A couple of months spent in home isolation changed our lives and habits. Some of us quickly got bored in the house and started looking for some useful things to do. Let’s just be honest, it may be cool to lay in the bed all day binge watching your favorite shows or movies, but it is way cooler to do something productive. Almost every person has a list of to-dos that were waiting either for your free time or for your right mood. And now this moment finally came!
Quarantine itself implies minimization of social contacts. So whether you want it or not, you may face a situation when you need to make, repair, clean or cook something not knowing how exactly to do this. Chances are you will try either to google it or to look for a tip on YouTube. It is great to have such powerful sources of information at your disposal, but it is way better to rely on experience and advice of real professionals.
Wouldn’t it be great to become a part of online community of helpers and find all necessary tips in no time? Just imagine a convenient platform where you can find a profile of a professional and contact that person or watch some tutorials. And this all can be done in a couple of clicks. Fast, convenient and useful – a type of solution we all need in our lives.
So in this article we would like to share with you one great startup idea – skill sharing platform that unites professional from different spheres of life and people who need help.
Why develop your own skill sharing platform?
According to one of the recent researches, how-to videos turned out to be the most attention-grabbing. Around 86% of people all over the world search for videos demonstrating some skills and then try using accumulated knowledge in real life. So you should not have doubts whether building your own skill sharing platform is a good idea.
Just imagine how many users your new solution can attract. Taking into account small competition in the niche, you have all chances to make your idea work and bring you a stable income. One more advantage of a skill sharing platform over all other solutions and sources of information is that you can get in touch with the real person and discuss your particular task or challenge.
Skill sharing platform can help to create a community of people with very sector-specific skills. So the users of your platform can ask for an advice anyone starting with interior designers, photographers and carpenters, and ending with musicians and farmers who crop some specific cultures.
Now when the people all over the world are put in quarantine and make the most of their devices, it is the best time for you to build and launch your own application.
How to find a right developers team?
If you have serious intentions to build a skill sharing platform, the first thing you should do is to find a suitable team of professionals. Software development is rather complex and it will include numerous stages starting from discovery phase (when your idea will be checked and shaped) and ending with the development, testing and release.
So it is crucial to find a team that will understand all your needs and requirements and will be able to release a functional solution in time. We have created a short list of recommendations for you that can help you with the decision making.
#1 Look for a team on trusted platforms
Check out Clutch or other reliable sources to take a look at the companies they mention. Surf through various categories and read short descriptions. This will help you to understand what hourly rage the specialists have, where the company is located, what its main specialization. You will also discover their minimum project size and will be able to visit their website to check out full rang of offered services.
You will also see that development companies from different countries tend to have different hourly rats. The American ones have the highest rates, the Asian ones – the owes, and European offer great price-quality ratio.
#2 Check out company website and portfolio
This will help you to understand whether the company works with the necessary technology stack and what projects they’ve already created. Wide variety of technologies that developers skilled at using will allow to make a high quality web or mobile application. Also don’t hesitate and write the companies that seem of your interest. You may ask them to provide you with some examples of their works, share their experience, etc. This is a normal price since you need to select the company that you are comfortable to work with.
Let’s take our company, Altamira, we have 9+ years of experience in delivering high quality apps. We work with a variety of technologies among which you will see the following:
|PHP, Yii2, Laravel, Symphony, Python
|Angular2+, Vue.js, Ionic, JS, React.js, AngularJS
|Android app dev
|Java, Kotlin, Android SDK, Gradie, Maven, Wear OS
|Swift, iOS SDK, REALM, SQL, ocket IO, CocoaPods, watchOS, tvOS
|Cross-platform app dev
|Flutter SDK, Firebase
#3 Read reviews from real clients
This is a real indicator of the company professionalism. If a team has a lot of good reviews, then you can choose it and start discussing your idea and deciding if you are going to choose this particular company. Where you can find all those reviews? First of all explore the company website and look for testimonials. Then Google the company and check the platforms like GoodFirms, Clutch, and others. Clients tend to leave reviews there and rate a company honestly. They also describe all pros and cons of their cooperation.
Features that will be appreciated by users
Even if you’ve already selected a team and have more or less clear expectations from your solution, you shuld definitely give a good thought to the options your platform needs. If you include a set of the most efficient features, then your platform will always have its users. So here are some ideas for you. When developing your own solution keep in mind these options:
What you should know about monetization options
Let’s say you’ve made a decision to create your own skill sharing platform. But what’s next? How are you going to make money and is there any way to make real use of your idea? We can assure you, that skill sharing platform can be a great money making solution but only if you think about your monetization strategy beforehand. We have already covered this topic in detail in our article. So we’d recommend you to read it right away.
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Taking into account how many info is related to monetization options and how easy it is to get confused choosing the right strategy, we decided to help you a little. We have thought about several good ways to monetize your skill sharing platform and we think that the most suitable would be:
The pandemic taught us all some important things – to do everything by ourselves, to expand our knowledge and master new skills. That is why skill sharing platforms are going to be our go-to tools. If you’ve been thinking about your own startup, then building such platform may be a good choice for you. This solution indeed has a huge growing potential.