[Reflections]Written by Stefan on 8/3/2022
Let’s reflect on July's wins and losses while bootstrapping niche products and where we’re headed in August.
Let's talk about processes.
Everything your business does has a process underneath.
In this article, we're looking at how to get to a process that works:
Let's explore why going viral isn't always the best thing to happen to you.
It's much better to see slow and steady growth and avoid the pains that come with exponential growth in a short time.
Check out our major learnings over the last 6 months that led us to reach $100 MRR for the first time.
It took us 3 months after launching subscriptions to get there, but almost a year before we launched subscriptions.
Keep reading to find out why 🙏
Common knowledge to do marketing to grow your startup.
What's not as commonly known is that you can leverage Engineering resources to market your startup.
Free tools that promote your main tool or just remarkable features that make people talk about your product.
Lets dive into some of the options.
Let me explain why I decided to go all in on Niche Mates and a mental model that you can use to become better at what you do.
Let's talk about "The Mom Test", one all-time favorite books (that I have read way too late in my own journey).
I share what I have learned and why I think it's one of the most important books to read and concepts to understand.
The compound effect is the idea that small changes over time will compound and will have a big effect over a long enough time.
Think investing and compound interest, or showing up every day to make your product just a tiny bit better and increase retention over time.
The problem is that most of the time you put in a bunch of work and you see.... nothing, at least not for a while and it's easy to get demotivated but...
Thoughts on how to avoid the Urgency Trap by scheduling your week the right way.
Using this process will make your life more fulfilling and hopefully help you get the shit done that matters most.
Learn about a stoic process to extract the most important learnings out of a seemingly negative situation and turn it into an opportunity for growth.
Thoughts on how to avoid "Shiny Object syndrome" when building a company with a developer background.
In short: Keep it simple and use what you know, refrain to chase the latest framework and use what makes you most productive.
In this post we look at business reasons for migrating from CRA to Next.js.
The most important reasons for us was to leverage the built in SEO features and the reduction of layout shifts because of Server Side Rendering, also called SSR.
Learn why we add FAQs to our Landing pages and how much it helped us rank better for one of our projects in the past
I like to read and summarize books, here's the main takeaways from the last 7 books that I've read about business, entrepreneurship and building bootstrapped businesses
Everything starts with being self-aware, being successful, living a happy life, not giving up when things get tough.
You need to know what motivates you when you should double down on something or simply correct course and do something else.
Reflections on how it feels to consider yourself a failure, how to accept it and how to learn and make the best out of it
Read Stefan has learned running a company with developer background and why it's hard to stay on track as a "software craftsman".
A critical look at our initial approach and why it didn't work out.
What we have learned and what we're gonna do better going forward