So what if it’s not a new idea?

Ecclesiastest 1:9b says, “There is nothing new under the sun.”  The Barenaked Ladies have a song called “It’s All Been Done“. Some people think that doing something that’s been done isn’t worthwhile.  In the last few weeks, I’ve seen multiple people who were trying to think of app ideas talking about how all the ideas were taken. How could they compete with their own app when they’re up against giant corporations that can fund whole teams to develop something?

But you know what?  That doesn’t matter.  If there are two apps that do similar things, then there are two apps that do similar things.  The advice I have for those people is to think of it this way.  If there’s an app out there that does 1,000 things well, that doesn’t mean it’s a better app than one that does 100 things great.  Or even one that does 1 thing extraordinary. Especially if people aren’t using those 999 other things anyway.

Personally, I experienced this with Quidbit. It was the first app I released. It was a “list making app”, which is just kind of a common thing people do.  There are thousands out there. But I added some things that I felt were lacking.  For example, when entering items, I added a “Add More” button that would add but not leave the add dialog.  This allowed you to very quickly add a bunch of things. I made sure that deleting checked items was easy.

I wrote PTO Tracker because I didn’t like how the one that was in the Google Play store at the time functioned.

So whether you’re creating an app, a book, a song, a handmade craft, or anything else.  Just remember that just because it’s been done before doesn’t mean you should abandon your idea.  Just look for ways to figure out how you can improve your idea to be better.  Maybe it won’t be better for everyone (you can’t please everyone), but you definitely can make it better for some.

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