My $50,000 Indie Hacker Journey
For the past few years I have been a software contractor and recently my latest contract came to an end. I was getting ready to look for my next contract when I sat down and had a think about what I really want to do next. I've always wanted to work on my own thing and I have done a couple of things in the past but nothing was wildly successful or it was a half-ass attempt because I was still working full time.
It's been a crazy couple of months for all of us with COVID-19 and 7 months ago I became a father. On one hand it's been great to spend time with my son and enjoy the first couple of months of his life, but on the other hand my partners family live in Ireland and they only recently got to meet him because of travel restrictions. The reason for the delay to him meeting my partners family was due to COVID-19 this time but in future if remote working is not as flexible as it has been during COVID then my son will miss out on a lot of time with my partners side of the family if I continue contracting.
At the start of October I joined IndieHackers and it's been a fantastic community to be a part of. One of the great things about IndieHackers is the transparency that other creators write about. It gives you an insight to what is possible when you have a great product and are able to target a niche effectively.
Because of my exposure to IndieHackers as well as the appeal of being able to work on my own schedule I thought now was a better time than ever to take the jump and try to go at it alone, become an IndieHacker and share my journey.
We are all aware nothing happens overnight and things take time to develop and even more time to build a base of paying customers. I currently have about £40,000 ($50,000) saved up which will give me about 18-24 months of runway. I am trying to set realistic targets so I would like to achieve at least £1,000 ($1,300) per month by November 2021. By achieving this goal each month I could cover the majority of bills and therefore extend the runway that little bit longer.
When my last role finished a friend pitched the idea of a mentoring platform and that is what I have been working on the past couple of months. The tech stack that I am most familiar with is React, Vue and Node but while I was in my previous role I got a taste of Python and Django.
We done mob programming on everything so I just jumped to the conclusion early on that the developers on the team knew there way around the language and the framework. Even though this was the case, the more time I spent working on Django projects the more I realised just how powerful it was.
Because it was at the front of my mind when I was starting to build PeerPioneers.com I thought it was worth a shot to see how quickly I could bootstrap a quick app together. It's fair to say it has exceeded all of my expectations and I can't remember a time when I have been able to make such a huge amount of progress in such a short time.
We have recently successfully launched PeerPioneers.com and so far the response has been fantastic and looking likely that I will reach the goals that I set.
To keep up to date with my progress you can follow me on twitter @wezpyke .