A week ago, more than a year since lurking indie hackers and other related forums, I decided to start working on my own side hustles. Over the years, I've gathered more than 150 different ideas, all written down on my Google Keep, so there is plenty of validation to do.
For a little over 7 years, I've been working full-time as a backend developer and still do, so get more time working on my side hustles I set up to do it before my normal workdays begin. To me, this means working between 6 AM - 8:30 AM.
The first idea I picked for validation from my neverending list of untouched ideas is an idea for a paid live streaming platform. The idea is simple: you schedule a live stream, choose a "pay-per-view" price for it and viewers will pay to watch it. I decided to name the platform Hudle.
So, to validate this idea I quickly did the following:
Total work time of 16 hours. Not that much to get started.
A week has passed, here are the results:
Indie hackers post
Here on indiehackers I did this post: https://www.indiehackers.com/post/new-me-new-plans-my-first-idea-for-validation-fc9a360043
Post can be found here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24927700
Not much to say here, one comment with hard criticism. But that's what I'm asking so it's really valuable feedback.
Direct Instagram messages
I also DM'd 5 people on Instagram about the idea and asked for their willingness to beta test the platform. This is something I thought I would never do, I think it's a bit too pushy. But hell, I did it anyway 😁
Details about the accounts that answered:
The first answer was from an account belonging to a guy who does public speaking here. He has 4500 followers. He told me he's working for a bigger company with multiple speakers and told me to contact their CEO for questions like this. A really nice dude overall.
The second answer was from a guy who does fitness-related stuff (workouts, rehab, etc). He has 440 000 followers. The answer was that he has already begun working with a company that does a similar type of thing, paid live/VOD so because of that he cannot participate in beta testing. Nice guy also, polite and informative.
I've got plenty of ideas in the bank so I will go on to the next one. Then again, I'm not going to kill Hudle just yet, I'll try to contact some more people directly to get their feedback on the idea.
I hope this post helps some others who are just starting up.
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