I'm a Software engineer and, probably just like you, a long time Indie Hackers lurker.
To say that I've never had an idea for a product to work on wouldn't be accurate. I've probably had tons along the years.But, for one reason on another, I've never took a single project from idea to business.
I guess this is normal for most people. You just loose motivation and ultimately realize that the problem you were willing to solve isn't worth solving,. Or it wasn't a problem at all. Or maybe it was and you just gave up. You never know.
A few weeks ago. Once again. I was hit by a problem I thought it could be worth solving.
It wasn't my own problem, like the ideal story would tell. But I was starting to notice that more and more people who were used to run in-person classes and workshops were forced to move their businesses online because of the current situation in most countries.
Specifically, I focused on workshops. Not like Udemy courses, but actual workshops where the host is the one teaching you any kind of thing live over Zoom. There're tons. Yoga, creativity, painting, music instruments, etc, etc
I consider myself a person that, as many others, work at his best under motivation. So, for this time, I was determined not to loose it until I really know if there was demand for this problem to be solved.
Since the idea itself was not motivating me as much to go and build an MVP, I decided to do something I never did. Talk to a potential customer even before having a product to show.
From the very beginning, I had this person in mind. I started to imagine how the product would look like and I always envisioned how she would find it useful.
I met this person in a co-working space several years ago. She's a creative content creator and before the whole pandemic, she was running a workshop on creativity. An in-person workshop.
She moved from Buenos Aires to Berlin a few weeks before the COVID outbreak and decided to continue giving the workshop online.
I knew this so I simply wrote her an email saying that I was working on a product related to online workshops and I asked if we could have a call so I could understand what her workflow was.
She replied. And we talked. And the outcome of that call couldn't be more fantastic.
I learned a hell lot from it. She told me that she was using Eventbrite to manage and publish the workshops and was very passionate about describing the problems she was facing and how much she would like to automate and make certain thins easier.
I came up with a precise understanding of what her pain points are. And, funny enough, they had nothing to do with what I originally thought.
I do have now the motivation I need. I know for a fact that there's one single human that will find value if I build this. And that's all I need for now.