Greetings all ,
I thinking this is a major issue that can benefit the community as a whole and those who face the same thing. My issue is that I have a good idea , without giving away my idea i'll put it like this. I need a website built , but not a blog , or static website. My idea needs a whole system built in the site , then a user interface , possibly even expansion into the mobile market.
Now the problem is I may have a decent understanding of HTML , PHP , Python ect. but nowhere near the level I need. As much as I would like to hire someone to do it , a job like this would probably cost couple hundred dollars , not that I don't have it , its just I don't know if its a good idea of to cash out on something which isn't guaranteed to be succesful.
So my question is how is one supposed to make an idea a reality at our age? Should I learn the languages myself and attempt to make it myself? Should I maybe talk to some developers and make a deal in which I pay them back in lets say 6 months time when the site takes off? Should I start a 50/50 partnership with someone who has the skills?
Let me know what you think and thanks for your time.
asked Jul 09 '12 at 16:29
And tomorrow the world? Have to say that if you know someone prepared to build a self-contained site of the sort you describe for a couple of hundred dollars I'd like to meet him or her! Multiply that by 10 for the initial cost and by 10 again for the maintenance and development and then you might have some idea of what it's really going to cost you and whether it's really such a good idea after all. I'm not saying that bedroom businesses never take off and hit the big time but the reality is that something like 2/3 of start-ups fold within 3 years (possibly even more than that in internet based businesses) and what you really don't want to do is go into it half-cocked.
answered Jul 09 '12 at 17:43
That's a difficult question to answer.
With the backing of a parent or guardian you could get as much accomplished as anyone. It would be wise to cover yourself so that you could pitch your idea without fear of losing it. A lot of young people get together and throw in on all kinds of projects with some surprising results from time to time. That's about the best I can do.
answered Jul 09 '12 at 17:09
Dude there is an excellent channel on youtube called mlwebco(youtube/mlwebco), the guy recently posted a video on topic "real web designers ship" and while its true that u can "NEVER" learn every area of the web u at least have to ship out your product infront of the world with skills that u know and update ur work as u learn more, thinking and planning will never take u anywhere as u will never be close to perfect to the goal u wish to achieve with regards to quality of your site(or stuff u intend to build)
Watch this guy's video and u ll be blown aways by the quality of advice he gives specifically to web designers and beginners, cheers!
i suggest going to a good web design or web development school(whatever topic u choose), it takes a good 1 year to train yourself "adequately" to dabble into professional world, and dude "u can do it", if not go to school then u can take online courses at lynda(dot)com, an amazing website for software learning, u ll be amazed by the quality of stuff there and almost every vital topic is covered there.
you are young, master a skill and you ll go long way, i see you are geek like us willing to learn n grow u ll have much better income if u go that route of good education and then enter professionalism, also ask ur parents n elders!
and stick to one thing in life it ll really pay u well.
Thank you all to those who have replied , but I would like to tell you about a few more things. Actually without seeing your replies , I started exploring and working on the graphic design side of it. I believe of couple dozen of hours , I am now able to design quite the advanced sites. At least , now I have found a skill I can use , and then maybe partner with another person who is able to code. In fact, I have found someone who is happy to do it all for about 300 pounds , plus maintain it for about 5% of the site profits. I think it's quite a good deal , however , I can save myself the money and do a 50/50 deal with him. About the wordpress , I have been using the internet for 7 years now so I do know what it is , and I have a couple websites on it. Don't get me wrong , its a VERY powerful tool for everyone from CEOs to hobbyists , yet what I would like is a standalone system , if this was possible to build on an already existing CMS , perfect. It would be easy to ask my parents for the money , however , I want this to be my project , so therefore I want to come up with the money myself. I would also like to make clear I recently turned 15 , so I'm not quite going to be going to college yet , as much as I would like to. Well , other then that , I don't have much to add. So thank you all SO much for the time and effort you put into replying my issue , I'v got some good ideas now , and I'v got a skill that I can use to be of actual use to a partner.
Once again , THANK you all!
P.S @bharatkumargupta , I'm going to be checking that channel out , cheers.
answered Aug 06 '12 at 07:48