I'm Anna founder of Community Finder (community-finder.co), and here I want to share how I spent 1000$ on my product.
I started working full time on Community Finder since May 1st. I quit my job on April, completed a few freelance tasks and dived in full time into content making and product development.
Before quitting my job I accumulated some funds to sustain myself and be able to spent some money on the project.
Community Finder started in March, and I created it completely free, it was 3 HTML/CSS pages with free Airtable base all deployed on Netlify.
I wanted to up my game and make it a profitable project. To do that I decided to launch a podcast (http://communityfinder.transistor.fm) where I'm taking interview from community builders, and also I decided to start a newsletter, as I already have experience with building audience.
Luckily my husband had a decent microphone so I didn't have to buy hardware equipment for my podcast. And so I started to invest in some software. L
Podcast hosting - with this investment I pretty much knew what I'm gonna buy. I'm a happy user of Transistor.fm . I love buying software from other fellow indie makers, and at the end of their trial period I pretty much knew that their service is for me. The UI/UX is the best, I previously worked with Anchor, and in comparison Transistor is winning big time. Their documentation is amazing, so I managed to get my podcast to other platforms without much of a hustle, and analytics is just great. Let me just tell you they are also integrated with Fathom analytics - a match made in heaven. I bought yearly plan 190$.
Craftwork design - while as a developer I can build beautiful application, I can't design a decently good UI, and the designer gene is completely absent in me. So projects like craftwork design are very helpful if you wanna get unique illustrations for your website or get inspiration for UI. I did it both and I'm pretty glad I discovered this service. I bought 3 set of illustrations in total for 94$.
Memberspace (this was a stupid mistake) - so I wanna add a membership fee for my content, and there are a lot of handy tools for this, however unfortunately I can't use any of them as in my country Stripe is not available. I tried to use Memberspace, but it had integration only with stripe so they are not suitable for me. If you wonder why is this tool on my spending list it's because I forgot to remove my payment information and they charged me for 25$ #facepalm.
Webflow - if you wanna have a UI for CSS than Webflow builder is for you. I love this tool. I love their clonable designs, I love their educational tutorials, I love their customer support. It's the place I'm gonna host everything, so I bought a yearly subscription for Community Finder website hosting 192$.
Loom - recently I got into making videos about product analytics, and pricing and strategy for my subscribers, so I needed a place where I can host my videos and record them conveniently. Loom is just perfect for that. I'm using their basic yearly plan for 96$.
Podcast editing - Let me tell you having a podcast is hard, and sometimes I needed help. Naya Moss an amazing person and owner of podcast editing and production studio (https://namosstudio.com/wiki) helped me to edit and prepare for production 3 episodes, and I think you can tell which are done by her and which ones are mine :D . That costed 167$.
Squadcast - if you're doing interview type podcasts, than you absolutely need this, they are providing separate audio tracks they are easy to setup, and which Is very important guests don't have to create an account to join the session. I'm on their Dabbler plan and I love it - cost is 108$.
Hey - yes I know, it's not like I needed a new emailing service, but for me when I tried Hey something changed. I don't have always full inbox anymore, I'm sure that I can I'm not gonna receive spam and the Focus section is just perfect for me, as I often forget to reply. 99$ yearly is a price for my calm mind and privacy that I'm willing to pay :D
Airtable - now, this is the only service that I'm using monthly plan now - 24$. I upgraded to Pro for a month to see how different is the experience and how using Blocks can improve my workflow. Not sure if I'm gonna keep this one.
Here's my simple writeup. As you may have noticed I prefer to buy everything in yearly subscription plans, because if I'm sure that I like the service, I wanna forget about the money aspect of it for the upcoming year.
I made this purchases during 3 months and it's important to note, that not every and each one is mandatory.
So those prices I paid to free my time from unnecessary hustle and to concentrate on the product development process and the quality of my newsletters.
Hope this helped you and if you have questions let me know - [email protected]