Weekend Club

The weekend co-working club for bootstrappers.

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The weekend co-working club for bootstrappers.

March 2, 2021 We launched Weekend Club on Product Hunt today ✌️

Weekend Club is the weekend co-working club for bootstrappers, and we just launched on Product Hunt. I'd love your support!

https://www.producthunt.com/posts/weekend-club-2

We started out in a co-working space in October 2019, then when COVID hit pivoted to remote. Since then we've welcomed bootstrappers from around the world, opened Americas and GMT time zones, tripled our MRR and seen some incredible projects dropped by our members.

I may be biased, but think we're one of the most supportive little communities on the internet. Show us some love Indie Hackers ❤️️

PS - we're currently offering 30 days free trials for those interested. Use code PRODUCTHUNT at sign-up on weekendclub.co for 50% off your first month.

January 25, 2021 Weekend Club launched in Americas time zones 🙏

weekendclub.co is the weekend co-working club for bootstrappers.

Until recently, we ran weekly, Saturday co-working sessions 10am-5pm on GMT (UK time) only, meaning only people in Europe and Africa would generally join (although we did have members in the USA and Australia too!).

Since 9th January, we've also been running sessions 10am-5pm US Central time, which has opened us up to a bunch of awesome new members. People had been pestering me to do this for a while, so I'm glad it's finally up and running.

I feel strongly that building things on weekends (especially important for people who still have day jobs) should be less lonely, and more fun and accountable. That's why someday I want Weekend Club to be available to every time zone on the planet. So whether you're in India, Vietnam or Australia, there will be a session at a convenient local time, every Saturday.

When we started out in London co-working spaces back in October 2019, I never envisioned we'd be welcoming new Weekenders from places as far away as Brisbane, Santa Barbara and Connecticut. It's been a privilege to build and be a part of this community every day, and I can't wait to launch the next time zone session, and the one after that.

Any questions, just let me know in the comments :)

December 11, 2020 Weekend Club hit $1k MRR 🚀

Just over 1 year since we launched, weekendclub.co has now broken $1,000 Monthly Recurring Revenue. $1,104 to be precise!

Weekend Club is the weekend co-working community for bootstrappers.

It’s been quite a journey, starting as a twice monthly meet-up at a co-working space in east London. A lot of things have changed in the community since:

  • We pivoted remote (using Slack and Zoom)
  • 50 members strong from around the world, (USA, UK, Malta, Greece, Australia and beyond).
  • Added 100+ software deals (e.g. Stripe, Airtable, Bubble)
  • We saw a bunch of great new businesses and products launch (Remake, Talk To Stefan, ContentUK, Mugshot Bot, Catchup, Embarque, WhatFeatures, Tiiny Host, Indie Bites pod, Woolfie, Timo, Data Fetcher, VEED API, Simple Decisions to name a few)

Thanks to all our amazing members old and new. The community is literally nothing without you, and I couldn't be more happy to be on this journey together. We're just at the beginning 🙏

If you fancy checking us out, just visit weekendclub.co :)

September 2, 2020 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 :)

June 17, 2020 Added 100+ discounts to Weekend Club, for free 😱

I'm in a generous mood, so added a tonne of discounts to the Weekend Club membership.

We teamed up with joinsecret.com to provide a bunch of special offers, all within the same subscription.

Members now get:

$5,000 credit on AWS
$2,000 credit on Airtable
$4,000 credit on Freshworks
$500 credit on Bubble
12 months free on Sendgrid
6 months free on Typeform
...And much more 😃

If you too enjoy important and free stuff, plus an awesome Indie Hackers community to build your business with, start a free trial at weekendclub.co 🔥

May 11, 2020 Pivoted Weekend Club to fully remote 👀

Weekend Club (weekendclub.co) was an IRL Saturday meetup for Indie Hackers to work on their projects together, and things were going great. Then COVID-19 hit.

I had two options. Roll over and die, or figure things out. As you've probably guessed, I chose the latter.

Here's what I've done so far:

📉 Lowered prices for existing members.
🧠 Changed our positioning ('Work IRL with other Indie Hackers' ->>> 'The #1 accountability community for Indie Hackers & solo entrepreneurs.'
🔥 Went from every 2 weeks to weekly sessions (if we go back to IRL, this might return to every 2 weeks).
☁️ Revised the format to be fully focused on Zoom and Slack (runs 10am-6pm BST on Saturdays).
🤼 Added 'productivity buddies' - each member is randomly matched with another member for a 1:1 video call to hold each other accountable.
🖋 Revised the landing page with testimonials, new headlines and social proof (showing some of our member projects) - thanks for the help Olly (from RoastMyLandingPage.com).
🤯 Added deals. You can now get 50% off VanillaSocial.co and striqopodcast.com/launch

The results so far:

📈 Net increase of 7 subscribers (44% increase, from 16-23).
📉 Slight decrease in MRR from $500 -> $488 due to lowering prices. However if some free trials convert, it should be just under $600.
❓ Landing page conversion rate seems higher, but too early to tell. I'll update you :D

Overall, I'm happy with the progress, but much more to do.

The next steps are to optimise the landing page better for mobile, improve our onboarding process, and adapt the customer experience so people feel even more accountability.

Want to sign-up? Go here 👉 weekendclub.co 👈

Any questions? Let me know in the comments 👇

March 2, 2020 Hit $500 MRR for Weekend Club :D

Weekend Club hit the $500 MRR benchmark yesterday, after reaching 16 subscribers. You can check us out here: weekendclub.co

As a reminder - we provide Saturday co-working sessions and a private Slack to learn how to make profitable internet businesses from a wider community.

The day starts with a stand-up, followed by lunch, then a demo at the end of the day, running 10am-6pm.

I feel comfortable that the format has been well validated, based on paying customers and generally very positive feedback. Plus, a similar format is opening soon in Amsterdam, based on our success so far.

My first 16 customers were very much from the 'do things that don't scale' approach, manually recruiting from my friends/network. The IndieBeers.co meetup and newsletter I run certainly helped too.

Next steps:

  • reach 20 paying customers
  • expand Weekend Club to more dates (currently it's just twice per month in a single location)

Would you want one of these locally? Let me know in the comments if so.

January 31, 2020 Completed the Weekend Club beta programme

After a 3 month beta programme to validate WeekendClub.co and make improvements, I can confirm it was a success! We'll be continuing into 2020 and beyond. 🛠

We've built a small but strong community of Indie Hackers in a variety of stages of their journey, from running profitable businesses full time, to just getting started.

I'm hugely excited to see how we can not only improve what we have, but scale it beyond the 20 of us to other co-working spaces, other cities, and maybe, someday, other countries.

Before working on scaling, I'm working on strengthening the foundations. My focus now is:

  • Write down our community guidelines and vision
  • Improve the onboarding experience
  • Create more opportunities / remove friction to collaborate during our IRL sessions

Watch this space.

November 16, 2019 Hosted second Weekend Club

After a successful first outing and 15 subscribers, we hosted the second Weekend Club.

The goal here was to implement a bunch of improvements from last time, most of which I learnt through the survey sent out after.

This is what we changed:

🎶 Added background music, to provide a bit more ambience

🤼‍♂️ Made a dedicated area for collaboration, with whiteboards, stationary, post-its and pens

🖥️ Provided more screens to plug laptops into

💻 Scheduled a demo at the end of the day, to encourage accountability, inspiration and learning from each other

⏰ Made automated Slack and email reminders for future sessions, including all details

📖 Using Glide, we've created a no-code app with details of all Weekend Club members and upcoming sessions

This was a great session, and I was particularly impressed by the demo. Some ideas were earlier stage than others, but the standard is super high. I'm really excited to see some of these products out in the wild :D

Priorities for improvements next time:

📨 Finalise welcome packs for early subscribers

🤼‍♂️ Add a larger, portable whiteboard for collaboration

👥 Aim to add 5 more subscribers to hit 20 total (potentially the limit for the beta trial, running until end of January)

📝 Add a new section to our Glide app, aggregating all links in the #resource section of our Slack

I'm really enjoying this, as you might be able to tell.

November 11, 2019 Hit $450 MRR (15 customers)

After a trial event, I officially launched the Weekend Club beta programme w/c 14th October, gaining 15 subscribers and $450 MRR.

As a reminder, Weekend Club is a regular, IRL Saturday coworking club - where verified Indie Hackers, Makers and entrepreneurs can work on their projects and help each other.

Here's how I did it:

  1. Created landing page: I made this using Carrd and Mailchimp for email sign-ups to gauge interest, resulting in 30 newsletter subscribers. Of these, 15 attended the first trial event.

  2. Free trial event: After hosting this, I sent a follow up survey to gauge interest and gather feedback on how to do a paid subscription, in terms of expectations and pricing. This went well, and you can see the results here: https://www.indiehackers.com/product/weekend-club/hosted-the-first-weekend-club--LouMkpRQZQNBC3_aR-v

  3. Launched Weekend Club: after analysing feedback and figuring out the model, this is how I got to 15 paying subscribers:

  • updated my landing page, including the pricing and offering
  • found a vendor to accept subscription payments (I went with Launchpass, where users can pay a subscription and instantly be invited to a private Weekend Club Slack. This is where I also onboard them and share details on future events)
  • launched the offering on Twitter, Slack and sent a mailshot out to existing email sign-ups
  • used the IndieBeers newsletter (which has ~100 sign-ups) to market it
  • manually recruiting users through Whatsapp, Twitter DM, Slack messages

The result is that within 1 week I had 15 subscribers and $450 MRR.

Next steps:

  • host next Weekend Club (this Saturday 16th Nov)
  • apply improvements I learnt from last time
  • try to convert the 3x free trialists attending

If you'd like a free trial to Weekend Club, please sign-up here: https://weekendclub.co

Note: My Stripe verified revenue seems to say $440, rather than $450. However, it should say $450 (before Stripe fees).

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