The Indie Dads Podcast

Indie Dads

We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.

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Bryan and Malcom discuss how to market as a full-time parent and part-time indie maker. When time and money are scarce, it boils down to finding the right long-term priorities and patiently chipping away at them.--Mentioned in this episode: The BizBox newsletter at https://www.getrevue.co/profile/bixbox--Follow us on Twitter for more updates:Bryan is @PocketBryanMalcolm is @InquisitorJaxIndieDads is @IndieDads_--About this podcast:We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.

Dec 1

53 min 12 sec

Could it be true? Two software engineers, both trying to do some actual marketing? Holy smokes this is harder than it sounds!Bryan shares his experience so far with Google Ads and all the gotchas he has to watch out for. Malcolm shares his plans for the next two weeks and they discuss different strategies for getting in front of the right eyeballs when you're just starting out.--Follow us on Twitter for more updates:Bryan is @PocketBryanMalcolm is @InquisitorJaxIndieDads is @IndieDads_--About this podcast:We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.

Nov 16

38 min 41 sec

In this episode, Bryan and Malcolm provide updates on their products and share their learnings and thoughts on the ups and downs that comes with being a startup founder/entrepreneur, how that affects you and your family, and how to separate work/startup life from family time.Malcolm wrapped up his first 2-week (bug) sprint, despite his power being shut off often due to load shedding (rolling blackouts). For the next two weeks, he'll be focusing on product features, before starting a marketing sprint in mid-November.Bryan has officially partnered up on the startup he was test driving, and is excited to tackle some of the challenges that come with trying to turn a Productized Service into a SaaS (over time).--Follow us on Twitter for more updates:Bryan is @PocketBryanMalcolm is @InquisitorJaxIndieDads is @IndieDads_--About this podcast:We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.

Nov 2

52 min 42 sec

In this episode, Bryan and Malcolm discuss updates to their projects, what to look for to avoid burnout, and what they do when they feel it coming on.--Follow us on Twitter for more updates:Bryan is @PocketBryanMalcolm is @InquisitorJaxIndieDads is @IndieDads_--About this podcast:We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.

Oct 20

58 min 36 sec

Malcolm spent the last week with his kids and family while they were on school break, and talks about how he manages how much time he spends on his side project versus family time. He also shipped a big update with some great UX improvements, getting him closer to where he wants to be with Remotime as a product.Bryan just got back from a vacation with his family in the Bahamas and managed to get along without taking a laptop with him. He talks about how taking a complete break from technology does wonders for family and even project focus. He'll be spending the next 2-3 weeks building a prototype for a potential partnership with an old friend.--Follow us on Twitter for more updates:Bryan is @PocketBryanMalcolm is @InquisitorJaxIndieDads is @IndieDads_--About this podcast:We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.

Oct 6

44 min 43 sec

In this episode, Bryan and Malcolm talk about the risks and benefits of finding a co-founder. We also go over progress on our projects over the past two weeks, and Bryan's takeaways from MicroConf.Follow us on Twitter for more updates:Bryan is @PocketBryanMalcolm is @InquisitorJaxIndieDads is @IndieDads_--About this podcast:We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.

Sep 22

1 hr 1 min

In this episode, Bryan and Malcolm share their product updates, how they manage their time as parents and Indie founders, how to prioritize marketing efforts versus building, and managing stress and burn-out.This episode's updates:Malcolm sat down with his Indie accountability partner and teased out some bugs that he quickly knocked out. He also experimented with sharing updates and asking for feedback on Reddit. Malcolm talks about how he will be focusing on finding new ways to get his product in front of more eyeballs via Reddit, including spending more time participating in communities and looking for ways to help and build a reputation there.Bryan launched https://minimal.blog in just 3 weeks, meeting his aggressive goal. He then quickly turned around and introduced a free plan (and shares his lessons learned as part of that). As a blogging platform, he'll be playing the long game in terms of marketing, so he's looking for his next project while he works on Minimal part-time.This week's Indie Parent spotlight is Danny from Boston. Check out his projects at https://www.bettermorningreading.com and https://gamifyhq.comIf you'd like to be featured on a future episode, shoot us an email or message us on Twitter and tell us about you, your family, and your projects.Follow us on Twitter for more updates:Bryan is @PocketBryanMalcolm is @InquisitorJaxIndieDads is @IndieDads_--About this podcast:We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.

Sep 8

58 min 18 sec

In this episode, Malcolm and Bryan dive deeper into how they got started on each of their projects, and how they've been able to balance family priorities at the same time.For Malcolm, it began with a big idea that he ultimately realized he would need to scale way back in order to not burn out while working a full-time job, supporting and spending time with his family, and still trying to put in a few hours each night. He ultimately tabled his original idea and began working on a problem that would scratch his own itch: simple time keeping and invoicing for freelancers like him.For Bryan, he began with an ambitious vision for how he wanted to stand out in the crowded "freelancer tools" market, but quickly realized he was biting off more than he could chew (even while working full-time on his project). He has now decided to launch his side project -- which involves his passion for writing -- while continuing to gather data on his main idea.This episode is a little longer than future episodes will be, because we wanted to lay the groundwork for future episodes, but we're excited to continue sharing our journey!--Mentioned in this episode:Arvid Kahl's The Bootstrapped Founder podcast, episode 2: Problem Validation: Making Sure You’re Talking To The Right People"You can't assume that anything stored in a service you don't pay for will persist." - @paulgBook References:The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you - linkMarketing for Developers: Build, launch, and get your first 100 customers - linkMalcolm's Twitter: @InquisitorJaxBryan's Twitter: @PocketBryanBryan's Project: Coming soon! Keep an eye on Twitter.Malcolm's Project: RemotimeIf you're a current or aspiring SaaS founder, you can subscribe to Bryan's SaaS Founder Gems Newsletter.--About this podcast:We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.

Aug 24

54 min 33 sec

This is the Indie Dads podcast. We're Bryan and Malcolm, a couple of dads sharing our journey about bootstrapping our indie businesses while still prioritizing our young families.Our goal is financial and location independence, but not at the expense of our families, our kids' happiness, or our relationships.That doesn't mean we won't work hard and hustle in order to get things off the ground, but our priorities will always be family-first.We believe that you can bootstrap a successful SaaS, Freelance, or Indie business while still enjoying the family life. We're here to share our learnings as we build our businesses from scratch.--In this episode, we introduce ourselves, our backgrounds, our motivations, and our goals. Malcolm is a father of 3 from Cape Town, South Africa, and full-time freelancer. He's building Remotime, a native mobile app for tracking your time and sending invoices.Bryan is a father of 5 from Arizona, USA, who just recently quit his job at Amazon to pursue his life-long dream of building and running a SaaS business. You can find his project at FreelanceSugar.com.Even though they're technically competitors in the same space (serving freelancers), they saw an opportunity to share learnings and collaborate, as they build their independent businesses, and they want to share what they learn along the way.--You can also watch this podcast on YouTube--Mentioned in this episode:Malcolm's Twitter: @InquisitorJaxBryan's Twitter: @PocketBryanBryan's Project: FreelanceSugarMalcolm's Project: RemotimeIf you're a current or aspiring SaaS founder, you can subscribe to Bryan's SaaS Founder Gems Newsletter.

Aug 9

38 min 2 sec