You've reached the point of smooth sailing... or have you? Here's how to know, and how to get through it.
You NEED users, but how can you get them on your list?
The benefits of manually sending 100 emails to users who tried (and failed) to use the product
You've made a great product - how hard can the rest be?! Harder than you might think...
Why thinking about the future might be what trips you up.
You need surveys to gather data... but survey creation is an entire art.
Ever wondered if Google Ads are really worth it, but don't have the cash for an experiment? One's been done for you!
Ideation isn't just about how a product works - design takes a vital role, too.
Part art, part science, here's how your website can rank high for the algorithms while looking appealing for the actual humans.
How one indie hacker's personal brand drives 68.56% of his company's revenue
SEO doesn't need to be scary. This newbie guide will help anyone get rolling.
No devs? No problem! You can launch your SaaS without them.
You're not just selling your startup project... you're selling a revolution. Awkward jargon aside, it's a great approach to take, and this is why.
"Going viral" isn't a sound strategy. But you can copy the tricks that have taken others to viral marketing status. Here's where to get started.
Looking to create a tech stack that prioritizes privacy? Look no further.
If you want to give your customers what they want, you'll need to know how to ask them.
"Eating your own dogfood," AKA testing your own product in its early stages, is a core part of indie hacking. But it won't tell you everything you need to know. Try this instead.
Whether you know it or not, your branding, marketing, and ad campaigns tell a story. Being in control of that story from the jump is a wise move - here's a few ways you can start.
Start simple, but don't ever sacrifice your ability to scale.
Looking into launching on AppSumo? Take it from someone who's been there: there's way for it to go wrong and super right!
Male Crimp... Fail Chip... Kale Limp... it's gone by many names, but that's why MailChimp's marketing is so brilliant. Here's how you can learn from their playbook.
All it takes is one misstep to fall off the often narrow, perilous bridge of indie hacked success. And those missteps can look like the perfect move before you make it! Here are 5 "great ideas at the time" that will only end in tragedy.
Forget the idea that an all-in-one solution will solve all your problems.
Want your site to look like a 10, but your art skills are more of a 2? These 15 websites are indie hacker tested and approved sources for 100% free art.
In a crowded market, it's easy to lose hope or feel like you can't compete. These are some fast actions you can take to shift your thinking, stay hungry, and keep competition alive, from a company that's 4 years old and still profitable.
You can have the best, most useful, most clever product of all time - but if it's miserable to use, you'll still get nowhere. Here's how to hack your customer's experience to help you find success.
If you work cross-countries, you know what a pain it can be to get paid on time, correctly, without too much paperwork hassle. Here's a workflow that might help streamline the whole affair.
Learn the secrets to Facebook's ad algorithm, and how you can use them to advertise on the cheap.
Most indie hackers have a long to do list. But what's on your NOT to do list?
You've seen tons of advice for how to launch on Product Hunt (including on this blog!) But it's not for everyone-- here's why it may not be right for you.
Lots of IHers are in SaaS. But if you're interested in selling physical items, here's the guide you've been looking for.
If you love numbers, stats, and crunch, you're going to love this piece on creating SaaS products using analytics. And if you don't love it, you're still likely to learn a lot!
What does Spotify have to do with business problem solving? A lot, it turns out.
Opening, scaling, and selling your own business is a journey. Here are five tips to help you pull it off.
Gigantic enterprise companies have entire PR departments. You don't, but that doesn't make PR any less important. Here's how to DIY your PR.
Intercom and Drift are overdone. Stripe or Square are not. What gives? How does one dream up an idea with lasting power?
The problems you see and the problems your customers see are two very different things. Here's how to manage your feedback to fix every issue, every time.
Not much for tech? That doesn't mean you can't grow your team's tech talent. Check out these five tips from someone who knows the feeling.
Coding is a requirement for starting an online business, right? Not exactly. Here's why NOT learning to code might be the wiser choice for you.
Email marketing can feel like an esoteric, hit or miss art form. Here's what to avoid in order to simplify your campaigns.
Interested in trying to get your launch on Product Hunt? Here's an insider look.
"Synergy" sounds like a silly concept, one that gets thrown around in corporate boardrooms. But you'll want it when you need multiple team members to be working together towards the same vision. Here's some tips to achieve it.
You need a hammer to build a house. What tools do you need to build a business? Check this roundup to get an idea.
Why an exit plan is really a resilience plan.
Looking for a good business book? Look no further. Welcome to the monthly Indie Hackers reading list.
You thought that name was brilliant when you chose it... but now you're two years in and having second thoughts. It might not be too late to rebrand! Here's how (and why you should).
Who knew one diagram could teach you so much about catching - and keeping - your best customers!
You may not be a Silicon Valley insider, but who needs it with great info like this?
If your dream market is already jam-packed with competition, don't give up just yet! Here's why.
Starting your entrepreneurial journey? This glossary of business terms will help you learn how to talk the talk.
It's the question every indie hacker has asked themselves at one point or another. Here's what you actually need to consider.
15 excellent strategies to build a marketplace app that holds up.
Get your customers coming to you the fastest way possible.
Looking for a comprehensive guide to ground-up web app creation? You found it! This is one you'll want to bookmark.
You've got a mockup in progress... but your mentor is asking about a prototype. And your best friend is working on a wireframe. Did you make the right call? Here's how to know what you need.
Newsletters are a challenge. How do you get more eyes, clicks, and conversions? Read this before you try anything else.
You've got an idea, but is it something that can truly take off? You'll have to validate it to be sure.
Your landing page is like your storefront: the first thing a new customer sees. Everything about it decides if your customers will come inside and buy something. These are the elements of a landing page that converts.
Meet Jon. Jon has a lot to teach you about creating UX. Will you be able to make Jon happy?
If you're working on an MVP, you'll find yourself wondering if you're doing it right, when it's ready, and how to know if it's robust enough. Take some inspiration from some MVP mythbusting, and the MVPs that would become today's household names.
Managing anxiety and depression is tough. Here's how I made it a little easier.
Maybe you lost a job. Maybe you're a new college grad. Maybe you can't take another day of the same old grind. You really can jump right into full-time freelancing! Here's how.
Sometimes, you don't want to take the easy road, because the harder one has more to teach you. Such is the case with this process you can use to define your MVP.
If you've ever caught yourself saying, "It's just a side project..." Good! Here's why the best ideas are.
Product Hunt's Top 5 is a dream for many indie hackers. Here's how one company got there, and yes, the cat header is relevant.
If you're thinking of how to charge for your SaaS, consider these tried and true strategies.
The prospect of cold emailing any customer is scary. But when you're B2B, it can be even more daunting. This guide will help you craft an email template you can rely on to save yourself time, energy, and headaches.
You've got your first trickle of users, but it's not enough. Here's how to hack your first growth spurt.
Non-technical founders, this one is for you! No-code apps are better and more functional than ever, but they come with a learning curve all their own. Here's how to tackle it all.
A startup co-founder who also has twins knows a thing or two about juggling obligations. And he's got 16 tips for those looking to maximize their work life balance and up their productivity.
When designing an online marketplace, you've got some choices. (By some we mean a LOT.) Here's a ground up guide.
There is no big secret to creating a successful business, but if there was, it would be marketing. Here's how to start thinking in the right direction.
Sometimes, you push a beloved product too hard. Here's a story of knowing when to walk away.
Business blogging is 40% writing and 60% promotion. Here's 100 ways to promote effectively.
After making £1M in revenue, we decided to close the doors on Zoetrope Labs. Here's why.
You've been working on it solo, building from the ground up, perhaps hidden away in the proverbial garage. Now that it's ready, how are you going to take your side project live?
Working from anywhere you want is a goal for many indie hackers. Here's some of your best options around the world!
Seven ways you and your co-founder could find conflicts, and tips to a happy, productive co-founder relationship.
Sometimes you don't have the freedom to launch at will. If you're still relying on your day job, you can still make it work. Here's how.
You want a startup to give you more freedom--not less. But startups, especially solo and small team startups, often turn into huge time demands. Here's some ways to avoid that fate.
As power and impact grows, empathy diminishes. Is there a way you can stop the shrink?
A case study of how one ecommerce fashion business found their niche and rocketed to social media success.
No money? No problem. No customers? Also no problem! Here's how to pull off a successful launch in spite of it all.
Your SaaS startup needs funding, and you're not exactly rolling in angel investors. Here's a quick guide to some of your choices.
Minimal design experience? There's no reason to let that stop you from creating knockout UI design. Here's how.
Cold call emails NEVER work... or do they?
There's no denying that remote work is different than office work. But what does it do to your brain, and is it a good thing?
If you want to publish a lot of product content, you'll need a pillar page. Here's how that works.
What are the best techniques for coming up with business ideas? And what makes a killer idea? This short guide will explain all.
We all want site traffic. Here's a story of getting it, fast, and how you can do the same.
Interested in building a startup, or starting your own small business to make money on the side? Learn by example from dozens of entrepreneurs who share how they came up with great business ideas.
It may be your natural instinct to keep your project top secret. But that can actually hurt your business plans, especially if it's your first business. Here's why.
Software as a service is a great business model, but it's got a few nasty pitfalls you should avoid for customer health. Here's 9 of them.
Remote work is a recipe for distraction. Here's how to beat the odds and find your best productivity yet.
You've got your product- but how will you promote it? These 4 ideas will get you started.
Here's how to get that URL you've been wanting-- no matter who's squatting on it.
A series of brilliant "Aha!" moments that may change the way you onboard new hires.
Managing projects is a huge part of starting a business, and these tools will make it easier.
You've heard your business should solve a problem, but how can you find a problem you're equipped to solve? This guide will help you find one in one hour flat.
Looking to find users for your product? Learn by example from dozens of entrepreneurs who share how they drove traffic to their websites and began to build an audience.
Looking for pricing strategy examples? Learn from over a dozen founders who've spent years finding the best approaches for boosting their sales revenue.
Looking for the best tech stack for building your product? Learn by example from tens of startup founders, some technical and some not, who share the reasoning behind the code running their businesses.
The freemium model is the secret to lasting success. Here's why you should open your doors for everyone.
When an enterprise business knocks on your door, you might want to say yes right away. Here's why you shouldn't.