Bootstrapping Saas

Val Sopi

Bootstrapping Saas is a podcast where I document my attempts at getting to $10K in MRR with my Saas products as a one man show (designer, developer, marketer). I cover things like sales strategies, failed attempts, successful outcomes, lessons, and a few personal things here and there.

Once in a while I bring in a guest where we talk

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Ben Mann (@digitaltrouble) comes up to share what he's been up to.

Nov 22

42 min 46 sec

blogstatic's momentum is growing and I'm trying to maintain my pace without being overwhelmed.

Oct 7

10 min 28 sec

A quick update after a 5-month break from recording.

Sep 8

5 min 58 sec

Lessons from selling Claritask and what's next

Apr 8

33 min 23 sec

Agency work, new ideas, Claritask...

Jan 11

9 min 54 sec

I share my tools that help me stay healthy emotionally and physically.

Oct 2020

28 min 26 sec

Back after a 3-month break. Talking about what I've been up to. Claritask update. Client work. And what I'm up to now/next.

Oct 2020

14 min 29 sec

Signup for Claritask.com to run your team and projectsA list of various Podcasts on bootstrapping:https://transistor.fm/podcasts-for-bootstrappersBootstrapping Saas Playlist on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5ANZLmlqW5LODRP2P11MTR?si=rk_FG5BdSVK65mZ5HrcmOw

Jul 2020

7 min 29 sec

Ben is the founder of https://playgroup.community/ who just launched it with their first paying client, the notorious MegaMaker forum. You can also find Ben on Twitter at https://twitter.com/digitaltroubleHe runs his podcast with Noah Bragg https://productjourney.fm/You can also find Ben's website here https://benmann.de/===Signup for Claritask.com to run your team and projectsA list of various Podcasts on bootstrapping:https://transistor.fm/podcasts-for-bootstrappersBootstrapping Saas Playlist on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5ANZLmlqW5LODRP2P11MTR?si=rk_FG5BdSVK65mZ5HrcmOw

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Jul 2020

54 min 32 sec

This show was an elaboration of a discussion/argument we had with Louis a few weeks ago on Twitter. You can find the entire tweet here: https://twitter.com/valsopi/status/1267489835863998472Some questions we try to answer are: The difference between idea/execution What it means to give value What is Marketing vs Sales (a sort of new take, at least for me) You can find out more about Louis in the following places His salesforfounders.com Course Twitter account https://twitter.com/louisnicholls_ And podcast: https://pod.salesforfounders.com/ We also had two questions from listeners Mate Uzsoki https://twitter.com/MateUzsoki Lesley https://twitter.com/lesley_pizza ===To mindfully multitask, signup for Claritask.com A list of various Podcasts on bootstrapping:https://transistor.fm/podcasts-for-bootstrappersBootstrapping Saas Playlist on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5ANZLmlqW5LODRP2P11MTR?si=rk_FG5BdSVK65mZ5HrcmOw

Jun 2020

1 hr 2 min

The two tweets I mention heavily on the show https://twitter.com/valsopi/status/1266052752901373952 https://twitter.com/valsopi/status/1267489835863998472 And signup for Claritask.com to run your team and projectsA list of various Podcasts on bootstrapping:https://transistor.fm/podcasts-for-bootstrappersBootstrapping Saas Playlist on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5ANZLmlqW5LODRP2P11MTR?si=rk_FG5BdSVK65mZ5HrcmOw

Jun 2020

20 min 24 sec

This week I am listening to: Hermanos Gutierrez and their album Hoy Como AyerHUGE Thanks to my Patreon supporters: Jace Richardson — RepoGuard.comRepoGuard. Protect your GitHub repositories from common mistakes that cost time and energy to fix. Whether it's force pushes to master or just bad commit messages, RepoGuard can help. Visit RepoGuard.com for more info. Flamur Mavraj — Ornio.no Merott Movahedi — Xebel.co - Engaging Students Online Zoli Veres Valon Badivuku You can support me here https://www.patreon.com/bootsaasAnd signup for Claritask.com to run your team and projectsA list of various Podcasts on bootstrapping:https://transistor.fm/podcasts-for-bootstrappersBootstrapping Saas Playlist on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5ANZLmlqW5LODRP2P11MTR?si=rk_FG5BdSVK65mZ5HrcmOw

May 2020

21 min 38 sec

It's Friday, so we slip into philosophical thoughts and let that lead us to the end.HUGE Thanks to my Patreon supporters: Flamur Mavraj — Ornio.no Jace Richardson — RepoGuard.comRepoGuard. Protect your GitHub repositories from common mistakes that cost time and energy to fix. Whether it's force pushes to master or just bad commit messages, RepoGuard can help. Visit RepoGuard.com for more info. Merott Movahedi — Xebel.co - Engaging Students Online Zoli Veres Valon Badivuku You can support me here https://www.patreon.com/bootsaasAnd signup for Claritask.com to run your team and projectsA list of various Podcasts on bootstrapping:https://transistor.fm/podcasts-for-bootstrappersBootstrapping Saas Playlist on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5ANZLmlqW5LODRP2P11MTR?si=rk_FG5BdSVK65mZ5HrcmOw

May 2020

1 hr 7 min

Among other things, I talk about: My personal experience with cofounders Thoughts on finding a co-founder Audio clips from: Arvid Kahl of Zero to Sold and The Bootstrapped Founder Justin Jackson of Transistor.fm and JustinJackson.ca Simon Bennett of Snapshooter.io A quick update on Claritask A list of various Podcasts on bootstrapping:https://transistor.fm/podcasts-for-bootstrappersBootstrapping Saas Playlist on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5ANZLmlqW5LODRP2P11MTR?si=rk_FG5BdSVK65mZ5HrcmOwHUGE Thanks to my Patreon supporters: Flamur Mavraj — Ornio.no Jace Richardson — RepoGuard.comRepoGuard. Protect your GitHub repositories from common mistakes that cost time and energy to fix. Whether it's force pushes to master or just bad commit messages, RepoGuard can help. Visit RepoGuard.com for more info. Merott Movahedi — Xebel.co - Engaging Students Online Zoli Veres Valon Badivuku You can support me here https://www.patreon.com/bootsaasAnd signup for Claritask.com to run your team and projects

May 2020

44 min 45 sec

In this episode... Spoke about the importance of having friends that share the same journey Claritask Scrum being ready How we don't have to be perfect Thinking about AppSumo Dan Miller's book on Scrum: https://gumroad.com/danmiller#CDPpF And a few other things... Bootstrapping Saas Playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5ANZLmlqW5LODRP2P11MTR?si=rk_FG5BdSVK65mZ5HrcmOwHUGE Thanks to my Patreon supporters: Jace RichardsonRepoGuard. Protect your GitHub repositories from common mistakes that cost time and energy to fix. Whether it's force pushes to master or just bad commit messages, RepoGuard can help. Visit RepoGuard.com for more info. Merott Movahedi — Xebel.co - Engaging Students Online Zoli Veres Valon Badivuku You can support me here https://www.patreon.com/bootsaas

May 2020

28 min 38 sec

My panic attack, Claritask progress, issues, and hope ahead.Mentioned in the show: Dwayne Perkins Standup Bertram — Craft and Wilderness

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Apr 2020

30 min 48 sec

I talk about about, how I am using Linkedin  Email Twitter Direct Email Blogging A BIG Thanks to my Patreon supporters: Jace RichardsonRepoGuard. Protect your GitHub repositories from common mistakes that cost time and energy to fix. Whether it's force pushes to master or just bad commit messages, RepoGuard can help. Visit RepoGuard.com for more info. Merott Mohavedi - xebel.co Simon Benett - snapshooter.io Dean Leyton-James - cloudperiscope.com Zoli Veres Valon Badivuku - badivuku.com You can support me here https://www.patreon.com/bootsaas

Mar 2020

16 min 26 sec

I had a thought earlier today about how maybe selling a solution (like Claritask) requires an offline effort (networking, in person sales, conferences, presentations, etc.).Here's the original tweet on that conundrum: https://twitter.com/valsopi/status/1233382562728378368HUGE Thanks to my Patreon supporters: Jace RichardsonRepoGuard. Protect your GitHub repositories from common mistakes that cost time and energy to fix. Whether it's force pushes to master or just bad commit messages, RepoGuard can help. Visit RepoGuard.com for more info. Merott Mohavedi — Xebel.co - Engaging Students Online Simon Benett — SnapShooter.io - DigitalOcean Backups Dean Leyton-James — Automaily.com - Custom Stripe Emails Zoli Veres Valon Badivuku You can support me here https://www.patreon.com/bootsaas

Feb 2020

10 min 8 sec

Enjoying Claritask, more than ever because: Claritask is quite complete Current clients are happy New pricing New activity  New paying clients My consultancy financing Claritask And talking about one problem/conundrum/question that I have, which I don't know how to solve.A BIG Thanks to my Patreon supporters: Jace RichardsonRepoGuard. Protect your GitHub repositories from common mistakes that cost time and energy to fix. Whether it's force pushes to master or just bad commit messages, RepoGuard can help. Visit RepoGuard.com for more info. Merott Mohavedi - xebel.co Simon Benett - snapshooter.io Dean Leyton-James - cloudperiscope.com Zoli Veres Valon Badivuku - badivuku.com You can support me here https://www.patreon.com/bootsaas

Feb 2020

24 min 37 sec

I was invited on Product Journey podcast to share my story and had a great time speaking to Noah and Ben. One thing that got my mind churning was on how I would go about finding what idea to work on next. It was specifically Noah's frustrations after interviewing people and being left with less inspiration than when first started.This is that episode: https://share.transistor.fm/s/4ea4839fHUGE Thanks to my Patreon supporters: Jace RichardsonRepoGuard. Protect your GitHub repositories from common mistakes that cost time and energy to fix. Whether it's force pushes to master or just bad commit messages, RepoGuard can help. Visit RepoGuard.com for more info. Merott Mohavedi — Xebel.co - Engaging Students Online Simon Benett — SnapShooter.io - DigitalOcean Backups Dean Leyton-James — Automaily.com - Custom Stripe Emails Zoli Veres Valon Badivuku You can support me here https://www.patreon.com/bootsaas

Feb 2020

22 min 16 sec

Had the pleasure to speak to my long time internet friend, Helen Ryles (@HelenRyles). We covered topics from product making, validation, marketing, timing/luck, staying sane, and more.One of the longest episodes I believe, but felt like a breeze.Let me know if you have any comments by replying to the shows tweet here: Helen's current projects: Namesace: https://namesace.com/ FeedbackFridays: https://feedbackfridays.com/ A BIG Thanks to my Patreon supporters: Jace RichardsonRepoGuard. Protect your GitHub repositories from common mistakes that cost time and energy to fix. Whether it's force pushes to master or just bad commit messages, RepoGuard can help. Visit RepoGuard.com for more info. Merott Mohavedi - xebel.co (spelled with an X) Simon Benett - snapshooter.io Dean Leyton-James - cloudperiscope.com Zoli Veres Valon Badivuku You can support me here https://www.patreon.com/bootsaas

Feb 2020

52 min 21 sec

Would I have been able to make Claritask as a side project? The talk I had with my wife April Dunford's Obviously Awesome book HUGE Thanks to my Patreon supporters: Jace RichardsonRepoGuard. Protect your GitHub repositories from common mistakes that cost time and energy to fix. Whether it's force pushes to master or just bad commit messages, RepoGuard can help. Visit RepoGuard.com for more info. Merott Mohavedi - xebel.co (spelled with an X) Simon Benett - snapshooter.io Dean Leyton-James - cloudperiscope.com Zoli Veres Valon Badivuku You can support me here https://www.patreon.com/bootsaas

Jan 2020

25 min 36 sec

Took a few questions from Noah https://twitter.com/noahwbragg/status/1218625288633847808 and Dan https://twitter.com/mrdanmiller/status/1218627320807772161 New registrations coming in from my sales/marketing efforts Bought a new domain for a blog/publication I've been wanting to make for the longest time Josh's tweet https://twitter.com/Shpigford/status/1217841243213922310 and positioning/distribution issues And a few other things: Thinking about launching on ProductHunt, my NYs resolutions working out so far Mac Miller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrR_gm6RqCo A BIG Thanks to my Patreon supporters: Jace RichardsonRepoGuard. Protect your GitHub repositories from common mistakes that cost time and energy to fix. Whether it's force pushes to master or just bad commit messages, RepoGuard can help. Visit RepoGuard.com for more info. Merott Mohavedi - xebel.co (spelled with an X) Simon Benett - snapshooter.io Dean Leyton-James - cloudperiscope.com Zoli Veres Valon Badivuku You can support me here https://www.patreon.com/bootsaas

Jan 2020

21 min 50 sec

Among other things... Running a product in the sea of many competitors My readings: David & Goliath, Stillness is the Key, Atomic Habits, Obviously Awesome Claritask currently: Lower pricing, new registrations, my sales activity New client work Personal habits: fasting, working out,  A BIG Thanks to my Patreon supporters: Jace RichardsonRepoGuard. Protect your GitHub repositories from common mistakes that cost time and energy to fix. Whether it's force pushes to master or just bad commit messages, RepoGuard can help. Visit RepoGuard.com for more info. Merott Mohavedi - xebel.co (spelled with an X) Simon Benett - snapshooter.io Dean Leyton-James - cloudperiscope.com Zoli Veres Valon Badivuku You can support me here https://www.patreon.com/bootsaas

Jan 2020

20 min 51 sec

A recap of last year: bad things & good things The $20K bank loan I was about to take New Pricing and why I did it (the reasoning behind it) Healthy habits: Intermittent fasting Started Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bootsaas More open financials: What else will I be sharing moving forward Patreon Supporters A BIG Thanks to my Patreon supporters: Jace RichardsonRepoGuard. Protect your GitHub repositories from common mistakes that cost time and energy to fix. Whether it's force pushes to master or just bad commit messages, RepoGuard can help. Visit RepoGuard.com for more info. Merott Mohavedi - xebel.co (spelled with an X) Support my journey on Patreon

Jan 2020

30 min 19 sec

Not a regular episode, just something I wrote about how I think about Luck and Getting Lucky!

Dec 2019

5 min 25 sec

There wont be any ads in the show moving forward. Instead, I will give shoutouts to my maker friends. Want to keep the show ad freeShoutouts: Helen Ryles: NamesAce.com Tony Denke Dominic St. Pierre Show notes: $20K Investment didn't happen Applied to Tinyseed, probably wont get an interview call/email Getting a loan of $20K going into 2020 Claritask is doing well. No growth in new clients, but there's growth with current clients adding more users, which caused the need to up the resources in the server How I will market/sell Claritask going forward

Dec 2019

17 min 55 sec

Thankful for EP25 supporters:Userlist is a tool for sending behavior-based messages to your SaaS customers. It’s great for onboarding users and nurturing them throughout their journey. You can also see who your users are, segment them, and see what they’re doing inside your product. Userlist is much more powerful than building it yourself, and less complex than enterprise tools like Intercom. Start your free trial today at userlist.io/bootstrappingsaas and get 30% off your first three months.

Nov 2019

28 min 49 sec

Even though I am excited to come back to Claritask, I still have to find a long-term working model.Started Cold Emailing and landed the first demo with the first 30 emails sent.Also, reading Ryan Holiday's book and highlighting most of it.Thankful for EP24supporters:Userlist is a tool for sending behavior-based messages to your SaaS customers. It’s great for onboarding users and nurturing them throughout their journey. You can also see who your users are, segment them, and see what they’re doing inside your product. Userlist is much more powerful than building it yourself, and less complex than enterprise tools like Intercom. Start your free trial today at userlist.io/bootstrappingsaas and get 30% off your first three months.

Oct 2019

26 min 24 sec

Other things I talk about: My relationship with money Stillness is the Key book by Ryan Holiday Full Stack Radio Episode 125 — "Rob Walling: Choosing the Right Idea" with Adam Wathan Traction book by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares The worst business I invested in Keeping a list of things I want to achieve The Stairstep Approach to Bootstrapping by Rob Walling What I am watching right now Thankful for EP23 supporters:Userlist is a tool for sending behavior-based messages to your SaaS customers. It’s great for onboarding users and nurturing them throughout their journey. You can also see who your users are, segment them, and see what they’re doing inside your product. Userlist is much more powerful than building it yourself, and less complex than enterprise tools like Intercom. Start your free trial today at userlist.io/bootstrappingsaas and get 30% off your first three months.

Oct 2019

28 min 26 sec

Bootstrapping with client work on one side and Claritask on another is proving to be hard.Among other things I talk about: Bootstrapping is hard in the way I am doing it Momentum in product making My current client project (consultancy work) Sales & direct Emails Also, as a chapter on its own: How to have a killer product Moving forward as a company Thankful for EP22 supporters: ColdfeetStudios.com by Shawn Inman — Shawn is offering a 30-minute free consultation wanting to help with a pressing challenge (technical or not) that you are facing in your bootstrapped product/startup. Hurry up, his weekly slots are limited. StartupResources.io by Paul Metcalfe — A curated list of the best tools you need for getting your startup off the ground. Startup Resources has a popular weekly newsletter where more than 3000 entrepreneurs — Go to http://startupresources.io to sign up for free

Oct 2019

23 min 40 sec

Corey and I have been talking for quite some time on and off. We finally found the time to sit down and talk about this "fancy" bootstrapping life of ours.Among other things we challenged the bootstrapping way of building and selling a product and what would be the ideal situations of receiving an outside investment.Corey runs https://blurt.app which helps its users write better.Thankful for EP21 supporters: ColdfeetStudios.com by Shawn Inman — Shawn is offering a 30-minute free consultation wanting to help with a pressing challenge (technical or not) that you are facing in your bootstrapped product/startup. Hurry up, his weekly slots are limited. StartupResources.io by Paul Metcalfe — A curated list of the best tools you need for getting your startup off the ground. Startup Resources has a popular weekly newsletter where more than 3000 entrepreneurs — Go to http://startupresources.io to sign up for free

Oct 2019

1 hr 16 min

In this show I talk about how I am saving ~$1200 on yearly bank fees.Also, I share some lessons on what I have learned so far running Claritask and having this podcast as well as some advice on if you should run a B2B or B2C product.Another thing that has been going around lately is how much transparency is more than necessary? Does it do any good or it's just for high fives we get from our supportersOther points: How I can't work well when working on two projects at once (Claritask and client work) Next improvements on Claritask How I work and my way of working to Basecamp Thankful for EP20 supporters: ColdfeetStudios.com by Shawn Inman — Shawn is offering a 30-minute free consultation wanting to help with a pressing challenge (technical or not) that you are facing in your bootstrapped product/startup. Hurry up, his weekly slots are limited. Podboxer.com by Paul Metcalfe — Paul hand picks the best podcast episodes in founder stories, growth marketing, sales, funding and sends them your way every Monday and Tuesday in a quick easy to digest Newsletter. Sign up for free to get on Paul's bi-weekly newsletter.

Sep 2019

36 min 51 sec

In this episode I talk about how client work is making me more disciplined with Claritask. Also, how I am positioning Claritask more as a company and less like an indiehacker side-product, which is not. I will focus more on channels that have worked before, like Linkedin, Quora, and Medium.Companies that I sell to are serious companies that want to work with a product which they feel will be around for a long time. Removing myself from Claritask will (hopefully) make it sound more as a serious contender to current apps out there and less about 1-person making something. Ego aside, Claritask doesn't need me for that.Thankful for EP19 supporters: ColdfeetStudios.com by Shawn Inman — Shawn is offering a 30-minute free consultation wanting to help with a pressing challenge (technical or not) that you are facing in your bootstrapped product/startup. Hurry up, his weekly slots are limited. Podboxer.com by Paul Metcalfe — Paul hand picks the best podcast episodes in founder stories, growth marketing, sales, funding and sends them your way every Monday and Tuesday in a quick easy to digest Newsletter. Sign up for free to get on Paul's bi-weekly newsletter.

Sep 2019

11 min 5 sec

In this episode I talk about how client work is helping me keep the lights on with Claritask, but it's getting me away from it on daily basis, which I hate. Also, I talk about how I don't want money to be the measuring stick of my product, or self in general. I want to be more disciplined where I split my day in half in both client work and Claritask, which I haven't been able to do Talking about this podcast Supporters (not Sponsors) My current streams of revenue How Rocky has it wrong Thankful for EP18 supporters: ColdfeetStudios.com by Shawn Inman — Shawn is offering a 30-minute free consultation wanting to help with a pressing challenge (technical or not) that you are facing in your bootstrapped product/startup. Hurry up, his weekly slots are limited. Podboxer.com by Paul Metcalfe — Paul hand picks the best podcast episodes in founder stories, growth marketing, sales, funding and sends them your way every Monday and Tuesday in a quick easy to digest Newsletter. Sign up for free to get on Paul's bi-weekly newsletter.

Sep 2019

24 min 4 sec

Louis Nichols was a cofounder of a VC backed startup that exited and now he consults startups and founders on sales and marketing.In this Episode we go down into the basics of what Sales mean for a bootstrapped Saas and how to go about succeeding with it.Some of the things we talked about were: The difference between Sales and Marketing for early stage bootstrapped startups How to go about finding leads Does it matter "who" is behind the product Justin Jackson's "The Myth of a Niche Market" https://justinjackson.ca/niche Louis is currently running a course, with limited spots, on sales. For all the details visit: http://salesforfounders.comThis episode is sponsored by ColdFeed Studios. Shawn Inman, CFS founder, is offering a free 30-minute consultation for any founder who needs advice on how to move forward. Visit the website https://coldfeetstudios.com/ for details and signup for your free consultation spot.

Aug 2019

1 hr 6 min

Two big announcements: Next show (EP17) I will have a guest who I will announce a few days before the show. He is a sales marketer for B2B #Saas businesses I have new sponsors for the show starting EP17. One will be sponsoring for 6 weeks and the other for 3. They are both services and products made for us I will be taking off for a few days just to recharge. Doing things differently with consulting: working hourly vs fixed pricing New consultancy gig that will help me financially continue running Claritask What is bootstrapping? (to me) Talking about Philip's article: https://twitter.com/valsopi/status/1163569933894266888 and my response to it: https://twitter.com/valsopi/status/1163569943931170818 — on maybe there's no journey really (please, listen to the details of it) The tweet that resonated a lot with others Healthy habits (physically/mentally) as I go into September with Claritask on one side and the new consultancy gig on the side Don't follow Basecamp (or anyone else) It matters "Who" is making the product. How you can be the "who" behind the product

Aug 2019

32 min 35 sec

It's tricky, focusing on tire kickers and those who are not sure about using Claritask — because they require the most time to support (time that I do not have) and chances are will not convert. These are users who it's best to support when you have a larger team and have the time to wait/support until they convert.Also, Claritask is not part of Baremetrics Open Startups, where you get to see everything that goes in and around Claritask's revenue, updated in real time — http://claritask.baremetrics.comToying with new ideas about Claritask homepage as well as new pricing (going a bit upmarket)

Aug 2019

17 min 29 sec

In this episode I go into detail on how I divide my tasks in Claritask (Features & Quickies). Also talk about latest in Claritask (features & new clients).On Youtube: https://youtu.be/1A4cib0LkfUThere's a new client trialing Claritask with a 7-day trial, which I have introduced recently. Hopefully they convert to a paying client.Also, if you want to sponsor this show I am starting at $20/month. Let me know at saas@claritask.com if you are interested.Capterra reviews are currently at 5 star, which I am very happy about: https://www.capterra.com/p/186826/Claritask/

Aug 2019

21 min 50 sec

In this episode I talk about how I am embracing the bootstrapping life more and more and how taking controlled risks and having more money in the bank is helping me make better decisions.Please, fill out this 1 question survey on how I can make this show better for you (Google form) — https://bit.ly/2MkuahbI am also opening up this show to sponsorships where companies can advertise for as little as $20 per episode.Other things I talk about is how I am working on a few small side projects for clients to bring a bit more money in while I focus on current active users who are in love with Claritask. Sales is another thing I have in mind, but product + current users is the main focus for the moment.

Jul 2019

16 min 44 sec

Also, how taking side projects in costing me more time than it's worth the cash that I am *NOT* getting.Claritask is doing great with current clients, they are adding more people, new features are coming, existing ones are being improved upon.New Claritask website is coming up, which will be mostly type/copywriting without many icons/photos and no salesy fluff. Will include user guides, case studies.Going back to the original $50/month flat price offer.Spoke to Corey Haines (https://twitter.com/coreyhainesco) of https://Baremetrics.com about things I can improve on Claritask.Mentioned "Begin Again" as a quote that keeps me motivate, which I came across via Brian Wang (https://twitter.com/brianmwang/status/1125118085860450304)

Jul 2019

23 min 27 sec

The angel investment possibility I mentioned on EP10 didn't go through and glad it actually didn't. I can continue building Claritask on my own terms for my clients. Also a listener, Kevin Ratez from Germany https://twitter.com/KevinRaetz, helped me realize a few things and inspired me to give direct sales a real try. Thanks Kevin!MRR at $150/month. Lost the first client. User base is growing from current clients adding more of their staff. Still struggling with leads, hence one last push for direct sales.

Jul 2019

20 min 17 sec

There are ton of positives I am feeling about my talks with the potential angel investor. There are a few things which make me reluctant in taking this investment, but overall — the mood is positive.There's a new paying client and I launched an upgrade which caused a few clients to write me 10 seconds later about a bug (Is this PMF? People crying 'fire' seconds later?)Started doing Case studies and here's where my inspiration came from: https://twitter.com/valsopi/status/1141978808368664576The benefits of keeping it honest in this podcast and how honesty can backfire sometimes.

Jun 2019

29 min 47 sec

I start with a little bit of venting on how I am not doing enough with my outreach efforts and hanging out in places (Twitter) where my clients are not. My best visits come from Linkedin, Medium, Quora — and I should be more there.I talk a bit about on how our business should be a flower with a ton of nectar to support a bee and help it invite all its friends to join (word of mouth) — and not be always on the outreach mode where we are tapping on our potential customer's shoulder with our offering.I have been playing a bit of guitar to let some steam off and forget about what I do on daily basis....and managed to answer Tony's question write after I wrapped the show and went back in to add this bit https://twitter.com/tonydehnke/status/1140364407056326656

Jun 2019

18 min 43 sec

I talk about the boring bits, how Saas is a long game and you really have to love the grind. Then I continue on how things are getting serious because a new client signed up with +30 staff and "daily active users" went up to 70 on Wednesday.The idea of an investment crossed my mind and I spoke to two sources (fund/vc in Europe and an angel in New York City). Not sure it's the route I would see myself in, though weighing the options and its worthiness.Answered a few listener questions and ended with some Podcast stats and what I will be working on during the week.

Jun 2019

32 min 43 sec

In this episode I talk about how to know when you have a product with some positive signals and how to push through. I also, quickly talk about the benefits of thinking of your business as a hobby and how it could have a positive impact in your growth.Towards the end I share what I have done this past week and what I will be doing the coming week.

Jun 2019

20 min 23 sec

In this episode I talk about how leads are still a problem and that I will focus on content (I describe in detail what is working for me and where I will focus my efforts). Also, that I will be giving cold emailing another try but a bit differently (highly prospected) and on a new target market (content marketers).Claritask, the app, is in good shape with great comments coming from current users. I will also continue with a few new features and improvements inside the app.There's one thing I want to try with my website, where I tone everything down, instead of trying to "sell" the entire time and try to convince someone that Claritask is better than other products.

May 2019

26 min

In this episode I talk about how hard the week was. Not that anything in particular happened, but the way I feel about things going slower than I want them to be — and how I am trying to overcome these feelings and look forward.I recorded this episode while driving. The sound maybe a bit off, but I like this episode as there's something about driving that gives me the freedom to vent and "be real" with everything that is going on in life and business.I take a question from a fellow maker Tzelon Machluf, which you can find here.Also, I talk about how I am "finaly" focusing my content marketing efforts solely on Medium, Linkedin, and Quora.

May 2019

29 min 58 sec

In this episode I talk about how I am focusing on Content Marketing as my sole growth channel of choice, for now.Other notes include on how I don't want to play the 'numbers game' just yet and how I want to focus on helping every new customer one-on-one. This is hard, clearly, but I want to be there for every new client that comes through the door. Like an actual store, where you walk in and someone greets you. Yes, Claritask is an online product, but it's a service at the end of the day, hence the name "Software as a Service", not "Software as an Automation"Also, I talk about Luck — what it means to me and how I think about it. Thanks Anurag for the question.I briefly mention this Podcast statsMentioned on this podcast: Hotjar Build Your Saas Podcast Saas Reality Podcast Startups for the rest of us Podcats

May 2019

27 min 9 sec

This week starts with me explaining how I am overwhelmed with everything I am working on in and around Claritask (code, marketing, sales, growth) and what steps I am taking to not burn outThe rest of the show includes: Sales/Marketing/Growth struggles since it's not my main strength (having more faith and trusting the steps, while playing the long game) Trying to get the marketing/sales/growth in autopilot with affiliate marketing — Claritask Affiliate Program New Claritask Asset Page for affiliate marketers and media appearances (down the line) Delighting customers by recording personalized demos with Loom Starting Claritask LIVE Webinars — Claritask Webinars Contacting Affiliate Marketers (following up) NEW: Soft upgrade on Claritask without a credit-card (pay later) Sending out a 'salesy' Newsletter that didn't work: Direct link to that Newsletter The benefits of using apps like Claritask, built by small teams (getting responses/fixes much faster than on bigger apps/companies) Listening to Khalid, Nilüfer Yanya, and Better Oblivion Community Center Claritask expenses: StartupCosts.co/claritask Claritask income: on IndieHackers (hooked to Stripe)

May 2019

22 min 7 sec