Yesterday, I paid the first bill to kickstart this site $1500.
It feels more than good to know that it is officially underway and not just electric pulses shimmering arround in my head.
I am looking forward to the work week starting so that I can be in close contact with the project manager and together we can produce a clear sumize of where we are taking this. I have naturally very high expectations so I know I will be a difficult but rewarding person to work with.
When I asked for quotes for the full vision of my site, they were coming in between $20K and $50K
Obviously way out of my reach for the moment so I have had to strip back to the bare essentials to keep to my all encompassing budget of $7K
I have had to sacrifice 50% of my company to use the domain name I had my heart on. I am a firm believer that if you are going to commit to something big you should try do it right, right from the start and let nothing get in your way of getting what you truely want.
I do not really see giving up 50% as a loss. I weigh it up as a gain. I have gained a very credible partner, a successful entrepeneur, who wants me to suceed because it is equally his interest. This means that although I do not have leaverage to sell off a % of my company for future investment, if he sees my site working and traffic increasing, he will jump straight in and invest himself and commit teams of people to develop and increase our marketing strategy.
Also another big plus, because of his track record he will attract investors, if needed, much easier than I could on my own.
One really great thing when heading the start of something that has a chance of being used and appreciated by perhaps millions of people is that it makes you constantly feel like a kid the night before christmas lol
In other words, just by trying to do something that can have a great positive outcome you get a fulfilement of hope that is very rewarding in itself, much like the feeling you get in the days leading up to buying a new car or getting a new game etc etc. The excitement of anticipation is often better than when you have the thing you have been waiting for. Therefore no matter what the outcome when I launch this site, I will always be fulfilled with anticipation for the day that it takes off or for how many people will join etc etc and I doubt that that will change as an ongoing entity.