There's a word that is absolutely key to startups. Momentum. Bwlb has plenty of it at the moment, and the trick is to maintain it. That can be challenging when you're a one-person operation, but, really, we/I wouldn't have it any other way. Plus, Bwlb is not really a one-person operation...
We have Matt, our lead developer, who, though freelance, has worked on Accordion ever since it was an early prototype. And I've been very grateful recently for the input of Nick Hilton, a podcaster and podcast journalist who has been working for Bwlb in a consultancy capacity recently. As a solopreneur, it is so useful to have someone objective with good knowledge and a sharp mind to bounce off.
Choosing who to work with is one of the best things about founding your own company. I recently re-connected with a former BBC colleague who has just started their own business, and I'm honoured to be their first client as they lead some timely user testing on Accordion.
Connecting is something I am putting time and effort into. I've never felt myself to be a natural networker but I see how crucial it is to giving Accordion the platform(s) it needs to develop and shine. I'm at the stage now where I need to show its potential to the world. That means talking to people. Being open. Going for it. Knocking on doors. Picking up the phone.
With a bit of luck, we could have Accordion appearing in some pretty cool places in the next few weeks and months. But no chickens are being counted yet. The good thing is that I have complete belief in its potential, and I think I'm able to get that across to potential partners.
When I explain Accordion to people, the most common reaction I get is... "Sounds great - I'd use it", and that's a massive encouragement. The encouragement fires the rocket, and what helps me point the rocket in the right direction is the support, coaching and resources I'm accessing via Business Wales' Accelerated Growth Programme (another thing I am very grateful for).
These are exciting times. That's a phrase I find myself using in every one of these blog posts. And that has to be good sign...