Attention bootstrappers! Running a start-up can be fun, intimidating, hard, frustrating, and most of all tiring. The Apricot Computers team has spent some time figuring out the low-cost methods of getting our computers for sale to the Zambian market. Our ticket, 3D printing. An earlier post was written on how to “Cracking the Manufacture Factor” in which the topic on 3D printing was first brought up. This post detailed how a solution existed on building our computers locally.
The benefits are endless. Lowering the cost of storage, shipping, labor, etc.. It’s very helpful to understand how to boot strap your company. With resources that might not in your comfort zone. Ours was 3D printing. We value this particular technological resource since our imaginations can run wild with the new machinery. The important thing to realize is running your new business takes innovative thinking.
Creating something from the ground up is the beauty of startup’s. The challenges are endless though. Today, innovators are working on new apps, fin-tech., wearables, green/ clean energy, and many other interesting aspects of the future. The cool thing about doing something new and unique is being able to create something that never existed. That’s what we value at Apricot Computers. Having the ability to bootstrap sometimes takes guts. A message sent to me last week by Fiverr titled “Become a Digital Nomad in 2017”. This message really shows what creative-economy we are all moving into. You can read more at: Gig Economy News: Make Business Resolutions for 2017.
Bootstrappers, the fears of job loss, economic collapse, robots taking over, and other sky is falling rhetoric is just a figment of ones imagination. That’s not to say that losing a job is not real. But what we do with the circumstances in our lives should not plague us into a dooms day scenario. Bootstrap and to do what you love. Growing up in Florida, I’ve had many odd jobs which I didn’t see myself working in them for my entire life. I gained some good ones, learned from the experiences and moved on. This taught me that nothing in the workforce is really permanent anyway.
The video below shows our method of boot strapping our startup computer manufacturing business.
A lot of work was put into this activity. The box from REPRAP Guru arrived with no instruction manual, or much help. Although, they did place everything online which was beneficial. Initially, looking at the items. I wondered do I really want to embark on such a challenge. After spending the few hundred bucks though I realized that it shouldn’t be wasted. The amount to start learning how to assemble 3D printers is worth it. 3D Printers can be very very expensive when bought completely assembled. This arduous but worthwhile bootstrap will add some excellent skills to your repertoire.