5 Things I've Learned While Creating a SAAS

Written by Tony Lea

Howdy, my name is Tony and I am a web developer who loves to create things. In this article I want to share a few lessons I’ve learned during my path of creating a successful online business. I hope that this advice might help guide and motivate you on your journey.

Your First App Will Probably Fail

Here's the honest truth, your first attempt at creating a SAAS will not make you riches (in most cases).

Think about the first time you learned to ride a bike. You didn’t hop on your bike and immediately start riding. In fact you probably had to use training wheels, and after mastering your training wheels you could take them off and start riding.

The first few apps you create will be your training wheels as you learn new things and overcome challenges. Every failed app is a stepping stone to the successful one you create down the road.

It's totally possible to strike gold with your first app, but not in most cases. In order to get to the top of the mountain, you must climb a few hills first. This is why it's important to keep creating, keep building, and keep learning.

Push hard to make your SAAS successful, but be mindful of the stepping stones it takes to achieve that success and make sure to enjoy the journey.

Your App is Never Complete

While creating a SAAS application you will constantly be adding, updating, and even deleting some features. And the truth is that your app is never "fully" complete.

I spoke with someone who said, "I can’t wait until my app is complete so I can hire someone else to work on it while I manage the business". I feel that if you adopt this mindset you are setting yourself up to fail. If you build a successful app, you are an integral piece to the future success of that app.

What It really comes down to is you need to be prepared to run a marathon instead of a sprint because a good SAAS application is never truly complete. It should always be growing.

Your SAAS is like a pet. If you don’t nurture and feed it.
It will die.

Your App Needs a Blog

You need to get better at writing and blog about stuff related to your product. This is important for getting some SEO traffic and getting free visitors to your website.

You could always spend money on marketing and hope that you make more than you spend. But... In most cases, writing good quality content on your blog will yield a better long-term investment.

Get in touch with your inner author and write about sh*t you would find interesting as the reader on the other end. Make it fun and add some personality.

Build Your Funnel

I currently work for a company where we build the worlds largest people search engine. When a user lands on the homepage, they are asked to enter a first and last name. They will then be guided through a set of loaders and progress bars, which entices the user and gets them invested. It’s funny that all the loading bars are unnecessary, it would really take the app 2 seconds to give them a result of people, but because the funnel has been Optimized for maximum conversion these unnecessary loaders actually increase sales.

You will need to work on some form of funnel to entice your users to become customers.

The funnel is essentially the process of steps it takes a user to become a customer on your site. This includes small things like welcome emails, push notifications, and yep... even loader bars.

Your funnel does not have to be super elaborate, but you should have some form of a funnel in place.

A visitor if your website will probably bounce around a few pages, click some buttons, but eventually they’ll leave. If instead you were holding their hand along the way, guiding them through a funnel and to the pages you want them to see, they are much more likely to become one of your paying customers.

So, continue optimizing and building your funnel.

Love The Process

Don’t ever forget the excitement you felt when you were creating something new. Remember when you started brainstorming ideas and began turning those ideas into reality? That excitement you felt can help you remember why you are doing what you are doing.

You have probably met fellow developers who start “working on side projects”, but never have anything to show for it. That’s because it’s more fun to start something than it is to finish it. But if you rediscover the passion you had when you first started, you can push through those times when motivation is low.

Creating your SAAS application is all about the journey including all the excitement, passion, and challenges. When you find yourself at the bottom of a mountain, just remember to take it one step at a time and you will learn to love the process.

And... As you probably already know that when you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

Want to Learn How to Create Your Own SAAS?

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The Full Course

21 Days x 21 Videos

Checkout all the videos we will go over below:

Day 1
Day 1

Crafting the Idea

brainstorming, finding a domain, and creating a logo

Day 2
Day 2

The Landing Page

Create the email landing page for your SAAS

Day 3
Day 3

Making the Page Live

Let’s get our landing page live!

Day 4
Day 4

Creating our App

Let's create our Laravel application

Day 5
Day 5

Authentication

Learn how to quickly and easily add authentication to your app

Day 6
Day 6

The Dashboard

Create the dashboard for our SAAS App

Day 7
Day 7

Add Billing

Let's add some basic billing functionality to our application

Day 8
Day 8

Billing Plans

Let's add billing plans to our app

Day 9
Day 9

Switching Plans

Users will be able to switch their subscription plan

Day 10
Day 10

Billing Trials

In this video we'll add billing trials to our app

Day 11
Day 11

Invoices

Learn how to allow your users to download invoices

Day 12
Day 12

Cancellations

Learn how to let your users cancel their subscription

Day 13
Day 13

Stripe Webhooks

Learn how to add stripe webhooks to our app

Day 14
Day 14

Adding Support

Learn how to add a support section to your app

Day 15
Day 15

Announcements

Add site wide announcements to your SAAS app

Day 16
Day 16

Adding Pages

In this video we'll add dynamic pages to our app

Day 17
Day 17

Social Authentication

Learn how to add Oauth login to your app

Day 18
Day 18

SAAS Functionality

Learn how to add core functionality to your app

Day 19
Day 19

Setup Email

In this video we'll integrate the Mailgun email service.

Day 20
Day 20

Hosting

Learn how easy it is to host your SAAS app

Day 21
Day 21

Finishing Up

Finishing up with some marketing tips and laravel packages

We don't need no stinkin' badges! Well, it makes it more fun. So, yes you do!

Badges Section Screenshot

Earn badges each step of the way.

Each day you will watch a screencast as we create our SAAS together. After completing the day you will earn a shiny new badge. Creating your own SAAS is exciting, learning how to create it should be exciting as well!

Crafted for beginners and experts!

You’ll learn some of the hottest web frameworks!

During the creation of our SAAS we will use some of the latest web technologies such as Laravel and Tailwind. You’ll also learn how to integrate a ton of services!

Got a Question? We’ve got answers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of app will we be building throughout this course?

We will be building a learning platform SAAS application, but you can use these building blocks to create any type of SAAS application you can dream of.

What happens if I cannot finish the homework tasks assigned?

There's no rush in completing the tasks when creating your SAAS application. The next video will be available whenever you're ready to move on.

Do I have to wait a whole day to start the next video lesson?

Nope! If you have already completed your tasks for the day, you can jump to the next lesson whenever you're ready.

Have another question for me?

If you have another question for me, please feel free to send me a message here and I'll try and get back to you as soon as possible

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