spending alot more time in the Academy so I will focus on this post on it (but know that StartupToDo is well worth too). Few will get to see the original version of Cuevox, but I will be the first to admit that if it was not for all the comments and discussions that I got from the Academy regarding my first attempt as well as my other product then the site could not have reached the stage it is in today. The best thing about the Academy is that you always have someone talking to you and answering you in the forums. If you ask me it is well worth its price (not to mention that they do offer a few things inside that make the Academy repay for itself at least through recovered expenses ).
So as a conclusion, I am not sure where this path will lead but I am excited to find out and cant wait to build some great stuff. And in case you are thinking of following in the micropreneur path I suggest you give the Academy (and StartupToDo) a try, I doubt you will regret it.