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6 steps to becoming an indie hacker

okolilemuel profile image Lemuel Okoli ・3 min read

It's 2020, and the future is indie.

Whether it's $500/month on the side or $10,000/month to quit your job, it's easier than ever to draw an income from your own projects.

indie β€’ hacker

noun

A person building an online project that can generate revenue
A person seeking financial independence, creative freedom, and the ability to work on their own schedule

Follow the steps below to get started!

1. Commit to a goal

Before you get started, chart a course. How do you want your life to look? What does success look like? And what would make the journey to get there enjoyable?

RECOMMENDED READING
Questions to Ask Before Starting
Scientific Guide to Setting Goals
How to Get and Stay Motivated
Making a Living On Your Own
Founders Share Their Revenue

2. Find a partner

Many people thrive when working alone, but sometimes it helps to find a partner to complement your skillset and keep you motivated. What's right for you?

RECOMMENDED READING
Benefits of Working Together
On Being a Solo Founder
Dos and Don’ts of Partnering Up
Finding a Technical Co-Founder

3. Brainstorm an idea

Coming up with an idea is easier than you might think! Check out the resources below for some inspiration and top-notch guidance.

RECOMMENDED READING
Successful Business Ideas
Do a Tiny Product First
How to Brainstorm Great Business Ideas
Start By Finding an Audience

4. Create your MVP

No matter what you're creating, it's best to start small. What's the minimum viable product (MVP) you can get out the door and start testing on real customers?

RECOMMENDED READING
Going from Idea to Product
Examples of Building Products
Coding Products Quickly
Learn to Build Without Code

5. Find your first customers

Just because you've created something doesn't mean people know about it. It's time to get the word out, build an audience, and grow your customer base.

RECOMMENDED READING
Ultimate Guide for Marketing
Do Things That Don't Scale
Case Studies for Finding Users
A Good Product Isn't Enough
Skip the Big Launch
How to Grow an Audience
Your First Ten Customers

6. Build in public

Being an indie hacker is a lot more fun when you're talking to others. Get support and feedback from your peers by sharing your journey in public.

RECOMMENDED READING
Why You Should Build in Public
Where to Share Your Progress
Gain a Competitive Advantage

To know more about indie hacking, join the INDIE HACKERS community.

Cheers!🍻

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