2020 is the year of everyone going crazy on indie hacking, building bootstrapped products, starting paid newsletters, and launching podcasts.
I jumped on this boat myself, but this time with full steam ahead. Full time. I quit my job to teach blockchain programming - no more hobbies or side projects.
I want to share my top two findings from the first week as an indie-hacker with you.
I find myself surprisingly lost - in a good way. As someone who loves structures and rules, waking up at 9 am for the stand-up, for years, it feels peculiar NOT to HAVE TO.
- When do you want to wake up? Up to you!
- What do you want to work on? Up to you!
- How are you going to implement this product? Up to you!
Do you want to play CS:GO for 10 hours? Ok. Do you want to work for 16 hours? Ok.
This sounds fantastic until you realize that your day's structure has a direct impact on your earnings :)
Exciting because there is no cap on how much you can earn, but also a bit stressful because you may earn 10 000$ this month, or 0.
When you start indie hacking, you will probably be a solo founder. A developer with a good idea? Well, congratulation! You are now also a product team, marketing team, sales team, and potentially a legal team.
You soon realize that the tech is probably the least of your problems :) Coding is the easiest part! You already have experience in solving technical challenges. But that's now only 30% of your workweek compared to the previous 100% as a dev employee (depending on what you are building ofc).
Ultimate freedom comes with the ultimate responsibility - as superman would say.
Well, the answer will vary from person to person. That's the beauty of it - there are no rules.
I left my comfy job bc I want to acquire a new marketing, business skills, and bring more devs into the blockchain ecosystem.
Follow me on Twitter if you are considering this journey or want to learn more about self-employment, indie-hacking, and my current obsession with blockchain programming:
What about you? Did you try entrepreneurship? Are you considering it?