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Weekend Club hit $750+ MRR 📈

11 months in, Weekend Club (weekendclub.co) is now on $777 MRR. We're a bootstrapper support network and accountability community built around remote, Saturday co-working sessions.

I'm delighted at how this community is maturing. It started out from friends I made running the IndieBeers meetups in London. People started asking me for a weekend co-working club with other bootstrappers, which we did in physical spaces. Then after COVID hit, we went remote. And here we are!

The main channels for growth were:

  • building a newsletter/Twitter audience first through IndieBeers (which was later merged with indieldn.com)
  • members inviting their friends
  • the Indie Hackers site itself of course

That was enough to get to this stage, but for continued growth I'll need new channels. Now that churn has been at 0% for over 3 months, I'm ready to make this my next big project.

I'll share my learnings as I go.

Oh yeah, and if you want a limited, free 30 day trial, you can sign-up on weekendclub.co :)

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    I've been a member of Weekend Club from the start, from the idea at Indie Beers, to our sessions in Whitechapel to now weekly remote sessions. I've even been lucky enough to help host some of the sessions with our fantastic members.

    You really do get a sense of community within Weekend Club, which is hard to do. I know every member and speak to a lot of them on a weekly, if not daily basis.

    Amazing work Charlie - keep it going!

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      Thanks so much man, love your support and having you in the community / as fellow host. ✌️

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    I remember joining ths first weekend club and feeling like there was a gap for people like myself to team up with other smart indie hackers and stay accountable on the things we are working on.

    Charlie has also "built-in" public and it's pretty open how the community has grown and well documented online.

    It still feels very personal. Keep up the great work Charlie

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      @jayyoms thanks for being an awesome member, since the early IndieBeers days!

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    Well deserved Charlie! I absolutely love being a part of Weekend Club. It's a special place you're building 😊. There's a rare mix of both practical and emotional support for fellow members from the community.

    Keep it up!

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      Thanks so much Christina. 🙏 You're a fantastic member, and it's awesome watching you build your own community! Excited to see how ContentUK continues to develop and grow ⏫

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    Looks like an awesome community. I run Parent’s Club, and I’m curious how you landed on a 21 day trial? Also, any thoughts on credit card required vs no credit card required?

    Today, I have a 7-day trial (full access) with credit card required.

    Vincent

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      Thanks! Honestly the debate of free trial w/ cc, free trial no cc or $ up front with a money-back guarantee goes back and forth, but the only way to know for sure is to test them out for your particular business.

      For a while we asked for money up front with a money-back guarantee, and nobody signed up. After introducing a 30 day free trial, sign-ups (and conversions) went through the roof. However this might not work for another type of product/community.

      We started with 30 days, but after talking to some members who converted, they said they knew within 2 weeks or so whether they'd sign up or not. So I thought it was possible to reduce to 3 weeks. That's it really!

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        Thanks, Charlie - this gives me a lot to think about. Something that has worked well for me is $3/month for 3 months, then $9.95 afterward. This gives members a much longer period of time to decide whether to stay long-term.

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    That's awesome! Congrats!

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    Man, this really resonates with me. I should totally join this thing!

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      I just saw you signed up @andrewclapham 🎉 Will be in touch v soon!

      Appreciate your support 🙏

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    Huge fan of Weekend Club and love being part of it. I personlly find the weekly 1 on 1 calls with other founders super fun, its a great way to meet other likeminded people.

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      Thanks so much mate 💪 Appreciate your support and all the effort you put into helping others early in their journey, it's very much noticed!

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    Awesome milestone! Absolutely love this community. There's definitely a lot of value in being part of smaller close-knit communities.

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      Thanks so much for being a long-time supporter and awesome member Elston 🙏

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    Great work, Charlie! Glad to be working side by side with you :))

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      Thanks Rhys, appreciate you! 📈

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    Amazing work, Charlie! Great to see Weekend Club doing so well. I'll be getting involved soon for sure 🙌

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      Excited to try this out!

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        @pranaysingh we'd love to have you aboard. You can sign up for a free trial on weekendclub.co 🤝

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      Thanks @mattts - we'd be delighted to have you.

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    Big fan of Weekend Club and the support of both Charlie and fellow members.

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      Thank you my friend 💪 It's nothing without awesome members like yourself Stefan.

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    It's been awesome to see Weekend Club grow, well done @charlierward 😊

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    Awesome work, Charlie! I really love being a part of Weekend Club. It's truly a great community.

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      Thanks so much @rhodaesq - so happy to have you in the community!

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    Nice work Charlie!

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    "1pm - optional lunch w/ expert guests" - how does this work?

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      Invited guest over a video call, I believe. I did one once. :)

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        Thanks @rosiesherry - beat me to it :)

        @Zlatko we have different types of lunchtime sessions. Our most popular are guest Q&As with experts like Rosie, but we also have guided discussions, open office hours, roasts etc.

        Why don't you try us out and I can show you? weekendclub.co

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          Thanks. Would love to, but weekends are for family (since throughout the week I'm working). This lunch session would be interesting though. Is it possible to join for the lunch session, but not the whole day?

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