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Jan 9th

Communities

  • Aussie Founders

    Aussie Founders is a free community bringing together & supporting Aussies having a go at their own business.

  • Jan 10th, 2021

    Case Studies

  • Awesome Self Fundedstars33

    Awesome list of successful self-funded tech businesses with >$1M revenue

  • Oct 9th, 2020

    Books

  • Zero to Sold [$] by Arvid Kahl. How Arvid and his partner Danielle started, ran, and sold the bootstrapped EdTech SaaS FeedbackPanda, with everything that worked, should have worked, and didn't work.
  • Oct 2nd, 2020

    Other
  • Sideprojectxyz (invite here) - Slack community for people working on their side-projects.
  • Communities

  • Makerlog

    Makerlog is a free community of makers shipping products together. There's discussions + a task management tracker that allows you to get a streak (to keep you motivated shipping).

  • Dec 20th, 2019

    Blogs

  • The Bootstrapped Founder

    How to start, run, and sell a bootstrapped SaaS company without burning out — by Arvid Kahl

  • Oct 22nd, 2019

    Case Studies

  • Basecamp

    A collection of bootstrapped companies by the people at 37 signals.

  • Oct 8th, 2019

    Communities

  • MegaMaker Club [$]

    Exclusive community for indie makers run by Justin Jackson. Currently there's a waitlist. Cost is $249 for lifetime access. I'm not a member so I can't personally endorse it. Generally, I'm skeptic on products targeting indie makers but I still found it relevant to add this specific product because of cross references. Some people might find it interesting. Feel free to reference to reviews!

  • Aug 1st, 2019

    Podcasts

  • Build your SaaS

    What does it take to build a SaaS in 2019? Podcast by Jon Buda and Justin Jackson as they grow Transistor.fm.

  • Books

  • The Mom Test [$] by Rob Fitzpatrick.
  • Jun 3rd, 2019

    Nov 8th, 2018

    Posts

  • What you should know as a founder of a software company by Ivan Mir

    A guide to the complex world of modern software business: everything from UX design to marketing and writing, with a list of resources to start with each topic.

  • Oct 25th, 2018

    Other
  • r/Startups - Not exclusive to indies/bootstrappers but still with relevant content for us.
  • Podcasts

  • How I Built This

    A podcast hosted by Guy Raz where startup founders tell their story.

  • Aug 28th, 2018

    Newsletters

  • Bootstrap Money

    Weekly roundups of stories, guides and resources to help you grow your internet business. Every Friday. Free. Curated by Nicolas de Thoré

  • Jan 25th, 2018

    Other
  • Work In Progress [$] - A public todo list for accountability, and a Telegram chat of 800+ makers. Freemium.
  • Jan 8th, 2018

    Talks

  • Paul Buchheit at Startup School 08

    In this classic talk, AdSense/GMail/like button inventor explains how to listen to your users and why you should be critical of startup advice.

  • Jan 2nd, 2018

    Other
  • r/Entrepreneur - Not exclusive to indies/bootstrappers but still with relevant content for us.
  • /r/EntrepreneurRideAlong
  • SideProject Book - [$49].
  • Podcasts

  • Mixergy

    Startup Interview podcast hosted by Andrew Warner, who made $1 million a month from an online greeting card business.

  • Case Studies

  • CandyJapan

    Revenue numbers and learnings from running a Japanese candy subscription box.

  • Events

  • StartupSchool

    Free event organized by seed accelerator YCombinator. You have to be a bit lucky to get in. Also, this suggestion goes a little bit against the idea of "bootstrapped" but YCombinator has a lot of good resources for us indie hackers!

  • Books

  • Hackers&Painters [$] by Paul Graham.
  • Nov 28th, 2017

    Other
  • r/IndieBiz - A subreddit for small and independent businesses.
  • Oct 23rd, 2017

    Other
  • SideProject Books - Side Project Books is a curated collection of books for anyone interested in building a business on the side. By Mubashar Iqbal
  • Oct 5th, 2017

    Aug 3rd, 2017

    Newsletters

  • Hackerpreneur

    For indie entrepreneurs & makers who live and work on their own terms. Every Friday, you’ll get hand-picked startup resources & essays exploring the future of work in the exponential age. By Marc Eglon.

  • Jul 5th, 2017

    Case Studies

  • Carrd.co

    AJ writes about the making of carrd.co and the different steps that he took on the way to a successful product.

  • May 18th, 2017

    Podcasts

  • Giant Robots

    Ben Orenstein (former growth/product lead at Thoughtbot) and Derrick Reimer (co-founder of Drip) talk weekly about growing their SaaS businesses.

  • May 15th, 2017

    Podcasts

  • Bootstrapped Web

    "To share the lessons we learn by doing, and learn from the things that others are doing, to help us all get ahead as we bootstrap our businesses online." Since 2013 by Brian Casel and Jordan Gal.

  • May 11th, 2017

    May 10th, 2017

    Other
  • Bootstrapped Slack (invite here invite link currently dead, working on it!) - Slack that probably originated from the bootstrapped.fm forum. Not really moderated.
  • r/SideProject - Quite active
  • Communities

  • Nugget.one [$]

    Nugget.one focuses on helping software developers launch successful side projects. Being part of the community gives access to case studios, bi-weekly webinars and live mentoring. Run by Justin Vincent. $19.99 per month.

  • May 8th, 2017

    Communities

  • ##passiveincome on freenode

    Matthew Mallard created this channel on the freenode IRC network in early 2017 and it has been pretty active and growing ever since.

  • May 7th, 2017

    Tools

  • Stack-on-a-budgetstars11.3k

    Another list of SaaS, PaaS, and Iaas offerings that have free tiers for developers on a budget. Very useful for exploring ideas and building out proof of concept. By Guillaume (256kb).

  • May 5th, 2017

    Other
  • Badass: Making Users Awesome [$] by Kathy Sierra.
  • Talks from the MicroConf
  • Talks from the BaconBizConf
  • Talks from Business of Software
  • The SaaS Bootstrapper book list - Collection curated by Mac Martine.
  • Anything You Want [$] by Derek Sivers.
  • Books

  • Building Micro-SaaS Businesses by Tyler Tringas. - A collection of very well structured posts that cover the most initial struggles of an indie dev on the way to build a MicroSaaS. I can personally endorse it and I'm eager to read the yet to be written chapters :)
  • Getting Real by 37signals. - More focused on building web applications, I really recommend it. Short, straight to the point, very easy to read and full of valuable content.
  • Just Fucking Ship [$] by Amy Hoy and Alex Hillman.
  • MAKE [$] by Pieter Levels.
  • Rework [$] by 37signals.
  • Start Small, Stay Small [$] by Rob Walling.
  • The Single Founder Handbook [$] by Mike Taber.
  • Courses

  • Marketing for Developers [$]

    "An online marketing course for software developers & product people". Read some reviews here. By Justin Jackson.

  • 30x500 Academy [$]

    "Pick your customer. Learn how they tick. Learn what they need, want, and are ready to buy." Find reviews here(good), here(bad) and here. By Amy Hoy and Alex Hillman.

  • Tools

  • free-for-devstars60.3k

    A list of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings that have free tiers of interest to devops and infradev. Very useful for bootstrappers to keep initial costs low ;) By R. I. Pienaar.

  • Tools Of The Tradestars15.8k

    Spectacular list of categorized tools for developers resulting from HackerNews threads. By Chris Barber and Craig Davison.

  • awesome-selfhostedstars104.4k

    "This is a list of Free Software network services and web applications which can be hosted locally. Selfhosting is the process of locally hosting and managing applications instead of renting from SaaS providers." Lots of salvageable software :P by Edward D.

  • Talks

  • David Heinemeier Hansson at Startup School 08 by David Heinemeier Hansson

    Bootstrapping as the better alternative to VC funded startups.

  • Tyler Tringas on Storemapper and MicroSaaS by Tyler Tringas

    15 minutes filled with a lot of valuable information and insights where Tyler presents the concept of Micro-SaaS and tells us his story.

  • Bootstrapping Side Projects To Profit by Pieter Levels by Pieter Levels

    Probably one of the most known indie hackers of the last couple of years talks about how to turn our side-projects into profitable businesses. Very straight to the point, Pieter always provides a lot of insightful thoughts. By the way, don't get fooled by his lifestyle, his success is 500% work.

  • Marketing for Minorities by Patrick McKenzie

    Lightning 7-minute talk by one of the most respected indie developers. The point Patrick is trying to make, is that solo developers can target way smaller and niche markets which might have low competition and be very profitable from a solo business point of view.

  • Talking about CoderPad and business at Dropbox by Vincent Woo

    Talk on building a successful small solo business.

  • Posts

  • I’m Launching 12 Startups in 12 Months by Pieter Levels

    The challenge that started it all for Pieter. It inspired me to do something similar. What matters is to create and ship a lot, learning in the process, until something is worth pushing further.

  • Don't Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice by Patrick McKenzie

    Patrick has written over 500 posts and I have obviously not read all of them, but of the many I've read, I chose this one...

  • Running A Software Business On 5 Hours A Week by Patrick McKenzie

    ...and this one too :D

  • Storemapper: Bootstrapped to $50,000/year in 2 years (with live metrics) by Tyler Tringas

    This is just an example of a business more than one would be happy with :-) Besides liking how Tyler shares his story building Storemapper, I think he always maximizes for valuable content.

  • Why You Should Do A Tiny Product First by Amy Hoy

    This is the first of a series by Amy Hoy. I'll be honest, I don't even remember what this was about, just that I found it worth my time. Oh wait, yeah, Amy told me not to code, at least at first. I haven't still gotten there...

  • The Epic Guide to Bootstrapping a SaaS Startup from Scratch — By Yourself by Clifford Oravec

    Another series on what solo bootstrapping is about, with an offensive twist.

  • How to get more customers by Justin Jackson.

    This is a bit of a too specific topic for this general selection of posts, but the hell, you need to read it before it's too late. Ok, I'm starting to sound marketingy :D

  • Indie Startups: The Ingredients of Success by fpgaminer

    Numbers with meaning. fpgaminer analyzed all the products featured on IndieHackers, extracted some statistics and got to some conclusions. Also worth reading for the approach.

  • Others
  • Bootstrappers.io
  • HackerNoon
  • HackerNews
  • 7 Articles for Indie Devs to Start Shipping - great selection by Alex Moskovski
  • The Foundation - Turning the process of creating a B2B SaaS business into a formula.
  • Price Intelligently - Blog focused on the economics of the SaaS business model and SaaS pricing.
  • Moz Blog - For anything related to SEO.
  • Paul Graham - A lot of content for big funded startups, but still relevant to bootstrappers.
  • John O'Nolan - Especially the older posts on how he started ghost.
  • Blogs

  • Patrick Mackenzie

    Over 500 posts that show how Patrick went from being a software engineer to running successful software businesses.

  • Rob Walling

    Lessons Learned by a Solo Entrepreneur.

  • Pieter Levels

    Lots of advice on bootstrapping businesses if you dig between Pieter's multiple interests.

  • Tyler Tringas

    On SaaS and his journey with Storemapper.

  • Joel Spolsky

    Software and business have always been topics Joel has covered. StackOverflow and Trello prove he knows what he's talking about.

  • Signal v. Noise

    The blog of the basecamp people, mostly David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried, on business and how to run bootstrapped companies.

  • Pinboard

    Maciej Cegłowski's blog for his bookmarking tool, pinboard, useful in showing the growth of a successful solo business.

  • Case Studies

  • IndieHackers

    From capturing a trend to getting acquired in less than one year.

  • NomadList

    Solving your own pain, representing a movement, moving fast and working hard by a serial bootstrapper.

  • Bugmuncher

    Transparent growth and financial reports by a solo saas founder.

  • Baremetrics

    An example of riding the wave.

  • Events

  • MicroConf [$]

    "The world's biggest conference for the world's smallest self-funded software companies". It has two editions, one more focused to starters, and another one focused on growth. Both last two days. Las Vegas. Run by Rob Walling and Mike Taber.

  • MicroConf Europe [$]

    MicroConf's European edition. Barcelona. Run by Rob Walling and Mike Taber.

  • BaconBizConf [$]

    "An alliance for B2B bootstrappers". Philadelphia. By Amy Hoy and Alex Hillman.

  • Not specific to indie founders:
  • Business of Software [$]

    "Business of Software is not based in Silicon Valley for good reason. It is about building long term, sustainable software businesses. …a thoughtful conference, where people come to listen and learn, not self promote and shout". Boston. Team behind BoS.

  • Business of Software Europe [$]

    BoS European edition. London. Team behind BoS.

  • B2B Rocks [$]

    "Leading conferences for B2B and SaaS startups". Popular business model for indie devs. Paris. Sydney.

  • PeersConf [$]

    "A conference for those who make the web, and make it their business". Seattle (changes every year). By Jessica D'Amico.

  • Communities

  • FounderCafe [$]

    FounderCafe is an invite-only, online community of entrepreneurs helping each other succeed run by Rob Walling and Mike Taber. $99 every 3 months. I'm not a member so I can't personally endorse it.

  • May 4th, 2017

    Podcasts

  • Entreprogrammers

    A podcast for developreneurs. Run by Josh Earl, John Sonmez, Derick Bailey and Charles Max Wood since 2014.

  • Startups for the rest of us

    Started in 2010 by Rob Walling and Mike Taber have covered almost everything there is to cover in micropreneurship. Here you can find a 'best of' selection of their podcast.

  • The SaaS Bootstrapper

    Interviews with entrepreneurs and bootstrappers about bootstrapping, SaaS, growth, marketing, and other startup topics. By Mac Martine.

  • Smart Passive Income

    Not really specific to developers but with great content on the several types of products to make a living online. By Pat Flynn.

  • Product People

    A podcast focused on great products and the people who make them. Since 2012. By Justin Jackson.

  • bootstrapped.fm

    Several different topics around bootstrapping online businesses. Started in 2013 by Ian Landsman and Andrey Butov.

  • IndieHackers

    Podcast where Courtland Allen interviews some of the most successful indiehackers featured on the site. Started in early 2017 already has 12 episodes with great content and very carefully crafted related notes and links.

  • Newsletters

  • Bootstrappers.io

    Weekly digest of the best user-submitted articles featured on bootstrapped.io. Curated by Darren Stuart.

  • The SaaS Bootstrapper

    Content about bootstrapping, SaaS, growth, marketing, and other startup topics curated by Mac Martine.

  • IndieHackers

    Newsletter containing the newest interviews of the site and also the best threads from the forum. Normally ships on Thursdays. By Courtland Allen.

  • Indie

    Stories, lessons, and inspiration for independent makers. By Justin Jackson.

  • Communities

  • Barnacl.es

    News for bootstrappers, not VC hackers. Hacker-News like forum. Peter Bhat Harkins started it in early 2016 and I've found it of great value ever since. Also, it runs on great softwarestars17, which is always a thing to appreciate!

  • bootstrapped.fm Forum

    A forum for bootstrappers. Started in 2013 by Ian Landsman and Andrey Butov as a continuation to the now defunct The Business of Software.

  • HackerNews

    News for hackers, mostly technology and entrepreneurship. Not specific to indie devs but a must for everyone interested in computer science, creating products and making money. A lot of indie devs lurking around. Started by Paul Graham and maintained by the seed accelerator YCombinator.

  • IndieHackers

    Learn from profitable businesses and side projects. IndieHackers is probably the catalyst for this new wave of interest on making an independent income. It is a collection of interviews to successful developers about their products. IndieHackers has been especially interesting to follow since it's been an indie project itself. Courtland Allen has been very transparent about how he built it. The last news make one think that the forum/community will grow.

  • May 3rd, 2017

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