Newest Articles on Indie Hackers

  1. False Flats in Bootstrapping & How to Power Through Them

    You've reached the point of smooth sailing... or have you? Here's how to know, and how to get through it.

    False Flats in Bootstrapping & How to Power Through Them
  2. How to Make Users Sign up and Stay Engaged

    You NEED users, but how can you get them on your list?

    How to Make Users Sign up and Stay Engaged
  3. Don’t Automate Talking To Your Customers (When It Really Matters)

    The benefits of manually sending 100 emails to users who tried (and failed) to use the product

    Don’t Automate Talking To Your Customers (When It Really Matters)
  4. What Makes Developers Bad at Business

    You've made a great product - how hard can the rest be?! Harder than you might think...

    What Makes Developers Bad at Business
  5. The Future You Fantasy

    Why thinking about the future might be what trips you up.

    The Future You Fantasy
  6. How to write a survey when you know nothing 😰

    You need surveys to gather data... but survey creation is an entire art.

    How to write a survey when you know nothing 😰
  7. We Wasted $50K on Google Ads So You Don't Have To

    Ever wondered if Google Ads are really worth it, but don't have the cash for an experiment? One's been done for you!

    We Wasted $50K on Google Ads So You Don't Have To
  8. Design Experimentation: Exploring the Evolution of Ideation

    Ideation isn't just about how a product works - design takes a vital role, too.

    Design Experimentation: Exploring the Evolution of Ideation
  9. 5 Easy Strategies to Reach Heavenly SEO-Design Harmony

    Part art, part science, here's how your website can rank high for the algorithms while looking appealing for the actual humans.

    5 Easy Strategies to Reach Heavenly SEO-Design Harmony
  10. Why You Should Craft a Powerful Personal Brand

    How one indie hacker's personal brand drives 68.56% of his company's revenue

    Why You Should Craft a Powerful Personal Brand
  11. SEO Strategy for Newbies: What You Didn't Know You Can (And Should!) Do

    SEO doesn't need to be scary. This newbie guide will help anyone get rolling.

    SEO Strategy for Newbies: What You Didn't Know You Can (And Should!) Do
  12. JAMstack for Indie Hackers

    Javascript, APIs, Markup - oh my!

    JAMstack for Indie Hackers
  13. The Complete Crash Course to Developer-Free SaaS

    No devs? No problem! You can launch your SaaS without them.

    The Complete Crash Course to Developer-Free SaaS
  14. Don’t Build a Startup, Build a Movement

    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.

    Don’t Build a Startup, Build a Movement
  15. How To Create Viral Lead Magnets

    "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.

    How To Create Viral Lead Magnets
  16. Bootstrapping with a Simple, Low-Cost Tech Stack

    Looking to create a tech stack that prioritizes privacy? Look no further.

    Bootstrapping with a Simple, Low-Cost Tech Stack
  17. Powerful Customer Interviews: When You Need Them and How to Make Them Efficient

    If you want to give your customers what they want, you'll need to know how to ask them.

    Powerful Customer Interviews: When You Need Them and How to Make Them Efficient
  18. Why Testing Your Own Product Just Isn't Enough

    "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.

    Why Testing Your Own Product Just Isn't Enough
  19. Startup Storytelling: Practical Examples of Creative Marketing

    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.

    Startup Storytelling: Practical Examples of Creative Marketing
  20. How I Future-Proofed My Tech Stack

    Start simple, but don't ever sacrifice your ability to scale.

    How I Future-Proofed My Tech Stack
  21. How to Launch a SaaS Product on AppSumo: Our Best (and Worst) Moments

    Looking into launching on AppSumo? Take it from someone who's been there: there's way for it to go wrong and super right!

    How to Launch a SaaS Product on AppSumo: Our Best (and Worst) Moments
  22. The Subtle Technique Mailchimp Uses to Emotionally Hook Customers

    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.

    The Subtle Technique Mailchimp Uses to Emotionally Hook Customers
  23. The Small Things That Will Kill Your Indie Business

    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.

    The Small Things That Will Kill Your Indie Business
  24. How I Chose My Startup Stack

    Forget the idea that an all-in-one solution will solve all your problems.

    How I Chose My Startup Stack
  25. 15 Sweet Websites for Awesome Free Artwork

    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.

    15 Sweet Websites for Awesome Free Artwork
  26. What If Your Business Isn't a Success (or a Failure)?

    What If Your Business Isn't a Success (or a Failure)?
  27. How To Stay Competitive Without Compromising your Bootstrapping Spirit

    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.

    How To Stay Competitive Without Compromising your Bootstrapping Spirit
  28. The Key to a Better Customer Experience Strategy

    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.

    The Key to a Better Customer Experience Strategy
  29. How International Freelancers Can Get Paid... Effectively!

    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.

    How International Freelancers Can Get Paid... Effectively!
  30. How to Maximize Your Reach Without Going Broke

    Learn the secrets to Facebook's ad algorithm, and how you can use them to advertise on the cheap.

    How to Maximize Your Reach Without Going Broke
  31. What's On Your Not To Do List?

    Most indie hackers have a long to do list. But what's on your NOT to do list?

    What's On Your Not To Do List?
  32. How I Built and Launched a Product in 14 Hours

    How I Built and Launched a Product in 14 Hours
  33. Why You Probably Shouldn't Launch on Product Hunt

    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.

    Why You Probably Shouldn't Launch on Product Hunt
  34. SaaS vs. eCommerce: Why I Launched a Physical Product Business

    Lots of IHers are in SaaS. But if you're interested in selling physical items, here's the guide you've been looking for.

    SaaS vs. eCommerce: Why I Launched a Physical Product Business
  35. How To Use Analytics For SaaS Success

    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!

    How To Use Analytics For SaaS Success
  36. How Email Strategy Can Make Your Event a Success... or a Failure

    What does Spotify have to do with business problem solving? A lot, it turns out.

    How Email Strategy Can Make Your Event a Success... or a Failure
  37. I Productized A Service: This Is My Roadmap

    Opening, scaling, and selling your own business is a journey. Here are five tips to help you pull it off.

    I Productized A Service: This Is My Roadmap
  38. How to do your own PR

    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.

    How to do your own PR
  39. How To Find A Profitable Startup Idea

    Intercom and Drift are overdone. Stripe or Square are not. What gives? How does one dream up an idea with lasting power?

    How To Find A Profitable Startup Idea
  40. 5 Ways To Get The Most From Customer Feedback

    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.

    5 Ways To Get The Most From Customer Feedback
  41. 5 Tips on Hiring Developers for Non-Tech Founders

    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.

    5 Tips on Hiring Developers for Non-Tech Founders
  42. Why Not Everyone Should Learn How to Code

    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.

    Why Not Everyone Should Learn How to Code
  43. 8 Email Marketing Mistakes that Hurt Your Email Deliverability

    Email marketing can feel like an esoteric, hit or miss art form. Here's what to avoid in order to simplify your campaigns.

    8 Email Marketing Mistakes that Hurt Your Email Deliverability
  44. We launched on Product Hunt: What we’ve Learned!

    Interested in trying to get your launch on Product Hunt? Here's an insider look.

    We launched on Product Hunt: What we’ve Learned!
  45. How I Modernized the Book Club to Reach $10K MRR

    How I Modernized the Book Club to Reach $10K MRR
  46. Software Development Stages: How to Achieve Synergy Between Founders and Developers

    "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.

    Software Development Stages: How to Achieve Synergy Between Founders and Developers
  47. The Ideal Startup Toolstack to Scale Your Growth

    You need a hammer to build a house. What tools do you need to build a business? Check this roundup to get an idea.

    The Ideal Startup Toolstack to Scale Your Growth
  48. 8 Ways to Life-Proof Your Startup

    Why an exit plan is really a resilience plan.

    8 Ways to Life-Proof Your Startup
  49. Best Indie Hackers Books of July 2019

    Looking for a good business book? Look no further. Welcome to the monthly Indie Hackers reading list.

    Best Indie Hackers Books of July 2019
  50. How to Rebrand Your Online Business (and Why)

    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).

    How to Rebrand Your Online Business (and Why)
  51. Building a Customer Development Funnel

    Who knew one diagram could teach you so much about catching - and keeping - your best customers!

    Building a Customer Development Funnel
  52. How I Launched a Marketing Job Board in Just Three Weeks

    How I Launched a Marketing Job Board in Just Three Weeks
  53. 5 Powerful Growth Hacking Lessons from Silicon Valley

    You may not be a Silicon Valley insider, but who needs it with great info like this?

    5 Powerful Growth Hacking Lessons from Silicon Valley
  54. Why I Still Launched in a Crowded Market

    If your dream market is already jam-packed with competition, don't give up just yet! Here's why.

    Why I Still Launched in a Crowded Market
  55. Need-to-Know Business Terms for Indie Hackers

    Starting your entrepreneurial journey? This glossary of business terms will help you learn how to talk the talk.

    Need-to-Know Business Terms for Indie Hackers
  56. Should You Quit Your Job To Follow Your Passion?

    It's the question every indie hacker has asked themselves at one point or another. Here's what you actually need to consider.

    Should You Quit Your Job To Follow Your Passion?
  57. 15 Proven Strategies to Build a Competitive Marketplace App

    15 excellent strategies to build a marketplace app that holds up.

    15 Proven Strategies to Build a Competitive Marketplace App
  58. Inbound Marketing Strategy: Quick Start Guide

    Get your customers coming to you the fastest way possible.

    Inbound Marketing Strategy: Quick Start Guide
  59. How to Build a Web App for Beginners

    Looking for a comprehensive guide to ground-up web app creation? You found it! This is one you'll want to bookmark.

    How to Build a Web App for Beginners
  60. Wireframe vs Mockup vs Prototype: Choosing the Best Design Flow

    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.

    Wireframe vs Mockup vs Prototype: Choosing the Best Design Flow
  61. How Indie Hackers Grow their Newsletters

    Newsletters are a challenge. How do you get more eyes, clicks, and conversions? Read this before you try anything else.

    How Indie Hackers Grow their Newsletters
  62. How To Validate a Business Idea

    You've got an idea, but is it something that can truly take off? You'll have to validate it to be sure.

    How To Validate a Business Idea
  63. The Anatomy of a Great Landing Page

    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.

    The Anatomy of a Great Landing Page
  64. Two Fundamental Approaches to Designing UX

    Meet Jon. Jon has a lot to teach you about creating UX. Will you be able to make Jon happy?

    Two Fundamental Approaches to Designing UX
  65. Great Minimum Viable Products: Examples and Best Practices

    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.

    Great Minimum Viable Products: Examples and Best Practices
  66. Why I Built (Not) Another To-Do List App

    Managing anxiety and depression is tough. Here's how I made it a little easier.

    Why I Built (Not) Another To-Do List App
  67. A Survival Guide to Full-Time Freelancing With No Savings

    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.

    A Survival Guide to Full-Time Freelancing With No Savings
  68. How to Define Your MVP

    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.

    How to Define Your MVP
  69. Side Project Marketing is the New King

    If you've ever caught yourself saying, "It's just a side project..." Good! Here's why the best ideas are.

    Side Project Marketing is the New King
  70. How We Ended up in the Top 5 Products of the Day on Product Hunt

    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.

    How We Ended up in the Top 5 Products of the Day on Product Hunt
  71. Pricing Your Startup: an Overview of SaaS Pricing Strategies

    If you're thinking of how to charge for your SaaS, consider these tried and true strategies.

    Pricing Your Startup: an Overview of SaaS Pricing Strategies
  72. How to Craft a Compelling B2B Sales Email Template

    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.

    How to Craft a Compelling B2B Sales Email Template
  73. 5 Lean Growth Hacks to Get From 0 Users to 1,000

    You've got your first trickle of users, but it's not enough. Here's how to hack your first growth spurt.

    5 Lean Growth Hacks to Get From 0 Users to 1,000
  74. Know Nothing About Code? Me Neither: How I Learned to Master No-Code Apps

    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.

    Know Nothing About Code? Me Neither: How I Learned to Master No-Code Apps
  75. How I Monetized Free Content Through T-Shirt Sales

    How I Monetized Free Content Through T-Shirt Sales
  76. Twins, Travel, and Time Management: 16 Tips for Maximizing Your Productivity While Living Life

    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.

    Twins, Travel, and Time Management: 16 Tips for Maximizing Your Productivity While Living Life
  77. How to Build an Online Marketplace

    When designing an online marketplace, you've got some choices. (By some we mean a LOT.) Here's a ground up guide.

    How to Build an Online Marketplace
  78. Why Running a Business is 80% Marketing and Only 20% Product

    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.

    Why Running a Business is 80% Marketing and Only 20% Product
  79. Why I Just Shut Down One of My Favorite Products

    Sometimes, you push a beloved product too hard. Here's a story of knowing when to walk away.

    Why I Just Shut Down One of My Favorite Products
  80. 100+ Ways to Promote Your Blog Posts

    Business blogging is 40% writing and 60% promotion. Here's 100 ways to promote effectively.

    100+ Ways to Promote Your Blog Posts
  81. Pulling the Plug on My $1.2MM Company

    After making £1M in revenue, we decided to close the doors on Zoetrope Labs. Here's why.

    Pulling the Plug on My $1.2MM Company
  82. How to Ship Side Projects

    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?

    How to Ship Side Projects
  83. Best Countries to Relocate to for Freelancers and Solo Founders

    Working from anywhere you want is a goal for many indie hackers. Here's some of your best options around the world!

    Best Countries to Relocate to for Freelancers and Solo Founders
  84. 7 Toxic Scenarios that can Poison You and Your Co-Founder.

    Seven ways you and your co-founder could find conflicts, and tips to a happy, productive co-founder relationship.

    7 Toxic Scenarios that can Poison You and Your Co-Founder.
  85. Building a Side Project Without Quitting Your Day Job

    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.

    Building a Side Project Without Quitting Your Day Job
  86. How to Build a Startup Empire Without Selling Your Freedom

    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.

    How to Build a Startup Empire Without Selling Your Freedom
  87. The Startup Empathy Dilemma

    As power and impact grows, empathy diminishes. Is there a way you can stop the shrink?

    The Startup Empathy Dilemma
  88. Dolls Kill: Why Finding Your Tribe Creates Marketing Success

    A case study of how one ecommerce fashion business found their niche and rocketed to social media success.

    Dolls Kill: Why Finding Your Tribe Creates Marketing Success
  89. How to Launch a Product With No Money and No Customers

    No money? No problem. No customers? Also no problem! Here's how to pull off a successful launch in spite of it all.

    How to Launch a Product With No Money and No Customers
  90. The Alternative Funding Options For SaaS Startups Cheat Sheet

    Your SaaS startup needs funding, and you're not exactly rolling in angel investors. Here's a quick guide to some of your choices.

    The Alternative Funding Options For SaaS Startups Cheat Sheet
  91. How Developers and Tech Founders Can Turn Their Ideas into UI Design

    Minimal design experience? There's no reason to let that stop you from creating knockout UI design. Here's how.

    How Developers and Tech Founders Can Turn Their Ideas into UI Design
  92. How to Achieve a 40% Response Rate on Cold Emails

    Cold call emails NEVER work... or do they?

    How to Achieve a 40% Response Rate on Cold Emails
  93. How Remote Work Impacts Your Brain

    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?

    How Remote Work Impacts Your Brain
  94. What Is a Pillar Page (and How Do I Make One)?

    If you want to publish a lot of product content, you'll need a pillar page. Here's how that works.

    What Is a Pillar Page (and How Do I Make One)?
  95. How To Come Up With Good Business Ideas

    What are the best techniques for coming up with business ideas? And what makes a killer idea? This short guide will explain all.

    How To Come Up With Good Business Ideas
  96. How I Got my First 1,000 Visitors in a Month

    We all want site traffic. Here's a story of getting it, fast, and how you can do the same.

    How I Got my First 1,000 Visitors in a Month
  97. How to Come Up with Profitable Online Business Ideas

    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.

    How to Come Up with Profitable Online Business Ideas
  98. Start Talking About Your Idea

    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.

    Start Talking About Your Idea
  99. 9 Ways to Make Your Customers Hate You

    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.

    9 Ways to Make Your Customers Hate You
  100. How to Be Productive Without an Office

    Remote work is a recipe for distraction. Here's how to beat the odds and find your best productivity yet.

    How to Be Productive Without an Office
  101. 4 Ideas for Promoting Your Software Product

    You've got your product- but how will you promote it? These 4 ideas will get you started.

    4 Ideas for Promoting Your Software Product
  102. 5 Steps to Negotiate a Squatted Domain

    Here's how to get that URL you've been wanting-- no matter who's squatting on it.

    5 Steps to Negotiate a Squatted Domain
  103. A Novel Approach to Onboarding

    A series of brilliant "Aha!" moments that may change the way you onboard new hires.

    A Novel Approach to Onboarding
  104. The 5 Best Project Management Tools for Startups

    Managing projects is a huge part of starting a business, and these tools will make it easier.

    The 5 Best Project Management Tools for Startups
  105. Finding Problems to Solve in Less than 60 Minutes

    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.

    Finding Problems to Solve in Less than 60 Minutes
  106. How to Find Your Earliest Users

    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.

    How to Find Your Earliest Users
  107. How to Find an Effective Pricing Strategy

    Looking for pricing strategy examples? Learn from over a dozen founders who've spent years finding the best approaches for boosting their sales revenue.

    How to Find an Effective Pricing Strategy
  108. What Tech Stacks are Indie Hackers Using for Their Apps, and Why?

    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.

    What Tech Stacks are Indie Hackers Using for Their Apps, and Why?
  109. How to Convert a Free User to a Premium User

    The freemium model is the secret to lasting success. Here's why you should open your doors for everyone.

    How to Convert a Free User to a Premium User
  110. Saying No to Big Customers

    When an enterprise business knocks on your door, you might want to say yes right away. Here's why you shouldn't.

    Saying No to Big Customers