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Using his social accounts and personal email contacts, Noah contacted friends and acquaintances he thought would be interested in his new potential service and asked them if they wanted to purchase (all before even having any product to sell).
Crowdfunding your idea as a product validation step also requires quite a bit of work and is more involved than the previous methods discussed.
Nothing beats actually making sales before sinking a lot of time and money into a business.
Noah Kagan from Sumo Me did just that when he was trying to validate his idea of a subscription beef jerky service.
Most crowdfunding sites will require you to have some type of prototype before creating your campaign.
Difficulty and Time Commitment Level: Easy Another simple and popular method to better understanding interest and demand is to set up a one page landing page with your value proposition and an email collection box.