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  • Justin Jackson is the co-founder of Transistor.fm, a successful bootstrapped podcast hosting company. The journey building Transistor were documented on the Build Your SaaS podcast, which is a must listen. Justin is the founder of the MegaMaker community which he started in 2013, so if you're part of the maker sphere - you'll probably have heard of him.

    In this episode we cover:

    What is Transistor and why did they start itWhy work in podcast hosting? Was it not already a solved problem?How did they get the first few customers?What's next for Transistor?What's it like having "made it" as an indie hacker?What challenges does Justin run into?Should you just get a job at a tech company or run your bootstrapped co?Why bootstrapping is not a level playing fieldWhen you should quit your jobAddressing mental health as an entreprenuer

    Recommendations

    Book: Life ProfitabilityPodcast: Software SocialIndie Hacker: Derek Sivers

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  • Ben Stokes a full stack developer and entrepreneur based in Bristol in the UK, who's started an ice cream business and cookie dough business amongst other things. Ben, like many indie hackers, has a bunch of small side project ideas, but not enough time to do them. So he started Tiny Projects. Tiny Projects documents his progress with these small ideas, launching 6 projects since May last year, including One Item Store, which he sold, and his most recent, Mailoji, which has just crossed $10k in revenue.

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    Thank you to today's sponsor, VEED.io, who are hiring developers, designers, product people and more. So if you're looking to join a growing bootstrapper-friendly business, reach out to their CEO, Sabba (s@veed.io), or take a look at their published roles here.

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    What we covered in this episode:

    Why Ben started an ice cream businessBuying an ice cream machine for £700 after a few pintsGrowing a cookie dough business to £13k a monthWhy Ben started Tiny ProjectsThe six projects he's worked onHow to sell a project for $5,000, that only made $2Selling $10k of emoji domain namesHow to go viral on hacker news

    Recommendations

    Book: Shoe DogPodcast: Product JourneyIndie Hacker: Alex West

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  • I've never really understood mental health, or those who have had these challenges in the past. So when I've had my own challenges, I've struggled to comprehend what has been happening to me. This episode is hopefully an interesting insight into how I've been feeling over the past few months to hopefully help others who might be going through a similar thing.

    Here's some things I talk about:

    Where I've beenOverworkingWhat went wrongWhy I didn't notice a problemWhy family and friends are so importantThe supportive indie hacker communityYouTube videos are hardBurnout / depression are real shittyMy future plansHow I'm going to get out of this mess

    I mentioned in the pod I'd been making videos about my motorbike, here's a few links if you'd like to watch:

    Here's the YouTube channel, Monkeying AroundThe video I spent 5 hours onMost recent video

    and here's how to contact / support me:

    TwitterEmail - james@mckinven.coIndie Feast Membership
  • Today I'm joined by Danny Miranda, who is the host of The Danny Miranda podcast, which has rapidly grown to over 50,000 downloads in less than 6 months. He publishes 3x a week and has had some awesome guests including Harry Dry, Gary Vee and David Perell. Danny is a walking case study of shooting your shot, making your own luck and having laser focus on one single thing.

    But this episode isn't going to be about podcasting specifically, we're going to talk about how consistency, compounding and execution can lead to you making progress in your personal projects or entrepreneurial ventures. I think you'll be inspired by Danny's story.

    What we covered:

    Who is Danny Miranda?Why Danny started out dropshipping? and what stopped him from pursuing that?How did the podcast come about?Why podcasting isn't that saturatedWhy Danny committed to 100 episodes when he startedThe unintended benefits of podcasts?Why laser focus and consistency is the key to Danny's growthHow Danny switched from a starter to a finisherHow to stop context switchingWhy accountability is the key to motivationShort term vs long term thinkingWhy the 75 hard program had so much of an impact on DannyDanny's plan to make money with the pod!

    Recommendations

    Book: Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On ItPodcast: Modern WisdomIndie Hacker: Steph Smith

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    Thanks to this episode's sponsor, Churnkey

    It can be a huge challenge to keep churn down when your SaaS product starts to see traction. The founders of Churnkey know exactly how much of a challenge this can be, having collectively grown three SaaS companies to over $4m in ARR.

    They realized that they were thinking about cancellations all wrong. A relationship with a customer doesn’t stop with the “Cancel” button. So they built Churnkey, which reduces churn by up to 42% with custom cancellation flows. For every customer who clicks “Cancel,” Churnkey offers up dynamic offers that encourage customers to stay subscribed.

    Just connect Stripe and plug in a small bit of code. In minutes, you’ll be reducing churn by immediately unlocking subscription pauses, dynamic offers, and cancellation insights.

    See how much revenue Churnkey can recover for you. Visit churnkey.co to start your free trial.

  • Derrick Reimer is the founder of SavvyCal, a new approach to calendar scheduling and has grown to multiple thousands MRR since he launched it earlier in 2020. Derrick also co-founded Drip with Rob Walling in 2012, which was acquired by Leadpages in 2016. You might have heard Derrick on the Art of Product podcast with Tuple co-founder Ben Orenstein where they document their journey building their products.

    Get ad-free and extended conversations of the podcast with Indie Feast membership, for just £4 a month.

    What we covered in this episode:

    What is SavvyCal?What problem is it trying to solve?Why go into such a crowded market?A nice market or crowded one?The advantage of being a solo founder or small team vs larger competitionHow long did Derrick build before launching the MVP?How much growth has come from pre-existing audience?What goes into a good Product Hunt launch?When should Indie Hackers bring marketing support on?What marketing tactics can you employ?How does TinySeed funding work?Should other founders look for this type of funding?Art of Product podcast

    Recommendations

    Book: The Mom TestPodcast: Software Social

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    Thanks to this episode's sponsor, Churnkey

    It can be a huge challenge to keep churn down when your SaaS product starts to see traction. The founders of Churnkey know exactly how much of a challenge this can be, having collectively grown three SaaS companies to over $4m in ARR.

    They realized that they were thinking about cancellations all wrong. A relationship with a customer doesn’t stop with the “Cancel” button. So they built Churnkey, which reduces churn by up to 42% with custom cancellation flows. For every customer who clicks “Cancel,” Churnkey offers up dynamic offers that encourage customers to stay subscribed.

    Just connect Stripe and plug in a small bit of code. In minutes, you’ll be reducing churn by immediately unlocking subscription pauses, dynamic offers, and cancellation insights.

    See how much revenue Churnkey can recover for you. Visit churnkey.co to start your free trial.

  • Natalie Nagele is the co-founder of Wildbit, the company behind Postmark, Beanstalk, People-First Jobs and more. Wildbit has just turned 20 years old, so Natalie knows exactly what it takes to grow and scale successful bootstrapped businesses. What makes Natalie so interesting to me is that she’s in the group of seriously successful indie hackers (over 100k customers, around for 20 years, pretty large team etc.) and they’re still indie very much living by their own rules.

    What we covered in this episode:

    What would you tell yourself 20 years ago before starting Wildbit?How do you find work that you enjoy and fulfils you?How much time should you spend on hobbies vs your business?At what point is a hobby a business and vice versa?How to get into deep workCal Newport, Deep WorkHow many hours you can actually work in a dayHow much should you work on your business?Why you need to take time to step back and thinkHow much is Natalie working now?How do you fit work in with the stuff you enjoy?Work life balance

    Recommendations

    Book: Anti-fragilePodcast: 99% InvisibleIndie Hacker: Chris Savage + Brendan Schwartz

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    Thanks to this episode's sponsor, Churnkey

    It can be a huge challenge to keep churn down when your SaaS product starts to see traction. The founders of Churnkey know exactly how much of a challenge this can be, having collectively grown three SaaS companies to over $4m in ARR.

    They realized that they were thinking about cancellations all wrong. A relationship with a customer doesn’t stop with the “Cancel” button. So they built Churnkey, which reduces churn by up to 42% with custom cancellation flows. For every customer who clicks “Cancel,” Churnkey offers up dynamic offers that encourage customers to stay subscribed.

    Just connect Stripe and plug in a small bit of code. In minutes, you’ll be reducing churn by immediately unlocking subscription pauses, dynamic offers, and cancellation insights.

    See how much revenue Churnkey can recover for you. Visit churnkey.co to start your free trial.

  • Elston Baretto is the founder of Tiiny.host and is in a similar position to most indie hackers - working on his side-project alongside a full time job, but has had a career packed with learnings that we're going to talk through in this episode. Elston started out his career at JP Morgan, having reluctantly accepted a graduate job he planned to stay at for 6 months. 4 years later, he was still at the conglomerate bank, but he wasn't satisfied staying there for the rest of his career.

    While at JP Morgan, Elston launched a few side-projects, some of which still make revenue today, but decided to leave to chase the startup dream. Fast forward a year and the startup dream was over, a company with 14 employees but little traction - sound familiar?

    Elston went back to work full-time while he figured things out. In January 2020, he launched Tiiny.host, a super simple way to host your projects. After launching, he made $1,000 in just 3 days using lifetime deals and is now chugging away nicely as a side project.

    What we covered in this episode:

    What is Tiiny Host and why did Elston start itHow he made lifetime deals work for his launchWhy Elston has put marketing first for Tiiny HostSetting goals for your indie hacker businessHow Tiiny Host got 150 sites a day being created from free SEO pagesHow has he made marketing funDoing side-project marketingElston's plans to go full-time

    Recommendations

    Book: TractionPodcast: Tim Ferris ShowIndie Hacker: Sabba Kenyejad

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    Thanks to Weekend Club for sponsoring Indie Bites.

    ‘I absolutely love being part of Weekend Club.’

    ‘Huge fan of Weekend Club and I love being part of it.’

    ‘Absolutely love this community.’

    These are real testimonials for Weekend Club - the internet’s most helpful community for bootstrappers. If you’ve ever struggled meeting other solo founders and staying accountable, then this is for you.

    We offer weekly Saturday deep working sessions with up to 30 bootstrappers, such as the founders of Simple Poll and VEED, an active Slack community and over 100 software discounts.

    Go to weekendclub.co and enter a very limited promo code ‘Indie Bites’ for 50% off your first month.

  • Marie Poulin is the host of Notion Office Hours, creator of Notion Mastery, Run Your Learning Launch, Digital Strategy School, Think Like a Digital Strategist, and co-founded Oki Doki with her husband, where they help folks create, launch, and market online courses and training programs.

    What we covered in this episode:

    What is Notion Mastery and why did Marie start it?The impact YouTube had on growthHow the course earned $10k in the first weekWhy Marie doubled down on the course as her main projectWhy it's important not to be a perfectionistWhy niching is importantHow 80% of Marie's course revenue came from YouTubeHow to make the most out of NotionHow to enjoy the work you doMaking $10k extra a month with Gumroad templates

    Recommendations

    Book: Do More Great WorkPodcast: This Is UncomfortableIndie Hacker: Anne-Laure Le Cunff

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    Thank you to this episode's sponsor, ilo.so!

    You probably know that Twitter is an incredibly useful tool for us as indie hackers, but sometimes Twitter's in-built analytics tool doesn't quite give you the metrics that really matter. Dan Rowden, from Indie Bites episode 17, has created the most useful analytics tool for Twitter, giving you the metrics that actually help you understand your tweet performance and grow your audience.

    With one glance, ilo helps you easily see which kind of tweets get more impressions, likes, profile clicks and more so you can get grow your Twitter audience.

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  • Arvid Kahl is a software engineer turned entrepreneur. He co-founded and FeedbackPanda, an online teacher productivity SaaS company, with his partner Danielle Simpson. They sold the business for a life-changing amount of money in 2019, two years after founding the business. Arvid writes on TheBootstrappedFounder.com because bootstrapping is a desirable, value- and wealth-generating way of running a company. In over a decade of working in startup businesses of all sizes, Arvid has learned a thing or two about what works, what doesn't, and how to increase the chances of building a successful business.

    Get the full, 60 minute conversation with Arvid here with the Indie Feast membership.

    What we covered in this episode:

    The Feedback Panda storyWas the ambition to sell the company from the start?Built to Sell, John WarrillowWhat Indie Hackers can learn from Zero to SoldWhat happens once you sell a business?Why settle on the format of a book?Why didn't Arvid make his book free?How to find a critical problem in a market that's willing to payTips for going into a crowded marketHow to to find your audience

    Recommendations

    Book: The Mom TestPodcast: Indie HackersIndie Hacker: Sergio Mattei

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    Today we have Embarque.io supporting the show! Embarque is run by a fellow indie hacker and has just crossed 6 figures in revenue. Embarque is an agency that offers productised SEO content that converts.

    It blew my mind when Julian told me about the growth their client MentorCruise had from the SEO content, resulting in 107% increase in MRR, 100% increase in monthly trials and a 114% increase SEO traffic. My word, wouldn't you want those kind of results for your indie business.

    Go and check out what Embarque are offering at Embarque.io and get $100 off your first package with the code 'INDIEBITES'.

  • Today we're joined by Philip Kiely, who is currently Head of Marketing at Gumroad. Philip also launched "Writing for Software Developers" last May, making $20,000 in sales in its first week without any pre-existing audience. Since then, Philip has been on a mission to help as many software developers as possible realize that they possess the skills they need to become great writers.

    What we covered in this episode:

    Why Philip wrote 'Writing for Software Developers'How Philip made $20k in 24 hours with no pre-existing audienceShould you do pre-sales if you're selling an info product?How Philip got his job at GumroadWhy there has been a boom in the creator economyWhy choose Gumroad as your selling platformWhere a new creator should start when selling a productWho made the most money on Gumroad in 2020Gumroad Stats 2020

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    Thanks to Weekend Club for sponsoring Indie Bites, which is launching in the US this week!

    ‘I absolutely love being part of Weekend Club.’

    ‘Huge fan of Weekend Club and I love being part of it.’

    ‘Absolutely love this community.’

    These are real testimonials for Weekend Club - the internet’s most helpful community for bootstrappers. If you’ve ever struggled meeting other solo founders and staying accountable, then this is for you.

    We offer weekly Saturday deep working sessions with up to 30 bootstrappers, such as the founders of Simple Poll and VEED, an active Slack community and over 100 software discounts.

    Go to weekendclub.co and enter a very limited promo code ‘Indie Bites’ for 50% off your first month.

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  • Dan, like many other indie hackers, runs a bunch of projects alongside a full-time job which all compound to him making over $5k a month. In 2012 he started Magpile, a free online resource about magazines, which was followed by Subsail, a platform to help indie publishers sell magazine subscriptions.

    Earlier this year Dan started using the publishing platform Ghost, which he then started to build a suite of products around, now including:

    Gloat; a productised service for hosting and self hostingCove; a commenting tool for Ghost blogsSubstation; a theme for Ghost

    Dan also launched ilo, a better analytics platform for Twitter a few months ago, which has earned over $6k in revenue since launch.


    What we covered in this episode:

    Why Dan lives in MauritiusWhy choose multiple projects over doing just one?How do you manage your time with 3 kids, a wife and a full-time job?Why Dan isn't too worried about 'growing' his side projectsThe pros and cons of working on your side project with a full-time jobNot worrying about the money your side project earns - does it take the fun out of it?Why is Dan so bullish on Ghost?Why having a 'suite' of products is complimentary to each otherGetting a 75k acquisition offerAwesome thread on the $75k offerWhat were the options?Being prepared to sell your projectsBuilding an alternative to Twitter analytics

    Recommendations

    Magazine: CourierNewsletter: Dense DiscoveryPodcast: StartupIndie Hacker: Justin Jackson

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    Thanks to Weekend Club for sponsoring Indie Bites, which is launching in the US this week!

    ‘I absolutely love being part of Weekend Club.’

    ‘Huge fan of Weekend Club and I love being part of it.’

    ‘Absolutely love this community.’

    These are real testimonials for Weekend Club - the internet’s most helpful community for bootstrappers. If you’ve ever struggled meeting other solo founders and staying accountable, then this is for you.

    We offer weekly Saturday deep working sessions with up to 30 bootstrappers, such as the founders of Simple Poll and VEED, an active Slack community and over 100 software discounts.

    Go to weekendclub.co and enter a very limited promo code ‘Indie Bites’ for 50% off your first month.

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  • Dianna Allen is the founder of TERRA, a DTC candle brand, where she designs and hand pours a variety of candles. In October 2020, Dianna left her life as a freelancer behind to put her efforts into TERRA full-time, which as we all know, is a huge leap to make.

    What we covered:

    Should more indie hackers work on physical products?What happened with Budget Meal Planner?Should more indie hackers kill projects more often?Does turning a passion into a business take the enjoyment away?What was the breakthrough moment with TerraMaking the leap going full-time with your businessWhy Dianna went straight intoHow do the economics of a physical product business work?How Terra was started with just $100Using Instagram for 99% of growthThe hardest part of running a physical product businessHow to balance one-term purchases vs MRRWhy we should support more small businesses?

    Links

    Dianna's IH podcast episodeDianna's article on growing TERRA to 50k

    Recommendations

    Book: Shoe DogIndie Hacker: AJ from CarrdPodcast: Doesn't listen

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    Thanks to Weekend Club for sponsoring Indie Bites, which is launching in the US this week!

    ‘I absolutely love being part of Weekend Club.’

    ‘Huge fan of Weekend Club and I love being part of it.’

    ‘Absolutely love this community.’

    These are real testimonials for Weekend Club - the internet’s most helpful community for bootstrappers. If you’ve ever struggled meeting other solo founders and staying accountable, then this is for you.

    We offer weekly Saturday deep working sessions with up to 30 bootstrappers, such as the founders of Simple Poll and VEED, an active Slack community and over 100 software discounts.

    Go to weekendclub.co and enter a very limited promo code ‘Indie Bites’ for 50% off your first month.

  • Pat Walls is the founder of Starter Story, a website dedicated to helping people start businesses. They interview entrepreneurs from around the world about how they started their business and how they grew it, including revenue figures for every business they interview.

    But in this episode, we’re going to be discussing the new SEO course that Pat launched this week, making over $20k in pre-sales.

    What we covered

    20k in 2 weeks, how did you do it?How and why Pat started Starter Story?How he grew it to 500,000 monthly visitorsWhy Reddit can be a goldmine, but why Pat stopped using itHow Starter Story allowed Pat to go full-timeThe most insane story out of 2,000 postsBrumateD*ck at Your DoorUsing Twitter to validate an ideaExecuting on that ideaHow to price a courseThe benefit of building in publicHow to execute so quicklyHow to build an audience

    Recommendations

    Book: Deep Work by Cal NewportPodcast: Indie HackersIndie Hacker: Harry Dry

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    Thanks to Weekend Club for sponsoring Indie Bites.

    ‘I absolutely love being part of Weekend Club.’

    ‘Huge fan of Weekend Club and I love being part of it.’

    ‘Absolutely love this community.’

    These are real testimonials for Weekend Club - the internet’s most helpful community for bootstrappers. If you’ve ever struggled meeting other solo founders and staying accountable, then this is for you.

    We offer weekly Saturday deep working sessions with up to 30 bootstrappers, such as the founders of Simple Poll and VEED, an active Slack community and over 100 software discounts.

    Go to weekendclub.co and enter a very limited promo code ‘Indie Bites’ for 50% off your first month.

  • Today I’m joined by Rob Hope, who is a South African designer, developer and the host of one of my favorite podcasts out there for entrepreneurs Yo!. He's also the founder of One Page Love, Email Love, and has recently released an ebook with a hundred landing page tips. It's safe to say Rob knows his stuff. When it comes to building landing pages, having started One Page Love back in 2008.

    What we discussed in this episode:

    Have we lost the joy of simplicity?How to cut through the noiseWhat makes a good landing pageRob's mammoth landing page Twitter threadHow to write a good Twitter threadHave lots of projects at the same timeDo you have to make money off a side projectHow do you achieve freedom

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    Landing Page: MuzzleBook: Anything You Want by Derek SiversPodcast: Indie HackersIndie Hacker: AJ (from Carrd)

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    Thanks to Weekend Club for sponsoring Indie Bites.

    ‘I absolutely love being part of Weekend Club.’

    ‘Huge fan of Weekend Club and I love being part of it.’

    ‘Absolutely love this community.’

    These are real testimonials for Weekend Club - the internet’s most helpful community for bootstrappers. If you’ve ever struggled meeting other solo founders and staying accountable, then this is for you.

    We offer weekly Saturday deep working sessions with up to 30 bootstrappers, such as the founders of Simple Poll and VEED, an active Slack community and over 100 software discounts.

    Go to weekendclub.co and enter a very limited promo code ‘Indie Bites’ for 50% off your first month.

  • Mark Asquith (aka That British Podcast Guy) is the CEO of Rebel Base Media, the U.K. podcast tech company that makes Captivate.fm and so much more.

    What we discussed in this episode:

    What makes podcasting such a good mediumIs the amount of investment in podcasting (from the likes of Spotify) a good thing?Is podcasting oversaturated?What does it take to grow a podcast?How to stay consistent with producing your showHow Mark started out with his businessesBootstrapping the next venture

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    Book: E-Myth RevisitedPodcast: The Jordan Harbinger ShowIndie Hacker: Corey Haines

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    Thanks to Weekend Club for sponsoring Indie Bites.

    ‘I absolutely love being part of Weekend Club.’

    ‘Huge fan of Weekend Club and I love being part of it.’

    ‘Absolutely love this community.’

    These are real testimonials for Weekend Club - the internet’s most helpful community for bootstrappers. If you’ve ever struggled meeting other solo founders and staying accountable, then this is for you.

    We offer weekly Saturday deep working sessions with up to 30 bootstrappers, such as the founders of Simple Poll and VEED, an active Slack community and over 100 software discounts.

    Go to weekendclub.co and enter promo code ‘Indie Bites’ for a 30 day free trial.

  • Ramy Khuffash is the founder of Page Flows, a library of inspiration videos for product designers. Ramy started Page Flows after building a UI newsletter to thousands of subscribers, trying to improve his own skills as a developer who cares about design. Ramy is now a full-time indie hacker, with Page Flows making enough revenue to sustain him, alongside a few other side projects.

    What we discussed in this episode:

    Is the full-time indie hacker dream all it's made out to beWhy Ramy tried six startups in six months, was it a success?Do founders work on things for too long?Ramy's journey working for a VC backed startupHow it compares to bootstrappingWhat is Page Flows?How does it earn money?The trend of content / directory businessesHas he wasted his spare time?Why Ramy stopped sharing revenue numbers

    Recommendations

    Book: Hatching TwitterPodcast: Indie HackersIndie Hacker: Pieter Levels

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    Thanks to Weekend Club for sponsoring Indie Bites.

    ‘I absolutely love being part of Weekend Club.’

    ‘Huge fan of Weekend Club and I love being part of it.’

    ‘Absolutely love this community.’

    These are real testimonials for Weekend Club - the internet’s most helpful community for bootstrappers. If you’ve ever struggled meeting other solo founders and staying accountable, then this is for you.

    We offer weekly Saturday deep working sessions with up to 30 bootstrappers, such as the founders of Simple Poll and VEED, an active Slack community and over 100 software discounts.

    Go to weekendclub.co and enter a very limited promo code ‘Indie Bites’ for 50% off your first month.

  • Nick Fogle is the co-founder of Wavve and ChurnKey, but there is a lot more to Nick than just that. Wavve is an audio to video platform which has now hit $1.5m in ARR, but Nick has only left his full time job 3 years after starting the company and 9 months after it had eclipsed his salary. Why? Well, Nick had $250,000 student loans to pay off.

    What we covered in this episode:

    How Nick got into $250,000 of debtHow he felt in Christmas 2016 when he was looking at the massive numberWhat steps he took to get out of debt (he wrote a book about this)What advice he'd give to others in the same positionWhy he started Wavve, a video to audio platformHow the business grew to $1.5m ARRWhat it takes to work full time and run a businessWhy staying lean is so important for him

    Recommendations

    Book: Anti Fragile by Nassim Nicholas TalebPodcast: Reply AllIndie Hacker: Scott Hurff
  • Wilhelm Klopp is the founder of Simple Poll, a super simple (but powerful) poll Slack app that has over 600k active users. Wil now works on Simple Poll full time having left his job at GitHub in September 2019 (1 year ago 🎉).

    What we discussed in this episode:

    Hows the year been after leaving GitHubWhat is Simple PollHow Wil came up with the ideaHow he grew the app to 600k usersWhat he did to start charging for a free appThe danger of building for another platform (Slack)How he transitioned to work full-time on Simple PollWhat it's like being a full-time indie hackerWhy it's quite good having a job while working on side projects

    Quick fire answers

    Podcast: Art of ProductBook: The Great CEO Within Indie Hacker: Natalie Nagele

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    Thanks to Mugshot Bot for sponsoring Indie Bites.


    Mugshot Bot automatically generates unique, beautifully designed images for every page on your website or blog so you don’t have to worry about them. This means you can focus on what matters: building your product and creating great content.

    Mugshot Bot is a tool that I use personally and made by another indie hacker, Joe Masilotti.

    To level up your link previews, go to mugshotbot.com/indiebites, link in the show notes, to create an image for your site, completely free.

  • Mubashar 'Mubs' Iqbal is a prolific maker who has started over 90 projects. Currently Mubs is building Founderpath with Nathan Latka, and on One Hour SaaS where he spends one hour every day working on SaaS businesses.

    In this episode we talked about:

    How Mubs got into starting side-projectsHow he comes up with ideas and decides what to work onWhy some of his projects run on auto-pilotHow much it costs to run those that are on auto-pilotHow to sell side-projectsHow to build side-projects quicklyWhat Mubs most successful project has beenHow did Founderpath come aboutWhy Mubs started One Hour SaaS

    Recommendations

    Book: Built to SellPodcast: Indie HackersIndie Hacker: Ben Tossell

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    Thanks to Mugshot Bot for sponsoring Indie Bites.


    Mugshot Bot automatically generates unique, beautifully designed images for every page on your website or blog so you don’t have to worry about them. This means you can focus on what matters: building your product and creating great content.

    Mugshot Bot is a tool that I use personally and made by another indie hacker, Joe Masilotti.

    To level up your link previews, go to mugshotbot.com/indiebites, link in the show notes, to create an image for your site, completely free.

  • Rosie Sherry is a community builder, indie hacker and founder. She currently runs the Indie Hackers community and also a weekly newsletter where she talks about building communities. Previously, Rosie founded Ministry of Testing.

    In this episode we talked about:

    Rosie's background as an indie hackerGoing full time on Ministry of Testing, growing that into a £1m+ businessWhat it's like running the Indie Hackers communityWhat makes a good Indie Hackers postHow to make the most out of the platformWhy Rosie started Rosieland, her paid newsletterWhat goes into building a communityHow we can be a more inclusive community

    Recommendations

    Book: Anything from Derek SiversPodcast: Indie HackersIndie Hacker: Monica Lent

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