Coronavirus August 4, 2020

Why I started a business during COVID-19 🚩

Brayden 👋 @BraydenTW

I think it’s about time I tell you my story about how/why I created buildfaster.co.

It was a sunny afternoon in March when I was on my laptop practicing some of my web development skills. I got a message from my friend Josh telling me that he was selling his HTML theme on loveyourlanding.com. I checked it out and I thought it was pretty cool. More than that, I never realized that you could make money from selling website templates. I saw some themes being sold online every once-in-a-while but never had the idea of creating my own.

So immediately I started ideating, designing, and coding my first theme I would sell. What I was working on was soon to become the Lightning Blue theme ⬇

I was pleased with what I had created and decided to get some feedback from other developers. For this, I chose IndieHackers. The IndieHackers community always gives great feedback and growth tips which is why I 💖 it so much.

After I got some design/UI feedback, I worked on a few more that I would plan to sell.

The Branding 🎨

That was great, but I forgot about one thing. The name of my business.

I was so caught up with coding the themes and getting feedback that I forgot to start working on the branding. 🤭

Over the next couple weeks I asked the IndieHackers community what I should name my business. I told them that I sell easy-to-setup and beautiful HTML themes. I wanted my name to fit that.

I got great suggestions and finally fixed on one: BuildFaster 🥳

Launched! 🚀

After this, I worked on the website and after many revisions, BuildFaster.co launched! 🚀

At the time of writing this, it’s been two months since I’ve launched and a lot has happened since then. I’ve reached $200+ NET sales and am close to reaching my goal of $150/mo in sales.

My goals 🤔

But that was the past and what’s coming is the future. I’m trying everyday to improve BuildFaster’s user-friendliness and it’s conversions.


This story is an extract from The BuildFaster Update.

View the full post here 👈

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    Awesome story Brayden! I'm happy for you 😊

  2. 1

    Hey @BraydenTW - awesome story. Congratulations!

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      Thanks! Have you started a business during COVID-19?

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        Yes I have started a business during COVID. I created SplashPad (https://getsplashpad.com). SplashPad helps entrepreneurs write promotional emails that capture attention and lead to conversions by providing easily customizable pre-written messages.

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          Thanks! That sounds interesting. I’ll have to check it out :)

  3. 1

    Great story, Brayden. I admire your follow through and pumping this out! I’ll stop by the site and check it out.

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      Thanks! Let me know if you have any questions :)

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