Faced with a layoff, Ben Munat develops softwear
What the Business does: Bravauto is an idea for a software-as-a-service mobile app that my car-dealer frie
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.