I have been trying to select an industry for almost a week now but i'm really confuse on which industry to select. i'm a developer wanting to build a product that solve a problem, so i want to start by identifying the problem first before building anything.
My problem now is choosing an industry that will most likely pay for software -SAAS- and will be easy to connect and ask them their process.
Looks like you're making this more difficult for yourself then need be.
A good way to look at the problem your having (or to better organize your thoughts) would be to identify a market/industry that you're highly knowledgeable in and THEN identify a common problem throughout the industry.
Honestly, you're on the right track. One of the most 'effective' ways to go about this would be to talk to friends in unrelated fields (of your own) and find out what issues they're experiencing. Ask them what would make their daily life easier. What tools or program would magically solve some of their 'industry-related' problems.
Hope this helps point you in the right direction.
Thank you @William. Looking at the space or industry i'm in which is tech (software programmer), if i want to build a system around my space then i will have to face a lot of competition as people in my industry mostly will want to solve their problems by themselves.
I guess this left with option of asking my friends. i just ask a friend of mine in the travel agency industry, i may have to explore that industry a bit and see.
There are a number of persons seeking co-founders (including me). Perhaps you can see if any of the problems those businesses are trying to solve resonate with you and connect with those Founders. You may find a good fit.
You say that you're a programmer. In most cases, that means that you've been writing software for a given problem domain. In many cases, that domain is NOT software - it is home automation, billing, flashlights. Even if it is seemingly "software" (such as websites or apps), that software is probably concentrated in a few areas.
If all else fails, who can you talk with who uses software but does NOT do software for a living? Ask them about their problems.
I am also a programmer. I found that due to the professional as a programmer we are always good at solving a problem instead of finding a problem. You need to think out of the box. Forget about you are a programmer and start to observe the world from the different angel.
Thank you all. I appreciate your advice.
I have started gathering contact in the travel agency industry dealing with my local market first which is Nigeria.
I plan doing cold call but many said that cold call is difficult and they probably won't give me listening ear that i rather go knocking door to door. Please any advice on this?