After freelancing for some years I found myself in a good position, with a few low maintenance contracts with startups that I helped to build, basically 10hour/week work that could sustain myself and help my family. Finally, I had time to work on my own stuff.
I was on top of the world and very arrogant about the future. That's when I discovered IndieHackers. I would browse products here and think “this product is so simple to build, I could build something better with less time”.
If they are earning that much money with a simple product like that, I will be rich in no time. Right boys?
Damn, I was dumb, so narrowminded, the only thing I saw was the technical aspect of building a product. I was completely blind to how hard it actually was. Ended working 5 months on a product that I could not sell at all, didn’t know shit about the industry. The product was just a “pretty face”.
After realizing it, I just shut down the product and the struggle began.
A year into this "IH quest" and my confidence is not as high. I used to have many ideas for basically every problem I faced, but now for every idea arrives the question “can I market it and work years on it?”, mostly succeeded by a clear “no, I can’t”.
And the COVID pressure added a ton to it, got the feeling that I was running out of time to have success. Soon I would not have as much time as I had. This lead to me working 70-80/hours/week, often not sleeping for more than 24hours, desperately in search of something.
But yeah, It’s settling a little bit, everything passes in life, right? I’m becoming comfortable with the idea that, as an IHer, I have to choose a product that makes sense to me, a problem in a market that I’m happy to talk about. Leave my tech bubble and connect with people.
As @csallen said other day, 37signals had a blog and built their audience for 5 years before building Basecamp. I’ll need to prepare myself for a marathon, not a sprint.
I will build products that I’m passionate about. I'll have a balanced life. I’ll take care of my health, sleep regularly, run, eat healthily, stop drinking soda. I will write, share, and connect with people.
I will be better every day. Then maybe, one day, I’ll be in one of those success posts we see here on IH.