Dan is off this week, so the Bootstrapped Founder, Arvid Kahl is filling in for him. Arvid and I talk how I can be more consistent, why Arvid spends all week watching Twitch to help him write his newsletter, and I try to pronounce a German word forgetting Arvid was German.Arvid Kahl
built bootstrapped business called FeedbackPanda to $55k MRR which he then exited for a life changing amount of money. From then he went onto write the book Zero to Sold
, which is a must read for any indie hacker. Arvid wasn’t satisfied with just one book, so he wrote another! His latest book The Embedded Entrepreneur
delves into how to build an audience-driven business. Relentless Arvid hasn’t stopped there, as he recently launched the Find Your Following Course
, which will give you the playbook for growing your Twitter audience. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned his blog, podcast and now YouTube channel, The Bootstrapped Founder
.What we covered in this episode:
- Who is Arvid Kahl?
- James’ consistency struggles
- The benefits of accountability
- Missing deadlines and getting fired
- Should James hire a VA?
- Being disciplined as an indie hacker
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- Arvid’s updates
- Publishing his newsletter for Bootstrapped Founder
- Fostering an environment for creativity
- What Arvid watches on Twitch
- Listening to Writing Excuses Podcast
- James’ updates
- How the podcast has changed James’ life
- Recording 4 new episodes
- Completed my bulk wallet order
- Staying in the present and reflecting
- Recording with Sir John Hegarty
- James’ tweet
- Arvid tweet
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Dan is the founder of a micro-SaaS studio called Monday, where he runs a portfolio of SaaS products currently doing $7k a month. This included ilo (Analytics for Twitter), a collection of products and themes for Ghost and Dan’s new referral product, Refermo, which he’ll be launching during this show. Last year, Dan left his job to pursue indie hacking full-time.
→ Dan's Twitter
- Twitter analytics
- Ghost host
- Commenting for Ghost
→ Super Themes Co.
- Ghost themes
- Referrals/affiliates for Paddle-powered SaaS
I’m at a slightly earlier stage than Dan, but also left my full-time job in 2021. I get most of my income producing podcasts for clients but it’s my aim to turn my own podcast into a profitable, sustainable business. I run the Indie Bites show, which is 15 minute conversations with indie founders, currently doing about $700 a month in revenue. I also have a podcast course called 2HourPodcast and a handmade leather wallet business, both of which I’d like to grow over the year.
→ James' Twitter
→ Indie Bites
- Indie founder chats
→ 2 Hour Podcast
- Podcasting course
→ Whitstable Craft Co
- Handmade leather wallets
- Podcast editing