Week 6 – Time to design
This week’s working part was precisely 1/5th shorter and therefore we had to be quicker by 20%. Effective team workshop on Monday definitely helped to prepare us for it. We had a talk from our sponsors who shared how powerful data analytics, AI and machine learning can be. It’s also the time to start designing our potential solution, because more than 30 customer interviews have given us consistent pain points that we want to relieve.
Initially, we decided to design a solution with an industry which we assumed will have >50% self-employment rate. We visited around 10 beauty salons and learnt that Wellington’s CBD doesn’t have a high rate of self-employed beauty specialists in their salons (to be more precise, our success rate in finding a self-employed hairdresser salon was 10%, or we didn’t visit the right ones). So we decided to change our focus which might not be tied to one specific industry and instead design a solution together with self-employed people who work at a computer.
We receive huge support from our mentors who share fresh ideas with us, provide us with a direction when we feel lost and motivate us to achieve our goal – make it easier for self-employed New Zealanders to deal with government obligations!
The working week ended with a nice and fun family evening held at our premises where our cohort’s families could see where their loved ones are spending a significant amount of their time.
What’s next: complete the first version of our solution’s design and share it with self-employed people. If you want to be part of our pilot and are a self-employed person / contractor / 0-employee business, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and let’s design an awesome solution together!
What we learnt this week:
- It always helps to talk through ideas with somebody who isn’t from your team.
- We are doing this not because it is easy, but because it’s hard.
- It’s better to make a decision quick (even if it’s the wrong one).
We are looking forward to presenting our first designed version of our potential solution next week. Happy Easter, everyone!