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Current Startup Status

Months Building: 9.6666666666667
Launched Startups: 1
Total Users: 26
Current MRR / MRR Goal: $0 / $13,000

A Solo Maker's Journey

#75Hard – Day 0

Published: May 31, 2021

I was listening to a recent episode of the Indie Hacker Podcast on which Courtland's guest () talked about completing the #75Hard program. It piqued my interest so I looked at the web site detailing the program. It's a program of maintaining specific habits for 75 days straight without skipping a day, without cheating, and without compromising on the rules mid-way through. The rules are short and simple: Follow a Diet, no junk food, no cheat meals, no alcohol. Work out twice a day, for at least 45 minutes. At least one of these workouts must be an outdoor session....
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Book/Reading List

Published: May 7, 2021

Idea:

A small personal project to keep a running list of all the books I want to read.

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Pieter Levels Inspired Me to Stop Procrastinating and Start Shipping

Published: May 1, 2021

I’m going to follow in the footsteps of many great indie makers, and build a number of startup projects, one per month, until I find one that gains traction and can be monetized to replace my current income. I currently have multitple startup ideas in mind to build. I’m going to build each startup from scratch, track my progress, screencast my code. I will share my thoughts, processes, experiences, failures, successes (hopefully), and be completely transparent throughout this entire process. Join me along this indie maker journey and maybe along the way get inspired to build your own startup.

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How do you find a business idea and motivation to leave the 9-5 grind?

Published: January 25, 2021

Question I often read here of some success stories about people making thousands off of their business idea (usually people who never even got into the 9-5 grind in the first place). 99% of the projects I see of these successful people are things that I would personally never pay for and are some very specific things that I would think already have a solution and I'm genuinely surprised that anyone is paying for. Basically they boil down to a web app offering subscription service to make some menial task slightly more comfortable. 1. How did you come up with...
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Virtual Tour Guides

Published: December 16, 2020

Idea:

Allow arm-chair travelers who are stuck at home to connect with a local in the city they wish they could travel to who will virtually walk them through their home town and/or historic sites. Personalized virtual tours from the comfort of your home, guided by a local.

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Kids Learning and Chores

Published: December 16, 2020

Idea:

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Getting in Shape with My First Project

Published: October 18, 2020

Back in the Saddle When I was younger, I used to love riding my bike. I'd go off for hours on a beat up BMX bike and ride through muddy trails with friends. I'd tear up and down single track trails, as well as ride 20-30 miles daily on the the road. I'd even strap a backpack with sleeping bag and tent to my back and cycle 80 miles for a camping trip. After I graduated college, I got an office job and have barely ridden my bike. As a web developer, I've fallen into the trap of a more...
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Status Update – More of the Same Old Procrastination

Published: October 17, 2020

I started multiple side projects over the last couple months, but have launched none. I'm building a website for my son's Cub Scout Pack. I started a simple web application to track my progress cycling towards my century (a 100 mile ride) goal. I scrapped and restarted my Europe Travel Planning web app. I started to build a job scraper to help pull remote web jobs from big job boards. I started cycling to improve my fitness and lose the weight I've gained over the past 15 years. I was doing so daily, but have recently lost momentum and started...
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Remote Job Board

Published: September 1, 2020

Idea:

A job board targeting job seekers looking for remote work. Aggregates remote job offers from other job platforms via APIs and display them with links back to the original job board. Allow companies to post jobs directly on the site.

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Zero to Century

Published: August 22, 2020

Details:

Live URL: Zero to Century

Launched: Nov 19, 2020

Users: 26

Idea:

A tracker to get you off the couch and cycling 100 miles.

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Reading Club Community

Published: January 19, 2020

Idea:

Allow users to create personal reading lists and share and track their progress as they read through their lists. Members can chat with other users, form groups (‘book clubs’) to discuss books, and receive ‘points’ for reading streaks, finishing books and their list, etc. Provide a ‘leaders board’ of users who have read the most books so users can judge their progress and provide motivation to continue reading more.

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Gift Wish List

Published: January 6, 2020

Idea:

Invite friends and family to create gift wishlists so that you (and other friends and family) can reduce stress around holidays/birthdays and shop for gifts off the lists. List creators can not see what (if anything) has been purchased from the list. Invited group members that are NOT the list creator CAN see what items others have purchased from the list so that they do not also purchase this gift.

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Web Development Tutorials

Published: January 1, 2020

Idea:

  • Web Development Tutorials: Build out articles and video tutorials to help non-technical founders quickly gain the technical knowledge to build their startups without needing a technical founder.
  • Include a Social element where a community of users can stay accountable to groups and each other on their journey to be better developers.
  • Implement a ‘mentor’ function where users can ask questions of specific community members designated as ‘Mentors’ and get 1-on-1 feedback, rewarding mentors with ‘knowledge points’ in the process.
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Soccer Score Picker

Published: January 1, 2020

Idea:

Social soccer score/match picker for soccer/football fans. Focusing on multiple soccer leagues and competitions, even amateur ones. Creating a place where average soccer fans can amicably compete with one another to show they know more about soccer than anyone else.Users can predict match scores, share insights of their favorite teams via in-app chat, user-created blog posts. Gamification on who predicts match outcomes more accurately, who gets more upvotes for match and team write-ups, etc.

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European Trip Planner

Published: January 1, 2020

Idea:

An online gathering place for backpackers, students, and families traveling to Europe to share trip ideas, download trip itineraries, book local tours, trains, accommodations, airfare, connect with other travelers, budget for their trips, store and share their trip details, and a lot more.

This is the grand-daddy of my ideas – the largest and the one closest to my heart. This is the project I should have focused on 20 years ago and should be the one that is providing me my financial freedom now. Maybe I should solely focus on this and not any of the others, but since I have never completed this project, I am going to follow the advice of successful makers, and build out an MVP version of this with the expectation that i may have to move on to something else if it does not gain traction.

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Meal Planner and Recipe Keeper

Published: January 1, 2020

Idea:

Store favorite recipes and create menus from selected recipes for weekly meals. Invite family members to rate recipes so that you know which recipes to keep and which to remove. Include gamification for eating and preparing meals. Basically a novel way for users to curate favorite recipes and schedule meals they like, gameification is for helping children eat new / more diverse meals and family chefs to prepare more meals in the home.

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Startup Progress Tracker

Published: August 27, 2019

Idea:

A new Indie Hacker podcast talked about a bit of entrepreneur advice that states “it takes 1,000 days to get to a point of success with a start-up”. The goal of this project will be to allow solo makers and founders to track their progress and maintain focus for those first 1,000 days.

Also: A graphical tool showing your current income vs. the daily increase of your start-up revenue, with a focus on the point where you need to get your revenue to to outpace your salary. A nice display of how close you are to becoming financially independent and going full time with your start-up.

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Startup MVP Duel

Published: February 18, 2019

Idea:

Challenge a friend over a number of days (i.e. 30) and ‘compete’ against each other to get an MVP launched. If you do not know other makers, get paired with other makers from the community and compete against them in an agreed upon timeframe.

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Achievement Tracker

Published: January 25, 2019

Idea:

Allow parents, teachers, coaches, etc. to track the activities of kids that contribute to desired achievements. Provide points and virtual badges to help keep kids motivated and aware of their progress for individual merit awards. Allow parents to take photos of projects done at the home, catalog articles/resources gathered for achievements, and award an arbitrary point system to provide extra incentive to children to complete tasks towards their merit badges.

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Fitness Challenge

Published: January 3, 2019

Idea:

Challenge friends to a fitness goal and earn points to climb the leaderboard in your group and against the world.

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Soccer Club Site WordPress theme

Published: January 1, 2019

Idea:

A WordPress theme for soccer/football clubs to showcase their results, standings, players, and sponsors; accept payments for match tickets or online store; and show match screencasts/embedded video from local files/Youtube/Vimeo.

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Hostel WordPress Theme

Published: January 1, 2019

Idea:

A WordPress theme that allows hostels to create an independent online presence, showcase their facilities, and accept bookings/payments.

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Tour Company WordPress Theme

Published: January 1, 2019

Idea:

A custom WordPress theme that a local European tour company can use to display their tour services, charge users, get bookings, and followup with Email/Social accounts for feedback.

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Habit Former

Published: January 1, 2019

Idea:

List of habits you want to form or break. Each habit is given a reward item ($$, snack, activity, etc) Each day you select whether you were successful in doing/avoiding the habit. Each 21-day streak per habit you are rewarded with a badge and an ok to reward yourself with the reward item for this habit. Basically, you are paying yourself to build / break a habit. Ideally, there would be an objective 3rd party (friend/family) invited to confirm each day the habit was built/broken, but cheating only hurts the user in the long run.

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Honeymoon Gifting App

Published: January 1, 2019

Idea:

A honey fund app for couples to set up registries for honeymoon gifts/home purchases/ etc instead of traditional wedding gifts/cash cards. This could be tweaked to be used for birthdays, Christmas, baby showers, etc.

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Meal Expense Tracker

Published: January 1, 2019

Idea:

Users can track the cost of the meals they eat out so they have a better idea of what they spend and can reduce this spending by setting weekly and/or monthly budgets to spend within.

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Todo App with Financial Motivator

Published: January 1, 2019

Idea:

Users can create a Todo list and assign themselves and/or family members tasks to complete. Each task can be given a dollar (other currency) value and for each task completed, that user gets the amount placed in his ‘bank’. The user’s bank can be transferred offline to the user from the account owner. Basically a novel way to track children’s chores and allowance, and financially motivate one’s self to complete more.

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Family Social Web App

Published: January 1, 2019

Idea:

A web app for families to stay connected and share online. Sure, you can say it’s ‘like Facebook’, but I’m not trying to make the next Facebook here. Families can sign up, invite other family members, plan events, chat, post family updates/news, and share photos/video. Family members can each have their own profile, with a hub-like family page tying them all together.

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23 startup ideas - what should I work on?

Help me decide which project I should focus on next by upvoting the project. Whichever project has the most likes on the 1st of the month is the one I will focus on that month!

Build this? Launch Date Name / Concept Users Recurring Revenue
(Monthly / Annually)
Launched?
Pending Habit Former 0 0 / 0
Pending Meal Planner and Recipe Keeper 0 0 / 0
Pending Thousand Days To Success 0 0 / 0
Pending Honeymoon Gifting App 0 0 / 0
Pending Todo App with Financial Motivator 0 0 / 0
Nov 19, 2020 Zero to Century 26 0 / 0
Pending Remote Job Board 0 0 / 0
Pending Meal Expense Tracker 0 0 / 0
Pending Virtual Tour Guides 0 0 / 0
Pending Web Development Tutorials 0 0 / 0
Pending Reading Club Community 0 0 / 0
Building Book/Reading List 0 0 / 0
Pending Soccer Club Site WordPress theme 0 0 / 0
Pending Achievement Tracker 0 0 / 0
Building European Trip Planner 0 0 / 0
Pending Hostel WordPress Theme 0 0 / 0
Building Fitness Challenge 0 0 / 0
Pending Family Social Web App 0 0 / 0
Pending Tour Company WordPress Theme 0 0 / 0
Pending Startup MVP Duel 0 0 / 0
Pending Gift Wish List 0 0 / 0
Pending Soccer Score Picker 0 0 / 0
Pending Kids Learning and Chores 0 0 / 0
TOTAL: 26 0 / 0  

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