For digital makers who want to earn a living from the things they create.

A time capsule of bootstrapping anxiety
Mar 11, 2019 • 13 min
What’s happened since we launched Transistor?
To be a winner, you need to be a loser
Oct 1, 2018 • 41 min
We’re getting it all wrong: you have to lose a few hands if you’re going to figure out the winning strategy.
Why are you doing everything yourself?
Jul 11, 2018 • 13 min
Being a solopreneur doesn’t mean you don’t get outside help.
What it’s really like being a solopreneur
Jun 6, 2018 • 32 min
Justin and Nathan Allotey look behind the scenes of an indie business
Bootstrapping punk – MxPx
May 3, 2018 • 56 min
Mike Herrera, frontman for the punk rock band MxPx, talks about kickstarting their new album.
061 - You’re out of touch
Apr 17, 2018 • 17 min
When you’re building a product, whose opinion should you listen to?
060 - Big news: I’m building a SaaS in 2018
Mar 8, 2018 • 16 min
Justin has big news he’s been sitting on for awhile.
059 - Buying bread ain’t romantic
Feb 26, 2018 • 12 min
“Dad that’s a lot of money to spend at Safeway!”
058 - I spent $30,000 looking for product-market fit
Feb 21, 2018 • 14 min
Thousands of dollars were pouring into my account. And I was miserable.
057 – Harder than ever to be a solopreneur (what’s going to happen in 2018?)
Dec 22, 2017 • 14 min
2017 proved that it’s harder than ever to be a solo-founder. Niches crumbled. Marketing channels were saturated. Competition increased. And more than ever, consumers got tired.
056 – My highlights and fails from 2017
Dec 10, 2017 • 17 min
Hear Justin’s year in review: what worked, what didn’t, what am I going to change in the future?
055 – What’s really been going on?
Oct 6, 2017 • 12 min
Welcome back MegaMaker fans! There’s been a lot going on. There’s been some big changes in Justin’s life. Listen to hear how he’s making course corrections.
054 – Do this before you do ANYTHING else
Aug 14, 2017 • 13 min
Have an idea for a new project? Here’s what you should do first (before you write any code!)
053 - A marketing tactic no one is talking about
May 26, 2017 • 6 min
Want to increase sales? Do this first.
052 - Help! The robots are coming
May 12, 2017 • 9 min
What does the future of work and entrepreneurship look like? Here is what you need to know to run a business in a world filled with artificial intelligence, robots, and automation.
051 - Stay up until your eyeballs bleed
Apr 21, 2017 • 16 min
How do you go from no audience, no idea, and no revenue to quitting your day job? Justin tells his story.
050 - How I make my money
Apr 14, 2017 • 13 min
Justin does a revenue breakdown for his various projects.
049 – Build things without code
Apr 7, 2017 • 21 min
Justin talks about the fundamental truth to building products AND shares some “old person” computer nostalgia.
048 - Sell more beer
Mar 25, 2017 • 8 min
I’ve been thinking a lot about how important it is for potential customers to “see your product used in public.”
047 - Why I’m moving to YouTube (and why you should too)
Mar 17, 2017 • 8 min
I’ve been blogging since 2008 and podcasting since 2012. Why, in 2017, am I starting a YouTube channel?
046 - Three tips for aspiring solopreneurs
Mar 4, 2017 • 9 min
Looking to make an independent living from the things you make? Is passive income a myth? In this episode I share three lessons I’ve learned from my first year of going solo.
045 - What are you plans, maaaaaan?
Feb 24, 2017 • 12 min
We’re two months into 2017. What are your plans? Justin shares his goals for this year (revenue, and what he’s going to change)
044 - What the heck happened last year?
Feb 17, 2017 • 15 min
Welcome to 2017! In this episode Justin reviews what happened with the 2016 maker challenge.
043 - How do you get out of a creative rut?
Nov 18, 2016 • 17 min
What do you do when you lose your motivation? When you haven’t created anything in weeks? When you no longer like the project you’re working on? Justin’s had a hard couple of weeks. How can he get back on track?
042 - The struggle is real
Nov 11, 2016 • 8 min
People want to make progress in their lives. Every single one of us wants a better life. We’re all striving for more.
041 - Addicted to progress
Nov 4, 2016 • 21 min
Everyone dreams of a better life. But how do you achieve it? Justin gives some context to the idea of “living the dream.”
040 - Four years lost & wasted
Oct 21, 2016 • 18 min
Justin sneaks out of the house on a cold, dark autumn night and records an episode. Topic: why you should learn from practitioners, not professors.
039 - Are you a Solopreneur or a Teampreneur?
Oct 7, 2016 • 18 min
What kind of entrepreneur are you? Do you want to be like a solo artist, or do you want to be part of a band?
038 - What motivates people to buy?
Sep 30, 2016 • 19 min
Learn how to make things that people actually want. Justin is joined by author Alan Klement to talk about the “Jobs to be Done” framework .
037 - Find and validate good product ideas
Sep 23, 2016 • 20 min
After a long hiatus, Justin is back to talk about a system for discovering what people want, and building solutions they’ll actually buy.
036 - Starting with no audience, no idea, and no revenue
Sep 2, 2016 • 21 min
What are the different stages to being a solopreneur? Your customers don’t want to just “consume your stuff.” They want to achieve something! They have a destination in mind.
035 - Being in traffic almost killed me
Aug 19, 2016 • 19 min
How do you quit your day job? You need the freedom ladder.
034 - Should you start a SaaS company in 2016?
Aug 12, 2016 • 22 min
Startups like Slack, Basecamp, and Freshbooks make millions of dollars in monthly recurring revenue by using a model called Software as a Service (SaaS). Should you get into the business? This episode isn’t just for programmers and startup people! Lots of…
E033 - Where were you?
Aug 5, 2016 • 18 min
Real life keeps going, even when you’re launching something new. Listen to the podcast for people who make stuff on the internet and earn their income from the things they create.
E032 - Last chance!
Jul 22, 2016 • 24 min
How do you get people to know you exist? Be unexpected. Justin talks about his new book ( and talks with Mikael Cho from Crew in Montreal. They’re the awesome makers behind
E031 - Don’t be like the Rolling Stones
Jul 15, 2016 • 15 min
Everyone’s trying to be a unicorn. I just want to be like Fat Mike.
E030 - Like a kid in a candy store
Jul 8, 2016 • 16 min
“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.” Justin opens up about how his MegaMaker project is going, and what the future holds. (First episode of Season 3)
E029 - In Real Life
Jun 2, 2016 • 11 min
What happens when you meet people from the internet IRL? Also: last episode of Season 2!
E028 - Stay hungry
May 25, 2016 • 14 min
Do you know about the Desperation Scale™? Listeners asked me to be more honest about the struggle. So here it is!
E027 - Do you trust me? DO YOU TRUST ME?
May 18, 2016 • 14 min
You will not believe what happened to me yesterday. Also: do need to care about your reputation?
E026 - Get out and play
May 11, 2016 • 14 min
Justin has a confession. (And people think he looks terrible)
E025 - Pull up your bootstraps, Sir
May 5, 2016 • 9 min
What do you do when you feel tired, haggard, and unmotivated? I’ll be honest. I really didn’t want to do a show today. Then I figured out two ways to get motivated.
E024 - Do things, tell people
May 1, 2016 • 13 min
You can’t just make things; you have to show your work! Also: how to structure a creative partnership.
E023 - Chase the dream
Apr 27, 2016 • 13 min
We have two desires: to create work that connects with people, and to make a living. What happens when things get in the way of that dream?
E022 - Anxiety society
Apr 23, 2016 • 12 min
Listeners chime in on how to reduce maker anxiety, PLUS Justin talks to some real human beings about his current project.
E021 - Eat the chocolate hobbit cake
Apr 20, 2016 • 15 min
Why don’t people care about what you’ve made? In this episode: why your “thing” needs to be in people’s top 3.
E020 - Maker mob
Apr 16, 2016 • 15 min
Have you heard of a flash mob? It’s when a large group of people suddenly show up at the same place, at the same time to perform a specific action. What if we did that, but for new makers? A bunch of us agree to show up, and help a maker with their launch.
E019 - A punch to the face
Apr 13, 2016 • 15 min
Creating two web apps at the same time: which one gets more traction?
E018 - Learning from the rock gods
Apr 10, 2016 • 15 min
Iron Maiden teaches us about creative success. And… Marty and Justin announce their second software project.
E017 - Perfection Pickle
Apr 6, 2016 • 14 min
Marty and Justin try to get their first paying customer for their SMS app.
E016 - I made some mistakes in Barcelona
Apr 1, 2016 • 15 min
Justin recounts the story of a missed bus, and getting taken to the beach by strangers.
Extroverted jackass
Feb 26, 2016 • 11 min
Burdened by anxiety and self-doubt? Does self-promotion make you cringe? Let’s talk about those issues, and how they affect creative people.
Uncomfortable with hobbits
Feb 24, 2016 • 12 min
We’re making the world’s first open source band! At the same time, we’re talking about the importances of “discomfort” in the creative life.
Launch when you’re scared
Feb 19, 2016 • 15 min
Bringing anything you’ve created into the world is scary. Justin takes you through his checklist for launching a product confidently.
The guts to be original
Feb 17, 2016 • 15 min
We want to make stuff. We want to live a creative life while still making a living. What’s the best path to achieve that dream?
Let’s get weird
Feb 13, 2016 • 13 min
Justin texts 150 strangers, and reveals how they replied. Perfectionism can be restrictive. It can hold us back from experimenting, or putting out more work. Makers need to get weird.
I walk the line
Feb 10, 2016 • 11 min
Creative work, by it’s very nature is divisive. Our work can’t be for everybody, but still has to appeal to some people. In this episode we explore this tension of being authentic without being alienating. This is also the last episode in our…
Hard work; no guarantees
Feb 5, 2016 • 16 min
Will everyone achieve their creative dreams, no matter what? This week’s maker mission is to self-publish a book. But today’s listener questions brought up broader issues, faced by all creatives.
Can we run a warehouse out of our garage?
Feb 3, 2016 • 13 min
The general consensus is that authors don’t make much money. But in 2012, a young designer found a better way.
Automated t-shirt deployment
Jan 29, 2016 • 13 min
In this episode, we launch our own custom t-shirt brand. Learn how to create your own t-shirt store, without spending thousands of dollars.
What makes a great shirt?
Jan 27, 2016 • 12 min
Millions of shirts are made every year; but how can we make t-shirts that people actually want to wear? Learn how to make your own t-shirts, and watch Justin as he launches his own t-shirt brand.
Put a little maple syrup in it
Jan 23, 2016 • 13 min
A burrito descends on a small town in British Columbia, Canada. There was maple syrup involved.
The world is creative
Jan 20, 2016 • 10 min
Justin reveals that the MegaMaker burrito is being added to the menu at a local restaurant. How is a cooking noob going to make something that people will order for a Friday lunch? Go behind the scenes and hear how a restaurant creates a new menu item.
Jan 16, 2016 • 10 min
Justin kicks off the weekly maker challenge. What’s he’s going to try to make in 7 days? If this podcast was Star Wars, the first two episodes would be “A New Hope” and this episode would be “Empire.”
What’s really driving me?
Jan 14, 2016 • 10 min
“Fighting an obstacle to achieve a goal.” In this mid-week bonus episode, Justin digs into our creative motivation. Can we express our creativity and make a living at the same time?
Life is better when you make stuff
Jan 8, 2016 • 10 min
The new year is here. How can you make this year better than the last? For Justin the answer is to make 100 things.