Last week, my ecommerce store, Maker Threads, hit $1000 in total revenue.
It took me 2.5 years to generate my first $1 online (I recently wrote about it here), then just 2.5 months to hit $1000.
Compared to some indie hackers, this number is minuscule, but I'm proud to say that I've finally achieved this milestone.
Throughout every failure along the way - which there were many - I almost started believing that I just wasn't cut out for this.
Despite a pandemic destroying my last product, then having to start again from scratch, I've showed up every day and worked hard to reach this milestone.
My biggest takeaway from this experience has been around the process of idea generation.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, there's nothing innovative about my product. I literally sell shirts to makers and founders.
Despite what I'd always believed, this lack of innovation has been the key factor to my progress.
The concept of buying a shirt is nothing new. People are accustomed to exchanging money for clothing all the time.
By building off this validated concept, it helped me streamline the entire process of finding product/market fit.
If you're new to indie hacking and you're looking to get a run on the board, remember to start as simple as you possibly can.
This might not be the product that helps me reach my bootstrapping dreams, but it's taught me so many valuable lessons along the way that I can apply moving forward.