I learnt that Trainer's Joy solves a problem that seems to be too rare. A trainer will not redesign their trainings often enough that this product will help them. I will now try to make a product that solves a problem that occurs daily. Next experiment: Putting up a landing page for "Yes but not for long", then see how many sign-ups and customer interviews I will get.
Yesterday and today, I set up a discussion forum for the audience I found the days before. My idea is to found a community around the subject of instructional design work (because design is bringing order into chaos; that is always hard and Trainer's Joy will help people with that). Currently, I'm the only one in that community. :-) Let's see how that will change in the future.
The last two days, I researched my audience on the Internet. In my mind, I previously used to call them "professional trainers", i.e. people who give trainings, doing everything by themselves: from the idea for a new training until the training can be delivered. Hence, the product name is "trainer's joy".
However, during the research I learned that this process is usually called "instructional systems design" and that there are specialists called "instructional designers". OK, one more persona for this product.
And I learned that there are "teachers" at schools and universities who could also benefit from this product.
And I learned that in the e-learning space, there are "e-learning authors" who might benefit from the final output of Trainer's Joy!
Wow, suddenly I have 4 personas instead of one ... amazing!
Both of these lovely people inspired me to join Indie Hackers because I think that creating something together with other folks is much more fun and gives me some accountability, too.
A website with the first two pages ("home" and "how it works") went live. I created a doodle explainer video to allow visitors to understand what Trainer's Joy can do for them.
I put the site live and informed the Google search engine about it. (Build it and they will come? Possibly not!)
To get some feedback, I invited a few friends to try Trainer's Joy. Got the first sign-ups this way.
The system seems to be stable. However, feedback is few -> I need more trainers who try the app for their own training projects and who really are determined to finish it.
I wrote the backend in Java and connected it to a PostgreSQL database. I wrote the frontend in Typescript and React. Then, I deployed it on Heroku and AWS.
Using the MVP, a trainer can...
As a professional trainer for software engineering methods, I always struggled to build a teachable course that my learners will understand, starting from the raw, unstructured information that I have.
So, I thought, why not write a SaaS for it? I sat down and started to get my hands dirty.
The basic idea is: A trainer has raw material. Help them to...
I am a professional trainer myself, giving courses about software engineering methods. I always found it difficult to get from raw information to a teachable and understandable course material. So, I wrote a SaaS for it!