February 5, 2020

It took 2 months, but I did it. Stripe is here.

Alexander Isora ๐Ÿฆ„ @alexanderisora

I began connecting Stripe into my landing page builder in December 2019. And it took 2 months to finish the work.

Looking back to the update I can tell the work could be finished in under 20 working hours. Yes, that little.

But why it took 2 whole months then?

The first big reason is my inaccuracy.
Stripe offers 2 types of Checkout use:

  1. complex one
  2. simple one (client-only)
    I missed the client-only Stripe integration option and started to build a more complex solution (which required products list management, session creation, private API key storing, currency managing, etc).
    And I almost finished building the integration in this complex way. But suddenly I stumbled the client-only solution (https://stripe.com/docs/payments/checkout/client) which is obviously much simpler to implement.

Lesson learned: when you begin working on a new 3rd party integration start with diligent docs research. Be extra careful. This may save you dozens of hours.

The second spoke in my wheel was my brain. I got burned out (again! ๐Ÿ˜ญ).
I kept refusing this frustrating though and continued to work. Day by day.
Instead of taking a few days of a digital detox or having a short traveling experience, stubborn me continued working.
This pushed me into an even more exhausting state.

Lessons learned:

  1. When you feel exhausted, it's time to get some rest. Some quality deep rest. To monitor your mind and body feeling, practice meditation.
  2. A good rest is an act of investment in your productivity.

The biggest anxiety was I could not work on other features until I finished the Stripe integration. I could not drop the thing I'm working on.

Now I feel like the released house-elf from the Harry Potter movie. "Dobby is free!". Yay!
I can finally pay attention to the endless suggestion my dear users gave me and the bugs they reported.

Anyway, the Stripe Checkout integration is ready now. It can be used to accept online payments (both recurring and one-time purchase) right from a Unicorn Platform landing page. Sweet!

I'm curious how do you keep your work-life balance? How do you avoid burning out? Please share your experience. I think I really need to learn about keeping a healthy mind ๐Ÿ™‚

Update announces:

On Broadwise.org: https://broadwise.org/t/unicorn-platform-landing-page-builder-for-startups/126/3

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/unicornplatform/status/1225018581437632512

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