When you’re interested in starting a business one of the first words introduced into your entrepreneurial vocabulary is validation. Advisors want to drill that into your head. It’s like being a toddler, and your mom is trying to get you to say your first words and repeats it incessantly…
We hear so much about the importance of hustling every day to achieve our dreams, and it is, but what’s often overlooked is the less “glamorous” side of hustling.
I put that in quotations as if hustling is even glamorous at all, but we’ve romanticized it, everyone wants to say that they’re hustling, doing this and doing that, but we forget to highlight the importance of doing the mundane everyday tasks.
Situation: Poor contact in the Philippines. Speaks English intelligibly (not flawlessly). High school diploma. Young, good interpersonal skills, persistent. No other skills to speak of. Will work 4 hours/day for $1250 pesos/week (about $28 USD).
When you have a Startup idea, a preliminary step you should take, is to validate the idea. Don’t jump head first into creating it, which is what most people do. I’ve done it; I know the painful feeling of spending $10,000 on an idea that went nowhere.