Solo Entrepreneur Questions


4 Votes
2 Answers
1.71K Views
How can a single-founder (and no employees) provide fast customer support?

I'm a solo founder without any employees (revenues don't yet justify hiring someone).How would you manage providing timely support to customers? What are some tools and strategies to use?I run a...

asked Apr 15 '14 at 21:41
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Sandra Baldwin
22 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
798 Views
How to get out of a one-man show pattern and hire people?

I have been running a success site for the last 6 years by myself. Most of my revenue comes from AdSense and CPA offers. While I've had years in those past 6 where I could have easily hired one or...

asked Jun 12 '14 at 15:40
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Wilbert Wood
12 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
1.41K Views
Can you raise money from VCs if you're a solo founder and all your employees are ODesk contractors?

I have a solo founder (technical) who has hired 8 full time contractors on ODesk for my startup. We have launched an MVP and starting to get some initial traction.Would VCs reject such a startup...


1 Votes
0 Answers
712 Views
Advice for hiring employee #1 at a solo founder startup?

What are some challenges you've faced and advice for hiring your first employee at an un-funded, solo founder startup?I am about to launch my product and need to hire a sales person to help with...

asked Jun 17 '14 at 22:56
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Maria Fagundes
7 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
835 Views
Startups and anxiety: how do solo founders motivate themselves when things don't go according to plan?

Almost no one gets to realize their metrics of success when they launch their startup. It's a long, arduous journey which no one anticipates until they launch their product, only to find that...


1 Votes
2 Answers
819 Views
Well known one-man startups that have revenues / profit over $1M?

Are there any startups that are run by a single person (bootstrapped by solo founder with no employees) that generate revenues over $1M?

asked Jul 24 '14 at 17:55
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Melanie Dodson
6 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
972 Views
What are the skills that a solo co-founder must learn and balance between?

I'm currently a purely technical founder who is working on a SaaS application.What kind of skills should I also be learning on the side to become a better solo founder and make my startup a...

asked Jul 25 '14 at 20:27
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Lois Cooper
7 points

3 Votes
3 Answers
1.19K Views
Can a single person design, build, and scale a website on their own without any employees?

I have been looking for a co-founder for several months and haven't found anyone I click with. Rather than going to meetups and networking events to try and find one, I've decided to just learn how...

asked May 14 '15 at 12:59
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Paul Rodriguez
19 points

14 Votes
10 Answers
3.99K Views
Is it really that hard for "solo" entrepreneurs to succeed?

I've seen and heard in many websites, magazines and talking to people the same thing over and over again... A lot of people seem to agree that "solo" entrepreneurs don't have a chance to succeed....

asked Oct 10 '09 at 11:28
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Ricardo
4,815 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
1.58K Views
How likely is it for solo founders to raise seed-stage capital from top angels and VCs?

Are the odds against me for raising money unless I get a co-founder first? I'm a non-technical founder who is building a product similar to ThemeForst (a marketplace for designs).If two startups...

asked Apr 17 '14 at 13:12
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Mark Martel
9 points

4 Votes
1 Answers
1.24K Views
How to avoid procrastination if you have no co-founder?

When you are a solo founder with no employees, what do you do to avoid procrastination and always be executing? I have tried blocking access to all time-wasting sites in my router. But how do you...

asked May 5 '14 at 13:20
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Latonya Schindler
21 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
726 Views
How hard is to be a solo founder building a startup vs having 1-2 co-founders?

What are the top reasons to have co-founders that puts solo founders at a serious disadvantage?Should someone who already has an idea and close to finishing a basic prototype spend time looking for...

asked Apr 7 '14 at 15:40
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Wayne Waring
14 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
873 Views
Getting a co-founder at different stages of a startup: how to calculate equity at each stage?

If you're a solo founder and decide to add a co-founder at a later stage as you build the business, what should the equity be at these different stages: After building an MVP After getting a few...

asked Mar 31 '14 at 11:43
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Emmitt Wallace
14 points

0 Votes
2 Answers
1.01K Views
Solo founders: What title do you give yourself?

What title should you represent yourself with when you're a one-man show?

asked Mar 30 '14 at 16:41
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Marc Adrian
1 point

1 Votes
1 Answers
607 Views
Solo founder starting to hire for the first time. What should I know?

I'm a solo founder who wants to hire the first three employees. I decided to wait until my revenues would support hiring three people because just hiring one person would have felt a little awkward...

asked Mar 29 '14 at 02:25
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Abe Tang
6 points

0 Votes
2 Answers
663 Views
How to tackle an overwhelming task that you can't wrap your head around?

What are some ways to execute on a massive, overwhelming task (like marketing, for example) when you are a solo founder with no employees and no resources?

asked Mar 28 '14 at 18:41
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Michael Milne
4 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
721 Views
Solo founders, how do you keep from procrastinating?

I am building my startup from home by myself with a remote virtual assistant on ODesk. It's hard sometimes not to procrastinate and end up on Reddit or Hacker news. How do you keep your focus when...

asked Feb 6 '14 at 14:32
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Vilhelm Vida
16 points

1 Votes
0 Answers
742 Views
Solo founder success stories: why and how did you do it?

How did you overcome the cons of being a solo founder? Things like: Bearing the entire risk of the startup Harder to raise money from investors (YCombinator for example publicly states they don't...

asked Mar 10 '14 at 16:45
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Calvin Rodiguez
10 points

1 Votes
2 Answers
978 Views
Why is silicon valley, and YCombinator / Paul Graham in particular, opposed to funding solo founders?

I have been a solo founder my whole life and have managed to start several businesses without the need for outside funding. Yet, when I decided to explore my options and try to join an incubator...

asked Feb 13 '14 at 17:16
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User30118
6 points

0 Votes
3 Answers
478 Views
Venues in which to promote a product as a teenager

I'm fifteen, and I just created a product. I've got the code done, but I have no experience with the actually marketing a product. So, how can I, as a teenager with no money, promote my project....