So I think it's time to try something different. I need to finally prove to myself that I can make some money as a solo entrepreneur.
Up until now I've been spending most of my time trying to come up with and build SAAS products, learning how to code and build said SAAS products, wrangling with infrastructure, and trying to learn some marketing too.
This has been an ongoing process since about 2016(with various intermittent false-starts before that). All of this effort has resulted in me learning soo so much, and has helped me tremendously in my day-job, but has brought in exactly $0 as an entrepreneur and maker. And this makes me a sad panda. 😞
I want to change that. And I bet some of you feel the same.
Think big? No! I'm going to think small!
And I think that in order to get a little bit of encouragement I need to reassess what I consider to be 'success'. I'm going to dial it back a bit.
No more lofty goals and visions of empire. I'm thinking small this time. Very small. My goal for the next 10 weeks will be to simply try and make a grand total of $10.
That's it! Only 10 dollars and this whole mission will be considered a success.
I'm not aiming for financial independence or to replace my day-job - no! I just want to release something into the world that someone thinks is worth paying for.
Okay, but why so low tho?
"$10? What? Why not at least $1000?"
This might seem like a ridiculously anti-ambitious goal to most of you - even offensive! But to me, at this point in time, it still feels like it might be a genuine challenge, considering my track record.
I have spent literally years and have had expenses amounting to thousands, yet still have nothing to show for it. I'm beginning to feel very unmotivated and hopeless with the idea of indie hacking in general, to be honest.
All the work and effort I've put in have always been met with the silence of the indifference. I really need a win for a change, even if it's just a tiny one. Some psychological fuel in the tank, so to speak.
So I'm approaching this like a writer would writers' block - by trying to have the absolute minimal of goals every week, and an objectively doable end-goal for the near future.
If I can make $10 in 10 weeks, then perhaps it would be plausible that I could make $100 in the 10 after.
So how will I go about achieving this magnificent feat? Well, every week I'll attempt to discover one small market need, and create a small micro-product as a solution.
It doesn't need to be(and probably won't be) software. It could be an info product, physical product, service or even just getting someone to click on and convert an affiliate link. Anything that can result in some money coming my way.
The are only two rules; I must come up with an idea and get it to market in a single week, and I need to have made a grand total net of $10 after 10 weeks.
Follow along - join in or just watch
I'll be posting a weekly update here with some income reports(I hope! 🙃😆). I'll also share my progress and thoughts on the Twitters.
If you want to join the party, feel free, and please let me know! I am willing to bet that there are a couple of us who feel like I do, people who need some small wins as as indie makers. We can huddle around #10microproducts10weeks for support.
And even if you are a successful entrepreneur or ballin' indie maker, perhaps you can give it a go too, just for the heck of it. Could be fun! And perhaps you can give the rest of us some tips, encouragement or some twitter juice.
The clock starts now
I'm writing this on Sunday 19 July 2020. My next update should be by next weekend - hopefully with at least a single sale of some sorts.
I have my first idea ready and will start developing it right after I post this post(it's going to be an info product). Perhaps I will reach my goal after week one! 😍 Or perhaps not. 🤷♂️ Let's see where this goes.
Anyhow, I hope this coming series of posts will serve to inspire, motivate, or at the very least, entertain you.
If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please hit my up on Twitter @riknieu