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The Indie Dads Podcast

Indie Dads

We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.
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9 | Great Indie Marketing Takes Patience
9 | Great Indie Marketing Takes Patience8 | Wait, Are We Finally Doing Some Marketing? 🤔7 | Snakes and Ladders (AKA the Startup Roller Coaster)
Nov 2 2021
52 mins
6 | Project Updates and Tactics for Avoiding Burnout5 | Balancing Family Life with Your Long-Term Goals4 | Should You Go Solo or Find a Co-Founder?3 | Follow the Scarecrows
In this episode, Bryan and Malcolm share their product updates, how they manage their time as parents and Indie founders, how to prioritize marketing efforts versus building, and managing stress and burn-out.This episode's updates:Malcolm sat down with his Indie accountability partner and teased out some bugs that he quickly knocked out. He also experimented with sharing updates and asking for feedback on Reddit. Malcolm talks about how he will be focusing on finding new ways to get his product in front of more eyeballs via Reddit, including spending more time participating in communities and looking for ways to help and build a reputation there.Bryan launched https://minimal.blog in just 3 weeks, meeting his aggressive goal. He then quickly turned around and introduced a free plan (and shares his lessons learned as part of that). As a blogging platform, he'll be playing the long game in terms of marketing, so he's looking for his next project while he works on Minimal part-time.This week's Indie Parent spotlight is Danny from Boston. Check out his projects at https://www.bettermorningreading.com and https://gamifyhq.comIf you'd like to be featured on a future episode, shoot us an email or message us on Twitter and tell us about you, your family, and your projects.Follow us on Twitter for more updates:Bryan is @PocketBryanMalcolm is @InquisitorJaxIndieDads is @IndieDads_--About this podcast:We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.
Sep 8 2021
58 mins
2 | How we each got started, having fun on your project, and future plans
In this episode, Malcolm and Bryan dive deeper into how they got started on each of their projects, and how they've been able to balance family priorities at the same time.For Malcolm, it began with a big idea that he ultimately realized he would need to scale way back in order to not burn out while working a full-time job, supporting and spending time with his family, and still trying to put in a few hours each night. He ultimately tabled his original idea and began working on a problem that would scratch his own itch: simple time keeping and invoicing for freelancers like him.For Bryan, he began with an ambitious vision for how he wanted to stand out in the crowded "freelancer tools" market, but quickly realized he was biting off more than he could chew (even while working full-time on his project). He has now decided to launch his side project -- which involves his passion for writing -- while continuing to gather data on his main idea.This episode is a little longer than future episodes will be, because we wanted to lay the groundwork for future episodes, but we're excited to continue sharing our journey!--Mentioned in this episode:Arvid Kahl's The Bootstrapped Founder podcast, episode 2: Problem Validation: Making Sure You’re Talking To The Right People"You can't assume that anything stored in a service you don't pay for will persist." - @paulgBook References:The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you - linkMarketing for Developers: Build, launch, and get your first 100 customers - linkMalcolm's Twitter: @InquisitorJaxBryan's Twitter: @PocketBryanBryan's Project: Coming soon! Keep an eye on Twitter.Malcolm's Project: RemotimeIf you're a current or aspiring SaaS founder, you can subscribe to Bryan's SaaS Founder Gems Newsletter.--About this podcast:We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.
Aug 24 2021
54 mins
1 | Introductions and Bad Dad Jokes
This is the Indie Dads podcast. We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.--In this episode, we introduce ourselves, our backgrounds, our motivations, and our goals. Malcolm is a father of 3 from Cape Town, South Africa, and full-time freelancer. He's building Remotime, a native mobile app for tracking your time and sending invoices.Bryan is a father of 5 from Arizona, USA, who just recently quit his job at Amazon to pursue his life-long dream of building and running a SaaS business. You can find his project at FreelanceSugar.com.Even though they're technically competitors in the same space (serving freelancers), they saw an opportunity to share learnings and collaborate, as they build their independent businesses, and they want to share what they learn along the way.--You can also watch this podcast on YouTube--Mentioned in this episode:Malcolm's Twitter: @InquisitorJaxBryan's Twitter: @PocketBryanBryan's Project: FreelanceSugarMalcolm's Project: RemotimeIf you're a current or aspiring SaaS founder, you can subscribe to Bryan's SaaS Founder Gems Newsletter.
Aug 9 2021
38 mins

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