Well that happened faster than I thought it would. I think there's a lot of truth to the adage that "the first X customers are the hardest to earn".
Insert whatever value for X you like - the point is that growth seems to get easier the more you grow. The first 20 customers took a few months to earn. The last 20 customers were all earned in a single month.
I'm not going to get complacent though, I know there are still tons of challenges to go, and growth can slow down at any time. But it was very nice to experience a few weeks of decent growth after a loooong time slogging it out.
While I'm on the topic of slogging it out... I posted this tweet which really highlights some of the realities of bootstrapping a product.
The last Quarter of Bannerbear growth has been really great. 500% growth.
But the story that you don't see is everything that has led up to this quarter. I started building SaaS products 2 years ago. They all failed. Everything began to change when (1) I focused on one thing, and (2) I chose a space I'm passionate about.
Focus, passion, and perseverance. Those are the 3 things you need to get your business off the ground.
I'm convinced more than ever that the primary advantages you can have as an indiehacker are simply a commitment to a long-term horizon and a personal, passionate fit with your product (also known as Founder-Market fit).