Solo Business Stories: Software engineer Ben Munat says finding niche important

Faced with a layoff, Ben Munat develops soft wear
Name of Business: Bravauto LLC and Ben Munat LLC

What the Business does: Bravauto is an idea for a software-as-a-service mobile app that my car-dealer frie

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Ben Munat, owner, Bravauto LLC and Ben Munat LLC

nd had. It would help him track his costs when buying cars at auction to help him not overbid. I started working on it when I was laid off last fall. I took the class to learn some small business concepts, but also because I was interested in trying to get into software consulting, hence forming Ben Munat LLC.

Years in Business:  Neither are starters really. I’m actively seeking a full-time job again. However, I will keep working on the app and hope to get it to a point where we can try to get some beta users into it and see how it goes. Also, I will be keeping an eye towards getting into consulting as I go forward in a new full-time job.

What led you to do this business?  What were you doing before?  I’ve been a software engineer for 15 years. I still want to do that, but would also like to try my own software startup and doing consulting.

What class did you take from Jackie?  Encore/Solo Business Builders

What did you learn from Jackie?  I learned a great deal:

  • Finding a narrow niche is very important as is the waterbug model.
  • Great information about legal issues, accounting, financing, and marketing as well.

I think the thing holding me back from getting the consulting going is not yet finding my true narrow niche, but I will be keeping an eye out for that in the coming years.

Take Away/Lessons Learned/Advice:  Focus on figuring out that niche and how to find people who need it from day one.

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