My first year as an Indie hacker - built 6 products while working full-time!

first year indie hacking


In 2018, I sat down for the annual reflection and planning for the next year.

I had big plans for 2019. Massive ones.

Back then, I had an extensive list of app ideas I wanted to test but never really started taking action and actually doing the work.

The biggest blocker was my coding skills. So at the end of 2018, I decided to finally take serious action and (1) learn to code, (2) build products.

I carefully planned my year, setting pretty stretchy goals.

Btw, you can check out how I plan my year here.

The plan was to build 10 products in 2019 while I work full-time and do a few hours of consulting a week.

You can read more about the whole story here.

To be able to perform, I made some changes to increase my productivity and stay sane:

  • I quit social media
  • I stopped reading a large number of books (reading too much prevents me from taking action). Currently, I’m reading 6-7 books a year.
  • I quit watching TV 5 years ago, but sometimes I turn on Netflix.
  • I scheduled regular exercises, I went to the fencing club twice a week, did yoga once a week, and went to the swimming pool 1-2 times a month.
  • I focused more on healthy eating. I ate more vegetables and fruits and decreased my sugar intake. I also said goodbye to my dearest love, Snickers bar.
  • I also took regular breaks. I took 2 short trips during the spring, then took 2 weeks off when my son was born, then again a few days off during autumn. Having rest and downtime is essential when you are pushing yourself hard during most of your days. If you don’t rest, then after a few months, you will burn out. No matter how much love what you do.

So how was 2019?

Looking at the goals, I set you would say I failed miserably, and some might say precisely that.

But I think I won big in 2019.

In 2018, I built one product during the whole year.

In 2019, I built 6!

Here is a list of products I built:

None of these generate significant revenue, I get a couple of bucks every month from ad revenues.

This year, one of the most significant milestones was when I sold one of my apps (TvPremiereAlert).

So, am I rich? Not at all.

How did I end up selling my project?

I was actually shutting down the project since I didn’t have time to keep it updated and running. So, I sent out an email to my users telling them my decision.

Surprisingly, 2 users replied and said they would be happy to take over the project.

But instead of giving it to them for free, I thought, why not try and sell it? I had minimal costs and spent a weekend building the product. My goal was to get back the money I spent on the domain and other services.

This is the story of how I got 80 dollars.

80! USD!

Another big win was when my project, Crypto Project Name Generator got featured on The Next Web.

But I think I did a terrible job at publishing blog posts. It turned out it’s pretty hard to free up some time for writing, and since it was a lower priority activity than building stuff, I just ignored it. I haven’t shared much about the things I’ve learned. In 2020, I’m planning to publish much more actionable content so you will get a ton of value reading my blog.

In 2020, I keep focusing on building new products. To be able to ship the products, I need to improve my coding skills and also experiment with some no-code tools to speed things up.

2020 gonna be a great year, I’m already excited for my upcoming new products.


Despite not hitting most of the KPIs in 2019, I still achieved much more in this year than in 2018. I shipped 6x more products, had insane progress with coding, and learned a lot along the way.

If you’re doing or planning to do something similar, I recommend you stay focused on the single-most-important thing. Don’t try to change the world within a year. I know it’s hard because there are so many things we want to do, but focus is essential.



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