How to Start Software Company
There are three little things you need when starting your own software company: a worthwhile project, programmers working on the same page, and loads of time.
It’s a fast paced world out there. Everyday, new markets are being created for software development, and many eager programmers are trying to wrestle the cash cow into the ground. Unfortunately, year after year, fledgling software companies crash into oblivion.
Here are a few pointers on how to overcome the odds and make you company as successful as it should be.
Start off with a worthwhile project. Although ideas of grandiosity are always welcome in the virtual world, starting a software company needs realistic thinking and level-headedness. After all, grandiose ideas are for free, but the budget it would need to fulfill those ideas would be enormous. Unless your name is associated with a funding of several millions of dollars or rhymes categorically like Bill Gates, you really need to start off with a simple project. ‘Simple’ is a relative term here, especially if you are dealing with seasoned software programmers. Usually however, simple ideas like upgrading a small working model or providing a faster system or basically anything that makes the present available technologies in the marker more friendly-user are seeds of worthwhile projects. If you are using a current technology, and you see some areas of the program that need more work done, or a better mode of usage, you could start on these.
A young man studying at the University of Helsinki thought that he could create a better operating system other than the one which was provided by the university’s academic environment. He eventually developed a better system, and the Linux kernel was born. What was the young man’s name? Linus Torvalds.
If you prefer creating your own software instead of restructuring an existing one, you need to do a lot of research beforehand. You have to ensure that your “project” has a niche in the software world, that it is an original concept, that there is no one else in the world working on such a project – or if there is a rival company with the same project in the works, you have to make sure that you can actually launch your product before this other company beats you to the punch. Although this can become a tedious research, the payback for such originality is great. Think html software which was an original concept back in its day, and now it is one of the most used software in the world.
You need to find programmers working on the same page. Brilliant minds have major advantages and major disadvantages, and this rule holds true with programmers of all levels. Encoding, decoding, testing and ultimately launching new software is a very tedious process. Unless all of your brilliant minds are working for the same goals at the same fervent energy, you will probably have a lot of bickering on your hands with little or no work done at all. Also, if you are apt to work with friends or colleagues, make sure that a hierarchy is established early in the company: an administrator or a manager will do fine. A software company needs to run as a business operation, and not as a college group assignment going on overtime. Your goal after all, is to create a company that will bank on the software you create; which would (hopefully) mean that once there are takers, you have income flowing in. Think of it as a business venture always.
Give your company time. Not all business ventures boom with its first introduction to the market, and a software company will certainly not shake the world once it has “formed” itself. Software, in particular, need a lot of time to write, construct, debug and successfully launch, so give your company time to test and retest whatever project you are developing. You have to put in mind though that time and money is ticking away for every moment that passes, so try to tighten your company’s purse strings during your research and development stages. Premature launching of software in the market is not only disastrous on your company’s reputation; it also costs time and money. However, aside from working against a ticking clock, you are also trying to keep one step ahead of your likely competitors.
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