Bootstrapping reality

What does it really take to bootstrap a startup these days?

I've been sharing my journey since Jon and I started Transistor in early 2018. Below you'll find many of the lessons we learned along the way.

  1. Bootstrapper's paradox πŸ”₯
  2. The hidden cost of bootstrapping πŸ”₯
  3. Two things that kill bootstrapped companies
  4. Do you even want to be a bootstrapper?
  5. Let's talk about startup costs
  6. Being a solopreneur has risks
  7. Can you bootstrap a startup on the side?
  8. Bootstrapping is hard: how to survive
  9. Why you need a co-founder
  10. Not all product ideas will work as a business
  11. Should we always charge more? πŸ”₯
  12. How do I build something people want?
  13. When should you give up?
  14. The myth of the niche market πŸ”₯
  15. Jason Fried wants to delete our backlog
  16. Why it's hard to build a product in a new market πŸ”₯
  17. We hit $30k in MRR πŸ”₯
  18. Who wants this today?
  19. Good businesses have margin πŸ”₯
  20. The main thing
  21. Business is like surfing πŸ”₯
  22. Clearing up misconceptions about business
  23. How do I find customers for my SaaS?

What people are saying:

"Appreciate @mijustin sharing his doubts, struggles, and uncertainties about where to take his startup. No matter which path you take, it’s never easy. Rooting for you ❀️✌️"

– DHH, Basecamp

"Your bootstrapping series has honestly been the most interesting business related content on the internet for the past few weeks. Can't wait to read the rest!"

β€” Danavir Sarria

"This is a great series of ideas you’re piecing together."

β€” Des Traynor, Intercom

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