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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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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.

    8 | Wait, Are We Finally Doing Some Marketing? 🤔

    8 | Wait, Are We Finally Doing Some Marketing? 🤔

    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.

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    Follow us on Twitter for more updates:
    Bryan is @PocketBryan
    Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
    IndieDads is @IndieDads_

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    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.

    • 38 min
    7 | Snakes and Ladders (AKA the Startup Roller Coaster)

    7 | Snakes and Ladders (AKA the Startup Roller Coaster)

    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).

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    Follow us on Twitter for more updates:
    Bryan is @PocketBryan
    Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
    IndieDads is @IndieDads_

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    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.

    • 52 min
    6 | Project Updates and Tactics for Avoiding Burnout

    6 | Project Updates and Tactics for Avoiding Burnout

    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.

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    Follow us on Twitter for more updates:
    Bryan is @PocketBryan
    Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
    IndieDads is @IndieDads_

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    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.

    • 58 min
    5 | Balancing Family Life with Your Long-Term Goals

    5 | Balancing Family Life with Your Long-Term Goals

    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.

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    Follow us on Twitter for more updates:
    Bryan is @PocketBryan
    Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
    IndieDads is @IndieDads_

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    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.

    • 44 min
    4 | Should You Go Solo or Find a Co-Founder?

    4 | Should You Go Solo or Find a Co-Founder?

    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 @PocketBryan
    Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
    IndieDads is @IndieDads_

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    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.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    3 | Follow the Scarecrows

    3 | Follow the Scarecrows

    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.com

    If 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 @PocketBryan
    Malcolm is @InquisitorJax
    IndieDads is @IndieDads_

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    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.

    • 58 min

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