I got a phobia of failure and that's for real now!
The people in a tech community always say about failing early...
A foreword: Of course, I'm building the current project (and failed about 15 others) mainly to get my life a bit better. Don't get me wrong, for me "better" doesn't mean to be rich, but rather an option to have a second kid without thinking about running out of money. Daniel's story about leaving $500k (https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/177-daniel-vassallo) job is very inspiring and motivating for me, but that's just not my case. I do work for 15 years as a software developer but not even close to those numbers. That's probably how much I earned (and spent on rent) for my whole carrier. At this point, your advice probably would be to learn how to negotiate a salary better and you are right. But it's not what I'm looking for. Unfortunately, being able to create something useful for people is what I'm passionate more about.
MVP, release early, test things first, no code movement... all that sounds and works great until you get into App development. It's hard to stand out from others in this space and even when you find your niche it takes a decent amount of time, blood and sweat to build something.
It's impossible to make people install your App on their phone and pay your monthly subscription for something that doesn't solve their problem properly. Or it's just entertaining, that also should be done properly as there is even more competition. How do you even stay an indie hacker in this environment?
I thought about making a decent product with all useful features and a beautiful onboarding of course. :) But that got me so deep I don't know how to get out from here. I keep adding more "required" tasks to my backlog and can't see where it will end. I just can't afford it to fail anymore as I spend too much time working on it instead of spending time with my family or sleeping.
My best project so far brings me about a $100 a month and it was done initially in a couple of evenings. But the irony is that it's the simplest product I made. I should’ve learned from that and release this asap to work later on improving it, but I can't. For me, it's something that I want to be proud of and that feeling is more powerful than the desire for a successful business case.
I hope that I'm not alone with this problem... but it feels like I am, especially while writing this at 2:25 AM. Have you experienced such anxiety? Can you share your approach to dealing with this? Thank you!