So I’ve been busting my ass for 19 mths to build a pretty decent product. I won a few competitions for the product. It’s taking much longer than I thought. It’s my 1st startup. I’m in my 30s. Overcame a ton of obstacles with finding a solid potential tech co-founder (my network is small) that never cane through. I overcame a huge learning curve to get it built on my own using dev contractors to this point (a pretty detailed beta) . I’m bootstrapping the entire thing and I’m exhausted.
The guys I have are solid technical but are offshore & have very little knowledge of front end UI & wireframe flow. I’m explaining, drawing, pivotal-tracking every minute detail & doing everything myself, from researching industry standards, processes, options, to sketching wireframes, fonts, design, servers, bandwidth, security, third party apis, trademark, licensing, ideal stack, Q&A, testing, everything.
I’m exhausted, family is looking at me like its taking too long, its b.s. and I’m a failure bc they can’t see it get off the ground. Others are mad at me because I haven’t taken their ‘unaccredited’ offers of investment bc I must be “greedy & don’t want to cut them in when”, really I’m afraid to take it bc i don’t want to risk my relationships & I don’t understand the full consequences of doing so.
I’m really emotionally tired of being super broke, not having money for basic bills, car broke down, health issues, social activities. I do this full time. My whole fam are younger corporate types with ‘everything’ on track. I walked away to do this bc I believe in this product & the social good that it can do. When I would pitch, people would always tell me how passionate I am.
I’m just overwhelmed & mentally exhausted with worry that I’m going to make the wrong decisions in this final stage before launch in establishing pricing plans or the UI and users wont ‘get it’ or I screw it up and it not be as successful as I believe it could be. I need this to work bc I take care of an elderly parent. At the rate these guys are going, it may take another few months.
So what would you do?