You've been pondering an idea that you think can be the next Uber for weeks. So, what do you do? Here are the four steps you can take in order to help you with building up your idea.
Investigate Well Your Idea
The main thing you need to do with your idea is to investigate it well with thorough research. I remember there was a customer that invested a lot of time and energy having me do the Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA) before talking with me. When we at long last began talking, I immediately did an inquiry on the Apple App Store and discovered there were more than 25 similar mobile applications listed; he immediately lost passion for hunting this project.
To remember that it's not the end of the world if you get another application that does what you're trying to achieve. You simply need to make sense of how to make your application better than the already existing ones. Keep in mind, before Google there was Yahoo; Before Facebook, there was MySpace. It's less who goes to advertise first, yet rather who executes best.
While doing thorough research, you must look at the potential of the market. For instance, let’s suppose you had an app that was planned for veterinarians. A swift Google search shows that there are 90,000 veterinarians in the U.S. Nowadays, you just need to identify the market potential.
- Make a Storyboard AKA Wireframe
Presently, it's a great opportunity to put your ideas down on paper and build up a storyboard (or wireframe). This is where things become real and you put yourself in the shoes of the client. For example, what's the initial thing they see once they introduce your application in the market? The main screen takes you to the main menu; the client taps the top button, where does it take the client? And so on.
To make your wireframes, the designers must use a design tool known as Balsamiq. Also, send a PowerPoint template to the clients where they can either use PowerPoint's drawing tools or they can even print it out and draw it by hand.
The benefit of making a storyboard are:
- It builds up your idea
- You have something to appear as you try recruiting people or investors
- Gives guidance to your development team
- Initiate Feedback
When you complete your wireframe, initiate the feedback from potential clients. This is likely the most significant step. I see a lot of businesspeople develop a solution that nobody wants. This is basically early statistical surveying. After you get criticism, you may need to –
- Repeat and take the feedback you got and update your wireframe
- Rotate and take the feedback input you've received and worked on another idea
- Better to scrap a bad idea instead of working on it. It will only waste your time and money on an unsuccessful project.
Note: but, if you receive positive feedback from the clients, go on to the next step.
- Build up a Business Plan
Once you get a positive response for your wireframe, and if you really think that you have something viable, all you need is to just put together a business plan. There’s a debate about whether to build up a strategy or not.
I think it is a good practice since it compels you to consider several factors to start a business. You don’t need to do a traditional marketing strategy; many accelerators are training the Business Model Canvas which is a quicker and progressively agile procedure.
To conclude, once you follow these steps industriously to build up your idea, the next thing where most of the people get stuck while executing the idea is whether to build an app on Android vs iOS. So, I personally recommend you to read the blog- Which Platform is Right For Mobile App Development? - to have a better understanding of what you're facing and strategize in like manner.