Hey IH - I just had a quick thought I wanted to say that I think is helpful for people just getting started.
No doubt, there are some new indiehackers on here hoping to get started and create a product/service that earns them a living for themselves.
All of the time I see posts that are titled "I made $XX in Y time, here's how I did it."
Avoid those, if you can. They're inspiring, for sure, but there's always something that's missing from the story.
You see, if I just told you about my product's revenue growth - it would be a wild story. Starting from "nothing" and growing it to where it is now. What a dream.
What's not told, is the years and years of learning valuable skills required to pull something like that off.
Not only that, but the longevity of the story matters. Where are they at a year from now? Five years from now? Ten years from now?
Many people do short term things to earn a short term income that is helpful in the moment, but doesn't sustain for the future.
Sometimes, people do short term things to earn popularity, when in reality there's no sustainable way they can keep going the way they're going.
The stories you should pay attention to are from people who've been at it for at least 5-10 years. They are doing the real work, and they're in it for the long haul. My son will turn 5 in a couple of months, and I started 6 months before he was born.
Any real success takes a lot of time, and chances are, if you're not what you consider "successful" you may not have been doing it long enough.
I had several failed attempts before my current product was created. My successful product didn't just come out of thin air. But those failures don't gain you popularity points, or social status.
For the first two years I was still working a full-time job while growing the product. The rockstars aren't the people who quit their jobs to start a business, it's the people who've put in the time (years) and work it takes to make something truly valuable.
That's not nearly as sexy of a click-bait title, though.