I quit my programming job towards the end of 2019, mainly because it was getting too boring and repetitive. I craved for the freedom that indie hackers had, and finally.. I took the plunge!
Oh oh! I had underestimated the feeling of sheer horror of living off of my savings, so I had to concoct a plan: I was to make small products first, enough to get to passive ramen profitability, get some experience launching indie products, and then I could focus on making it big(-ger).
After downgrading myself from a cushy desk and 5K display to tables in cafés and a 13" MacBook Pro, I felt my creative juices constrained. How will I build the next big thing if I could only see one app window at once? How do I manage 20 open apps effectively?
An idea was born: Mission Control Plus: a simple "X" button that shows up on top of app windows in macOS' Mission Control, and a couple of keyboard shortcuts, to manage these apps.
I thought that if I had that problem, others would too, and so I'd make a few sales per month out of this product, enough to pay for my coffee in aforementioned cafés.
I hacked the app in about a week, made some neat visuals and a landing page, and submitted to ProductHunt. It got featured, and downloads/sales started pouring in.
Over one year, Mission Control Plus has remained the same, with the occasional bug fix.
Looking back at the numbers, the app definitely made more than I would have expected, increasing my confidence that there's a niche market for macOS utilities that still has a lot of potential:
Sales via Paddle: $11,731.08
Sales via SetApp: $8,325.00