I did it, I quit my job. I am officially an indie hacker!

Last week I quit my job and as of today, I am officially an Indie Hacker, working full-time on my project Mockoon! 🥳

For the past three years, my side-project went from being a tiny open-source project to a tool used by more than ten thousand developers every month around the world. The growth also started accelerating recently.
Going all-in is not only good for the project, but above all, it is the right choice for me and my family.

During these three years, I had a lot of ups and downs working on Mockoon. Periods of high productivity, periods of stress, complete breaks, but also one burnout.
It turns out having a side-project, even an open-source one with no customers can be daunting and stressful. It is also asking for a lot of attention. With a full-time job, the only attention I could give was during evenings and weekends. Even when I tried to avoid it at the maximum, I was still sacrificing time with my family. I told myself it was for the best until it was not anymore.

I know it won't be easy, but I am now ready to take this new and very different challenge, and most of all, reclaim my free time!
2021 is going to be exciting! 🚀

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    Congratulations Guillaume!

    Out of curiosity, how have you been able to bring in enough money to support yourself and family? Making money with free products is always interesting to me!

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      Thanks @jasoncrev!
      Currently Mockoon is not bringing any money, except small donations, but nowhere close to sustain us.
      The plan is to offer paid services around the open-source core, which is a quite classic approach.
      We have some saving, and I will be freelancing on the side, so I must admit I am not taking that much risks. The scariest for me was to get out of the traditional 9-5 employee schema... :)

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    Congrats! Though I'd definitely say if you've been doing the work for the last 3 years, you were already an IH... you don't have to quit your job to be an IH :)

    1. 1

      You are right, I probably was a Indie Hacker after all. Going full time is rather taking the project to a whole new level.

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    Godspeed Guillaume! Can definitely relate to added stress or burden from an involving side-gig.

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      Thanks! Yes a side-gig is nice until it starts taking as much time as a full-time job ><

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    Congrats Guillaume! Having made this leap a couple times now, I know how exciting it can be.

    One suggestion: Journal about how you feel today. There are difficult & stressful times ahead, especially with the added financial burden, and it's always helpful to remember why you decided to do this.

    Best of luck! The community is here for you.

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      Thank you @ChiefRocker3! It's both exciting and scary ^^
      You are right about remembering the why. It was already hard at one point, so I will try to not forget that!

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