Independence

Independence

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24: Minimum Viable Product
Apr 9 • 33 min
Getting from idea to a minimum viable product is difficult, because it’s all about knowing what to ship, and making the right decisions early on. Alice is about to start the journey for the third time, so she asks Curtis and Jelly how their first…
23: Pricing
Mar 26 • 34 min
As it turns out, Jelly has been thinking a lot about his pricing lately. He really can’t figure it out, so he calls upon Alice and Curtis for answers. What’s the right approach? How do you come up with a sustainable model that works for your market? Is it…
22: Feature Creep
Mar 12 • 29 min
Avoiding bloat in a long-term project can be difficult, and it could make you wonder whether you should even continue improving a product at all. Curtis is certainly questioning whether he’s reached that point with his app, so he, Alice, and Jelly talk it…
21: The Angriest Customer
Feb 26 • 35 min
Unfortunately, not every interaction you have as an indie is a positive one. Sometimes our customers run into problems, and their first instinct is to just complain; either via a negative review, an angry email, or a bad mention on social media. Alice,…
20: Getting Things Done
Feb 12 • 26 min
The task list for indies is seemingly never-ending, and requires effort just to stay on top of what needs to be done and when. Our hosts take a look at their systems—or lack thereof—and consider what they need to do to get things done.
19: The Downsides of Working Alone
Jan 29 • 29 min
There’s a plethora of good things about getting to work from home—the reduced commute time, being able to set your own hours, and the optionality of pants being amongst them—but what about the downsides? Curtis, Alice and Jelly look through the challenges…
18: Health and Fitness
Jan 15 • 32 min
One of the most important assets for any indie is their health: if that fails you, it makes it really difficult to continue with any other part of your work! Our hosts discuss their own approaches to staying fit and healthy, the aspects they struggle…
17: Lessons Learned in 2017
Jan 1 • 28 min
As the new year dawns, our hosts look back at the year that was: the ups, the downs, the lessons they learned, and everything in between.
16: Outsourcing
Dec 18, 2017 • 29 min
Handing work over to another person is a major step for any business owner, and as indies it can be especially scary. Curtis is potentially looking at doing some outsourcing in the near future, so he, Alice, and Jelly take a look at why offloading work is…
15: Speaking to the Press
Dec 4, 2017 • 29 min
Managing press is an important part of creating products, especially around releases. Alice, Curtis and Jelly discuss speaking with the press, the resources they make available, and what they really need to be doing to improve their respective approaches.
14: Keeping in the Loop
Nov 20, 2017 • 35 min
To continue to thrive and grow, every indie needs to spend time learning and staying aware of their industry. Our hosts are no different, and they spend some time going over some of their approaches to learning, to staying on top of their game, and…
13: Making the Transition
Nov 6, 2017 • 37 min
Making the jump from regular job to independence is not an easy thing. There’s a lot of moving parts that you need to account for! Alice, Curtis and Jelly each recount their experiences of going from full time work to where they are today: what they’ve…
12: External Influences
Oct 23, 2017 • 37 min
No indie is an island; we all have to deal with external influences on our projects, some better than others. From users to Apple and everything in between, our hosts take a look at the things that influence their workflow, how the mitigate the bad ones,…
11: Indie Stress
Oct 9, 2017 • 35 min
Stress comes in many forms, and being an indie comes with a slew of additional sources of potential stress that you might not expect. Our intrepid hosts recount the stresses they’ve experiences during their indie careers, discuss potential ways they…
10: Networking
Sep 25, 2017 • 30 min
Getting to know to strangers at conferences and meetups is hard, but an absolutely important part of being an indie; building and developing relationships with others in your community can make a huge difference to your work! Alice, Curtis and Jelly share…
9: Office Space
Sep 11, 2017 • 34 min
More often than not, your workspace is a reflection of who you are, and how you get things done. Taking this to heart, our three hosts look at the workspaces they each inhabit during their working hours, and whether those spaces are conducive to actually…
8: Interacting with Customers
Aug 28, 2017 • 31 min
Customer support is a huge part of any business where you create products. Dealing with problems, handling requests and getting 1-star reviews all comes with the territory, so what is the best way to interact with customers? Alice, Curtis and Jelly…
7: Side Projects
Aug 14, 2017 • 39 min
As indies, we’re naturally drawn to having projects alongside our regular workload. These can grow into whole new career opportunities, or they can begin to place undue stress on your work life balance, so how do you know what projects are a good fit?…
6: Launches
Jul 31, 2017 • 37 min
A lot of thought needs to be put into launching, both with new products and even with updating existing ones. How do you decide what’s worth making noise about, and what steps do you follow to make sure all your potential customers know? Curtis is deep in…
5: Choosing Your Workload
Jul 17, 2017 • 37 min
One of the major parts of owning a product is that the buck stops with you in respect to the features you implement, the time spent on maintenance, and what the overall direction is. What plays a role in making those decisions? Do you involve user…
4: Work/Life Balance
Jul 3, 2017 • 33 min
When the lines start to blur between work and life, it can be very difficult to make sure that you’re spending enough time renewing your energy so that you’re giving your best to both. Our three intrepid indies look at their own work/life balance,…
3: Finances
Jun 19, 2017 • 29 min
Money comes and money goes. This ebb and flow is ever more noticeable as an indie, coming with a unique set of concerns that can affect an entire household. Belle, Curtis and Jelly discuss their approaches to managing their finances, accounting for lean…
2: WWDC
Jun 5, 2017 • 34 min
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is back, and having never been, Belle wants to know what it is that draws Curtis and Jelly back every year. Together, they look at what they like about WWDC, what it’s like in comparison to the independent…
1: Independence
May 22, 2017 • 39 min
What is independence, and why is it something that Belle, Curtis and Jelly aspire to achieve? In their inaugural episode, they discuss what they consider being independent, what the downsides are, and where they are in their journey towards it.