As a service provider for Web and Mobile Solutions, we interact with many wannapreneurs on a daily basis. Initially it was exciting to discover/discuss new ideas but gradually we needed a way to filter the really serious ones. Below is a hack for it:
wannapreneurs (wp): I have this great idea and want to start development immediately.
me: Sure, we might be able to help with it. Please explain the idea.
wp: I want to create an X for Y industry. Do you have any experience in it? Can you help ?
me: Yes, we have worked with multiple startups in Y industry and have successfully completed quite a few projects. Our team members have good functional understanding of the industry. This is our understanding ——-
wp: Thanks. This helps a lot. Which technology should we use ?
me: We have implemented our earlier projects using A,B and C technology. However, we also have expertise on D,E and F. Final decision on the technology will be yours. Before we continue further discussions, we need to formalize your thoughts and have a document ready to understand the scope of work. It will help in proper estimation, planning and goal setting.
wp: Sure, i’ll get cracking on it and provide you the document by tomorrow EOD.
me: Do you require any help from my side ?
wp: Nothing for now. These inputs are sufficient for me to work on the document.
me: Sounds good. Looking forward to your email.
**2 weeks pass by – No revert**
*me thinking* What could I’ve done better to help the wannapreneur further ?
To gauge the seriousness of wannapreneurs, ask them to do the smallest of the task. If there is no revert – You’ve saved yourself from wasted efforts in fruitless discussions.
If the wannapreneurs return with a great outcome and same vigor – you have interesting potential client and the opportunity to work with genuine Entrepreneur.