IM Business Models How to Create Your Own Software
“Now, creating a piece of software is going to be a little more challenging than creating an information product.” (“How to Create Your Own Software – ContentXpress”) The question is just how much of a challenge you are willing to take on.
If you are going to create a mobile app, then assuming it is something simple, this will require a low investment and should be something most readers can accomplish. On the other hand, though, if your intention is to create a SaaS business model, this will involve a lot more work. (“How To Create Your Own Software”)
That is because creating software that can be a service will normally mean creating something that runs in the browser and is cloud enabled. In other words, people need to be able to log in from anywhere, edit files, communicate with others, etc. (“How To Create Your Own Software”)
This then means that your program is going to need to run on a server, which immediately makes things more complicated as now you will need to understand how servers work and you will need multiple coding languages to oversee what is going on behind the scenes (called the ‘backend’). (“How To Create Your Own Software”) You will also need to deal with customer complaints and potential errors and provide a service. This is not a passive model, and it has a much larger barrier to entry. (“How To Create Your Own Software”)
Of course, on the other hand, creating a SaaS model means that you have much more guaranteed income and potentially earn much more from each customer. Once again then, the best advice is to start with something much simpler like a mobile app and then to build up to bigger challenges such as a web app. (“How To Create Your Own Software”)
Either way, you are going to either need to learn programming or you are going to need to find someone who can help you do that. Once again, you can outsource the creation of your software by going to Elance and UpWork. If you are building a SaaS business, then note that you are going to need a ‘full stack developer’ which means that you are hiring someone who understands everything from HTML and CSS (which are used in web design) to PHP and Linux. (“How to Create Your Own Software – ContentXpress”)
“In other words, they need to know every stage of the coding process and each element that contributes to a smoothly running piece of cloud software.” (“How To Create Your Own Software”) If you cannot find a true full stack developer, then you will more likely need a team.
For mobile apps, finding a developer will be a bit simpler. Do make sure you see a sample of their work first though and for preference, try to choose someone who is in your local area so that you can work together at the same computer. (“How to Create Your Own Software – ContentXpress”) This will save you a LOT of time.
Doing It Yourself
“If you want to create your own software though, then what options do you have?” (“How to Create Your Own Software – ContentXpress”)
Unfortunately, this is a massive question and not one that can easily be answered here. Suffice to say that there are hundreds if not thousands of programming languages out there and the right one to learn will depend entirely on your skill level and the nature of your project. (“How to Create Your Own Software – ContentXpress”) To make an Android app for instance you will need to learn Java, as well as how to use the Android SDK. Conversely, if you are making a computer game for the PC, then the easiest strategy is going to be learning to use Unity which will require a little coding in C#.
“As mentioned, creating a web app is a huge undertaking and will require you to learn HTML and CSS along with PHP, Python or Ruby, several frameworks and more.” (“How to Create Your Own Software – ContentXpress”)
All this is not to say that learning to code cannot be done. Just recognize that there is no single way to do it and it will take time. If you are coding yourself then you must start with a simple project. Buy yourself a book, do lots of Googling and work towards something amazingly simple as a learning exercise to begin with. (“How to Create Your Own Software – ContentXpress”)
Another option is to use something like an ‘app builder.’ These are extremely limited in terms of what they can accomplish though and will not be suitable for most online business models. (“How to Create Your Own Software – ContentXpress”)
So, this option is a little harder than the last two. Still though, if you can create something useful and unique then you will have contributed to the web, and you can be enormously proud of that! And while unlikely, this has very real potential to make you extraordinarily rich! (“How to Create Your Own Software – ContentXpress”)
Best Wishes, Coyalita
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