6 months deadline to $4k MRR ๐Ÿ“ˆ

"I feel embarrassed to say it, but I have been working on my app GreenBooks (a personal finance app) for the last ten years." โ€“ ๐ŸŒฑ GreenBooks ($1.5k/mo) by Yi Lin

Time flies! Sometimes we get caught building our projects without reaching the goals weโ€™ve set for ourselves.

And this is the reason why "The Microfounder Way" is to:

๐Ÿ›  build something minimal
๐Ÿ’ฐ monetize from day one
๐Ÿ“ˆ marketing > features

The idea is to not get stuck building your product for years without finding the product-market fit and making enough money to go full-time on it.

This means that when this particular product doesnโ€™t work out, itโ€™s fine, you move on to the next one. Becoming a microfounder is not about succeeding with your first idea, but the idea is to succeed with at least one startup as a solo developer.

And more often than not, the first startup is not the one that "succeeds."

But this doesnโ€™t mean that you should abandon your projects quickly and without much thought. Sometimes it takes time.

In general, microfounders try to live without deadlines. Itโ€™s part of the lifestyle. But sometimes, having a deadline for a project can be a good way to force yourself to focus. It doesnโ€™t mean you have to abandon the project after the deadline, you can still decide based on the progress youโ€™ve made.

Yi Lin is now focusing more on marketing and this was also his advice for others when we asked him:

"Definitely have a marketing mindset from the very beginning. Although building a great product is important, you need to spend at least 50% of you time thinking about how to get the word out about your product." โ€“ ๐ŸŒฑ GreenBooks ($1.5k/mo) by Yi Lin

Weโ€™ll be keeping an eye on Yi Linโ€™s progress with GreenBooks on MicroFounder. The plan is to reach $4k/mo to become ramen profitable in the next 6 months with the $16k+ savings (that he keeps track of on GreenBooks of course).

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