Community Building January 9, 2021

What goals have you set for 2021?

Ryan Castle @RyanCastle

Hey IH community, welcome to 2021! 🎉

Tell us, what are your goals for year?

Setting a goal (or more than one) for the year ahead can be a great way to focus some energy.

You can have any numbers or types of goals, though one thing I would advise though is to make the goals vague - don’t be too specific! 🤔

To start us off, my goals for this year are:

  • Launch a SAAS product
  • Learn how I can work with more charities
  • Re-focus on supporting new tech-ideas from my fellow cancer patients

These goals are very vague, but also achievable, so make sure that you don’t set goals that are too specific for the year ahead! 😳

I can’t wait to hear what goals you people are striving for in 2021! 🤩

  1. 6

    My goal for 2021 is to cover my living expenses.

  2. 4

    My goal for 2021 is to switch Divjoy to a recurring revenue model and increase revenue from $50k (last year) to $100k .

    1. 2

      Nice. How long did it take to reach the first 50K?

      1. 2

        Been live since August 2019, so a little over a year.

        1. 2

          That's an awesome result, congrats :)

    2. 2

      Ooh, Divjoy looks great - great work on your work so far!

      Switching your revenue model sounds like a large change! I do hope you have a successful change!

      1. 1

        Thanks Ryan! Definitely going to be tricky. Still trying to figure out how best to gauge success when I won't know churn numbers until a year later...

  3. 3

    My goals for 2021 are:

    • Learn more marketing;
    • Learn write good contents; and
    • Get from $0 to $1,000 MMR.
    1. 2

      Learning is a great goal to set! And I’m guessing that your learning goals will leverage your MMR goal?

      Great work on btw, it looks like a very useful tool 🤩

    2. 1

      Nice tool. Where/how is it hosted? You may need to adapt scale quickly if demand grows well.

      1. 1

        Project hosted on and my apps run on kubernetes. I am planning migrate to dedicated servers in the future.

        1. 1

          Cool. I've used Scaleway Kapsule for a little while and I liked it. Shame they raised their prices quite a bit. I'm using DOKS now (DigitalOcean). Why would you migrate to dedicated servers? You would lose a lot of flexibility especially with Kubernetes.

          1. 1

            Sorry for the confusion, I plan migrate to dedicated servers but still using kubernetes. Using dedicated server is to achieve better performance per dollar. I hate scaleway bait and switch to higher prices.

            1. 1

              Yeah I understood what you meant. What I meant is that with dedicated servers you lose easy block storage and load balancers, autoscaling etc. :)

              1. 1

                Oh I see. I build kubernetes using ansible and not using any cloud specified features such as block storage or load balancer. I create my own cloud native storage using longhorn, load balancer using traefik (with round robin DNS). No solution for autoscaling yet.

                1. 1

                  Gotcha. I have used Longhorn too (as well as Rancher) and I like it. It's by far the best free storage solution for K8s that I have tried.

  4. 3

    My goals:

    • Keep growing VenturesList
    • Working on my 4th and 5th side project
    • Spend more time on Marketing leadership, copywriting and reading
    1. 1

      Good luck! I hope your reading lets you relax somewhat 💪

  5. 3

    My goals for 2021 are:

    1. 2

      Numbers are very specific! Have you started with any numbers so that you can look at “increase of 200%” etc?

      1. 1

        Yes! On Bubblin we have printed about ~700 titles so far. And with Red Goose, we're currently pre-launch but at 80 happy clients.

        1. 1

          Ooh, to me those numbers sounds like a great start! Keep up the great work 🙌

  6. 3

    help 1k folks build profitable communities!

    1. 2

      Ooh, exciting goal - I love working with others to help them achieve their goals 🤩

  7. 3

    Just one: Over 1K MRR from my new baby SaaS :)

    1. 2

      Ooh, exciting to hear! Have you shared your new SAAS product?

      1. 1

        Thanks a lot! It is 0 now so it is so exciting!

        Yes, I shared in Indie Hackers. It is an onsite marketing app for Shopify stores :)

        1. 1

          Ooh, good luck! 🙌

  8. 3
    • Write more content (blogging)
    • Post more on social media, but focused more on helpful content rather than just "selling"
    • Generate more revenue from side projects (
    • Launch more side projects.
    • Double jobs/revenue from my house painting business
    1. 1

      Ooh, lots of great goals this year! I’d recommend not over-stretching how many new projects you create, maybe research which projects provides you with enjoyment?

  9. 2

    Something very common I see people say is "I want to do XYZ this year..." but they forget or never try their best to achieve what they want. I have a lot of goals for 2021, so the best thing I recommend is to use Notion or some other app and write down your goals and make sure you try your best to achieve them.
    I hope that we can have a good and productive 2021 with more hard work and less wishful thinking 👍

    1. 1

      Hey, everyone can be wishful (regardless if their goals are achieved or not).

      Hope you enjoy your year!

      1. 1

        Of course! It's just that a lot of people around me don't even try.

        Hope you enjoy your year as well 🎉

  10. 2

    Officially launch my site. A site, that I hope, no one here ever needs to use.

    1. 2

      Good luck! I'm very intrigued what website you're planning on launching 🤔

      1. 2

        A site for victims of crimes. Tracks and reports when a 'person/ perpetrator/ etc' is released (among other things). I live in Dallas, and none of the existing solutions handle the specific county I live in. So I'm writing my own.

        1. 2

          That sounds like an amazing creation (though I see why you hope nobody needs to use it), I hope it works out for you! 🙌💪

  11. 2
    • Continue as a solo founder on Feedgrip
    • Make it Ramen Profitable
    • Brush up on technical skills
    1. 2

      I love the phrase "Ramen Profitable" 🤩 Good luck with your goals!

      1. 1

        Thanks a lot Ryan!

  12. 2

    My goal this year is to step up my game with promoting - I have done it very poorly so far because I am new to this. Also I have had some distractions so I haven't done as much as I would have liked it. Time to change that.

    1. 1

      Good luck with your goal! 🙌

      1. 1

        Thanks Ryan! I will need it :)

  13. 2


    • get revenue and expand the team at the current startup I'm employed
    • create company
    • launch Amethyst Platform and get at least break even
    • help some small businesses on the tech side (figuring out social media, website, google maps, etc) pro bono.


    • get married
    • buy a house
    • get a puppy and a kitten
    1. 1

      It's gonna be a busy year apparently :D

    2. 1

      Great to hear that you have both personal and professional goals! I hope the puppy and kitten are cute 🐶🐱

  14. 2

    Launch a new platform for designers to stay on top of trends + motivation ✌️

    1. 1

      I do love the sound of that! Have you started on this platform?

      1. 1

        I have! Nothing worth sharing yet but hoping to have something for people to use soon 💪

        1. 1

          Great work so far - good luck!

  15. 2

    To scale a simple developer/roadmap/goal setting tool to $200 MRR! 💪

    1. 1

      Great to hear! Are you starting with $0 MRR, or have you started the year with a number?

      1. 2

        Haha I’m starting from the whiteboard! 😂

        I’ve been brainstorming ideas lately and it would be awesome if you were the first indie hacker to take a look at the plan.

        Here’s the google drive link

        1. 1

          I've had a look, and that is a well-structured plan!

          So many people (sometimes myself included) just jump strait into development without a solid plan - I think you've done a great job planning 💪

          1. 1

            Thanks Ryan. I’ll continue to work on this.

            Do you think that tool is something you would’ve used when you started or are learning a new language? (Even if it was free)

            1. 2

              No problem!

              For sure - when I was first learning to code, I scoured the web for tutorials and online courses. I was aged 12 at the time, so my budget was £0, but I'm sure that most others would love using (and paying for) well-created courses.

              Over my now-decade working with tech/code, I did spend a period as a lead-teacher at a coding bookcamp. Once you've got a few learners onboard, feel free to drop me an email asking for some thoughts! ✉️

              1. 1

                Cool - thanks. I'll be sure to check over with you. Thanks for your useful advice! 🙏

  16. 2

    Collaboration with Privacy Friendly Apps/Services by next month.

    1. 1

      Great to hear that you have goals, but what about the next 11 months? 🤔

  17. 2

    Get good at content creation and reach 100 subscribers for my newsletter-

    1. 2

      Good luck! 🙌 Why not ask your existing readers what keeps them reading?

      1. 1

        That is a good one, I will do that. Thank you!

  18. 2

    Getting better at time management.
    I only freelance and indie hack now. No more job, no more boss... no more productivity😕
    Usually, by the time I have breakfast and take my emails it's time for supper and I wonder where my time went. (exaggerating, but you get the idea)
    Getting up early will be a nice start. (literally...)

    1. 2

      Hey, getting time-management cracked can be difficult! I'm always sprouting tasks/ideas, and if I didn't control myself I'd always loose track of time.

      I'd recommend looking at some calendar/planning tools - I use for all of my ideas/plans, why not take a look?

    2. 1

      PS: I realize "Getting better" is way too vague, I have some numbers.

  19. 2

    growth, money and chill

  20. 2

    Just launching I’ve been developing for a year more or less. Realized I’m never gonna be done, just need to be feature (MVP) complete!

    1. 1

      I used to do this all the time - working on new stuff rather than sticking to MVP features for launch! 😆

      Good luck, and please don't get too nervous about launching and MVP only version - You got this!!! 🚀

  21. 2

    All I want is to earn the Productivity Owl's respect.

    I wrote the respect score calculation myself, so I know what it takes... but after a couple weeks of using the new ProductivityOwl my respect score is still 2/100. 😭

    1. 1

      Owls aren't humans - don't worry yourself too much 🙌

    2. 1

      Seems like a tough goal!
      I'll give your extension a try.

  22. 2

    My goal is get 100 houses in the U.S. to actively use Announcr's "Talking Houses" implementation. Which would mean there are 100 houses in neighborhoods broadcasting positive messages to passers-by :)

    1. 1

      Ooh, broadcasting positive messages is always amazing 🤩 Have you started broadcasting yet, I’d love to hear more!

      1. 2

        I’m a good way into the MVP, hope to release this month, and will setup in my own neighborhood to test ASAP
        Talking Houses!

        1. 1

          Fantastic work - your website looks great too!

          I hope to see a post on IH from you once you launch 🚀

  23. 2

    My goal is to scale my app Fast Calorie Counter to 1000€ (=1200$) MRR. Currently 150-200$ MRR. I think this is possible because i already have a lot of downloads but i struggle with user retention. So focus will be on the product itself. Listen to my users and improve the app every week and every month.

    1. 2

      That goal sounds great! User retention sounds like a great place to learn, and I’m very pleased to hear that you’ve cracked how valuable user feedback can be 🙌

  24. 2
    • Launch my app.
    • Get into accelerator/incubator, and/or raise funding.
    • Move to Sydney. I currently live in California.
    1. 1

      Are you close to launching your app? Your travel goal sounds exciting, any exciting reasoning behind?

      1. 1

        Almost. I hired a frontend developer to spruce up the app/site and working on some backend stuff, user achievements and such. Hopefully, in another month.
        Moving to Sydney would be primarily for love. :)

        1. 2

          Ooh, exciting! Great work so far, good luck with your goals 🙌

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