I'm building https://upgrades.to and will be streaming the entire process on twitch daily. Any ideas/suggestions on the business side? How can I make the product profitable?
Idea: Community curated upgrades for your gear. (Something like product hunt for tech upgrades.) Challenge: 100% live coded.
I was initially thinking affiliate marketing, but seems a bit restricted. What do you guys think?
Does Apple optimize (make faster) an app when it is uploaded to the app store? I believe I had heard or read somewhere after you submit your app to the app store it is made much faster. Is this true?
Mailing list: charge or not to charge?
I have a question about my mailing list.
About 5 months ago I started my project called "SaaS Idea" - the SaaS boilerplate for fast SaaS development. To find more potential customers and share my ideas on SaaS apps I created the email series called "SaaS Ideas Weekly" - now it has more than 350 subscribers, the average open rate...
Giving back to the community: This Week - B2B Influencer Marketing Strategy.
In 3 simple steps, I'd show you how to reach 100k audience in your industry, with expected seniority level, filtered by location.
Please send me through your details as well as:
Company name / Website
Your target audience industry / location / seniority level / company size / any other preferences
Your prime competi...
Does anyone know of an app that allows you to bookmark a section within a podcast/audio book? One that's agnostic to your podcast and audio book platform. If not, will someone please make one for me. Haha! If you do make one, will you please include a feature for voice command. I drive a lot and listen to pods/books....it would be awesome if I had the app running in the background and said &qu...
Any Indie Hackers from Amsterdam ❌❌❌ 🇳🇱?
It would be nice to organize some meetup.
Social Proof Widget?
Do y'all use social proof widgets (Fomo, Use Proof, etc...) on your product pages?
Is there space in said market for a lower priced offering targeted at Indie Hackers who are willing to handle a bit more technical setup work?
Show IH: gramchat - A live chat tool for indie hackers
Link to gramchat: https://gramchat.me/
As a Indiehacker myself I am always interested in finding new ways to serve my customers better and thereby grow my product. An important feature I found customer demanding is a live chat for support and presales.
The other solutions I found do have at least one of the following problems:
Hi. I've made this free Sketch plugin for computer-generated people faces placeholder using 'This Person Does Not Exist' site https://www.producthunt.com/posts/thispersondoesnotexist-for-sketch
Have a great weekend everyone!
Hi folks, I need to add a subscription management solution to our SaaS products that as of today work via invoices. I’m aiming at having as less development work as possible.
I’m talking about services like ChargeBee, Recurly, Zoho Subscriptions, Zuora, Chargify, ServiceBot etc..
I’ve looked at many solution, but every of them keeps having some downsides or needs workarounds.
I’ll give you some of...
Entrepreneur Porn (TV / Movies)
What are good movies or TV shows about entrepreneurship?
I am going start with the obvious ones:
Silicon Valley - TV show - in particular the first seasons
The Social Network - great movie about the start of Facebook
#ShowIH: Server Hunter - Easily browse over 11,000 VPS, VDS, and Dedicated Servers
Hello! If you have time, please do check out our website.
It would be nice to hear thoughts of fellow Indie Hackers about Server Hunter:
You may also suggest hosting providers that are missing in our database:
Thank you so much!
Sunday Edition: Retro!
Take the time to reflect on your week. What's gone well? What can be improved?
To join in:
01 Share your epic (a big chunk of work with a meaty objective) you'd like to complete by the end of February.
02 Share your triumphs over the last week.
03 Share the concerns you've uncovered over the past week.
04 Share whether you're on track to achieve your epi...
Hey Indie Hackers!
This past week I joined my first tournament over on Pioneer.app (https://pioneer.app/join/copypaste.club) & finally started work on solving a problem I have been thinking about for some time.
‣ Published my first Medium article detailing how I removed myself as a bottleneck during an internship at a tech startup & set them up to save $38 400.00 in the ne...
Show IH: Open Shippers
For the past few months I've been working on Open Shippers (openshippers.io), a place for solo makers to build and ship projects in the open, publicly sharing their progress as they take their products from conception to launch and beyond. Makers will post daily standups, log decisions made, and provide general commentary about their projects in real-time while recei...
Hi folks, we're doing an IndieHacker meetup in Waterloo, ON this Thursday (Feb 21st) at 7:30 PM. So far, we have 6 people on board including myself but if anyone else wants to join, please feel free. If you know you're going to join ahead of time, please ping me to make sure we get a large enough table.
I have a questions for you: Do you think we need another slack bot that helps teams do remote (text-based) daily SCRUM standups, or is the market saturated?
In general, how do you think about creating a product that already has a bunch of competitors? (How much of a USP or special features do you need/want)
Thanks so much! (first post)
On what are you working this weekend?
SaaS for getting an overview of all (company-wide) projects?
Hi all! Me and my team was facing this problem in the last months for multiple times: We were not able to tell if another team in our company built/is about to build a solution for a specific request that we got.
We had no overview about all projects of our company. Some teams were using Trello, some were using Taiga, some didn't use a p...
Ask IH: Anybody needs Meetup/Eventbrite alternative for a simple RSVP tool?
Solo developer without design or marketing skills. I'm building a SaaS without a designer and marketer and would like to have someone to help in that aspect. Where should I go from here?
Created a video to show Statictastic main features. What do you think?
After reading https://clearfounder.com/how-to-diy-a-product-launch-video-with-no-experience-and-for-free/, I decided to follow the steps and create a video to Statictastic.
You can see the video at https://www.statictastic.com/how-it-works/
What do you think?
Tl;dr: Technical cofounder with an alpha version of a webapp, looking for another cofounder to take it to the next level for fun and profit.
For the last few months I’ve been developing the Get In Touch webapp. I spend 15-20 hours/week on it. You can check it out here, though, be warned, it’s still an alpha version, so there are still more bugs and usability issues than ther...
Built a tiny tool to monitor your cron jobs (uptime and running time).
3 teams are already using it I would love it if any of you are willing to test drive and give me feedback. checkout the tool at https://cronpress.io
I built www.emailkit.io for a friend who was finding it hard to clean up his email list(e-commerce) and too much bounce was hurting his delivery rate.
Would love it if any of you would be willing to test drive it and give me feedback to help improve the product or validate the same :)
Verify your email addresses for deliverability
Find email address at any company you want
Hi guys! :)
Just wanted to share the idea of single-use email addresses. Basically, start treating email addresses that you use when signing up for apps like passwords. They should be unique, generated and used only once. Store them inside a password manager. This protects you from leaking personal data (in case of personalized email address) and makes nearly impossible to hack into your accounts ...
I’m working on an idea and hoping to get some validation.
The product is a digital platform for contract, who makes it very easy to create, sign and store contracts.
Based on various issues, the desired contract is auto-generated.
E.g. Employment Contract or Freelance Contract.
Send the contract to all recipients and sign the contract with digital signatur...
This is my first side project app, and I made a first sale! It was a special day!
There is something wrong with IH
Lately, I have seen more and more posts without comments. It is sad. Think about it. Someone (probably) worked hard, tried to bring here and nobody cared.
But I get it, because most of them are "asks": Rate my homepage (something I will be asking soon), how do I grok market? etc.
Asking is totally is fine, after all, this is the one reason this communi...
I am sending weekly update emails every Friday to users about new cities and foods. I am not supposed to send an email if there is no new food or city. I have control for that in the code but this control code was wrong. I fixed it. But feeling really bad because I sent an empty template email without any new city or food. One user replied "Thanks, very informative"
😭and some users uns...
Why don't you read more?
What do you do when you get stuck in terms of productivity. When you don't know what to do next? Or when When You feel like there's so much to do?
Is someone trying to build an agency or is everyone after those SaaS businesses? What do you think about those different approaches?
I launched a podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/my-side-project/id1451687428?mt=2 that talks to founders about their story and business. Think of it as "How I Built This" but for very early companies. We mainly focus on YC and product hunt companies.
The interesting thing that I learned though is that people want to talk about themselves and what they have accomplished so cold e...
How do you keep track of equity or any other form of acknowledgment between founders before incorporating?
Real curious what you guys think. I have participated in multiple early-stage startups and it was always a hassle to have the "equity talk" between founders let alone sign IP/NDA. It seems like every startup makes up their ways/documents to sign.
From my research, nothing is 'formal...
I built another restaurant review app, but I simplified the review system to an upvote/downvote system. So you can rate up/down menu items if the food was good or not and rate up/down restaurants if you'd come back. The intention is to strip out long, unreliable, yet influential reviews and instead promote restaurants by the total count of upvotes and dow...
Starting first business struggle
Over time my interest in starting my own business increases. I have experience in different areas, mainly programming and marketing. I want to use my experiences to get inside business world and start my own thing.
On Twitter I have been following @levelsio for some time now, he is founder of few and websites and he also made the 12 startups in 12 months back in 20...
A simple side project idea: custom careers/"we're hiring" pages for companies. Very often companies want a careers page on their site. This would instead provide a simple hosted page or set of pages. The page can be themed with banner/company logo etc. and linked to your home page and have a company-specific subdomain e.g. my-company.career-page.com. It would include a contact form for p...
#Help - Should we go to market with, or without case studies?
Hi we're Budibase, an open-source web app builder with a focus on speed and customisation.
We're currently building the web app builder, but we have a question for the Indie Hackers community.
Saturday Edition: Daily Stand Up!
That extra nudge of accountability to achieve even a small step on your IH journey each day.
To join in:
01 Share your epic (a big chunk of work with a meaty objective) you'd like to complete by the end of February.
02 Share what you accomplished yesterday.
03 Share what you commit to accomplishing today.
04 Comment on at least one fellow hack...
Hey guys! I want to be more data-driven and start tracking metrics beyond the basic numbers I track (# of sign ups, revenue, GA sessions/users).
I track these via Google Analytics, SQL and my payment processor's dashboard, but I'd like to build a few dashboards I can use to regularly keep an eye out on numbers.
Are there any BI software or analytics tools you would recommend?
My database is entire...
Ask IH: Email or Desktop Notification, what's the least obnoxious?
I've considered both for my Web app, currently my email notifications are just once a month, but for more frequent notifications (I've yet not implemented) I believe emails are just ineffective and obnoxious.
What do you recommend?
Hi all! There are days when I struggle to get the ball rolling so I wrote this huge list of things that I do to stay motivated and try to keep the blues away. Being a maker is hard — hope it helps you as well: https://twitter.com/claritask_app/status/1096500529281290241
I've been running a website for almost 2 years, where I help indie game developers learn to market their games!
This weekend I decide on my ultimatum, whether I continue to work on my product or close it down.
I NEED YOUR HELP!
Please provide me your feedback on the product itself! :)
I found https://soapbox.wistia.com/ and I think I'm gonna try to make a whole series of videos like https://blog.prefab.cloud/blog/feature-flags-for-ruby-on-rails-in-6-minutes-with-manifold to help me explain Prefab.Cloud. Somehow video is easier to produce than trying to wordsmith a blog post.
I'm curious whether people like watching videos. Myself I often don't like videos because I don't have...
(Landing Page Work) Hey folks, nice meeting you guys. I had an urgent problem that I've been sort of struggling with, that I wanted your advice on.
I am creating a sales page, and I have A) the sales copy, B) layout. What I don't have is A) graphic design, and B) having the HTML/CSS for the said design (I am handing writing the page using JS w/o Wordpress or CMS). I don't have the skills nor the ...
How do you decide the value of your brand/website/business?
Means how much it is worth of?
How do you decide the selling price of your business in case if you want sell your website/brand/business?
Also what are the genuine platforms to sell your website for real profits for productized business?
P.S. Other than flippa and empireonline.
Looking for suggestions. What are good CRM tools for a bootstrapper to manage cold emails?
First post, excited to be here!
One of our long term goals is to make our SaaS product multilingual in order to open it up to other markets. Has anyone had experiences of this and is there any advice or tips you could share?
Show IH: Resume platform for job seekers
Sharing your resume to clients and employers can be intimidating as they can't visually see your resume straight away. So I thought of making this platform that allows job seekers to share their resume and other information in one place.
It's an MVP at the moment.
The problems it solves:
You can share your profile page (including your resume, cover letter...
What do you use for multi-server management?
My current stack is Ruby on Rails on Digital Ocean.
I have a couple of servers that host a web app, and I was wondering if there was a solution for basically SSH-ing into multiple servers and running commands on all of them from my Macbook.
I've seen https://github.com/ikusalic/tmux-connector so far.
"At first, I thought I was dying. Sharp chest pains. Dizziness. Sweats. I was only in my early 30s, but I figured this was it for me..."
Check out Paul's full story at instagram.com/p/Br3wpu9jEXF/
AskIH: What do you guys think about the essentials when designing a simple event poster?
I think the 3 essentials needed are layout, color, and typography.
A structured poster would allow the reader to very easily capture all the information present on the poster. Of course, this is where the size of each component (e.g. Title of event, details, contact) will also impact the layout. The ti...
I have been working on a new landing page for the past week or so. The company/service is also new, so at this stage, I am exploring and learning.
I would love to get some feedback on how your experience of the page is and how easy it is to understand the text. I am still really flexible with the design and choice of illustrations.
Any feedback would be much appreciated.
The website: htt...
[Ask IH] Any IH's in Playa del Carmen, Mexico?
I'm a Front End developer/designer, I've built many projects over the years and I'm looking to work on something new.
I'm looking for a Marketing Expert that has past experience with product promotion and management of advertising between social networks and search engines.
Let's discuss some ideas and see if both of us can build something new and exciting!
Any IH’s in Maui 🌴 up for a coffee?
My girlfriend/biz partner and I will be there Sunday (Feb 17) for 2 weeks. Would be nice to get together! Comment or email me at jeff at jeffreybunn dot com if interested :)
Recap from Wednesday's Worldwide meetup:
Breakout rooms worked well again! We talked about idea validation, marketing, and had two rounds of general discussion.
The once-a-week schedule is starting to feel like overkill.
My hope was that two different time slots would allow more people to be able to attend, but it doesn't seem like the two times are different enough to accomplish that goal.
Planning to launch a podcast about failed startup founders, anyone interested in hosting it?
Hey! It's Rich, maker of Failory, a content site for entrepreneurs.
Thousands of Failory users have requested me to create a podcast of interviews with failed startup founders. I've been thinking about this idea for the last three months and believe it is a great growth strategy that will allow me to bring...
I did it... I started something, which:
will not change the world
not save the planet
is not unique
i am not the first
i will not be the best (at the beginning ;-) )
and it gives me some real fun, learn another frontend framework and have a bunch of ideas to make it happen ;-)
not ready yet, but you can have a look and give me any kind of welcome feedback:
What can I learn from my non monetizable Android app?
4 years ago I built an useful Android app in order to learn Java. During this years I almost did not update the app but it kept raising downloads and users and now it has over 160 installs per week and 50 users per day and it's installed on more than 1,000 devices.
I'm adding some functionalities to the app, but at the end of the day, it wo...
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