Ingredients For A Successful Side Project

1. Choose A Name

  1. NameQL smart name generator which only lists available .com’s
  2. Namestation really sophisticated tools to generate names and check availability
  3. Wordoid basic but good suggestions for phonetic name generation
  4. Lean Domain Search is a bulk suggestion of names relating to a keyword
  5. Namelix is an AI-powered name and logo generator
  1. Brinso gives a brand name score to help you avoid some bad choices that seem good at the time.
  1. Brandmark
  2. LogoAI
  3. Looka
  4. The Noun Project whilst not a logo generator, their library of symbols is valuable to create your own

2. Set up a coming soon page

  1. Launchrock the OG of coming soon pages
  2. Carrd’s landing pages are nice and simple
  3. Ship by Product Hunt
  4. Webflow coming soon templates

3. Get beta testers

  1. Betalist is the original and best to get signups. There’s a prerequisite that you have an email capture form on your site to prove it’s a beta product.
  2. Betafamily crowdsourced beta testing
  3. Betapage a directory of beta sites
  4. Rainforest QA More for QA but if you’re looking for early defect testing, could be useful

4. Create a Minimum Viable Product

  1. Toptal for the best freelance tech talent
  2. Fiverr general marketplace for a range of skills
  3. Upwork another tech talent marketplace
  4. Clutch dev agencies rated and reviewed
  1. Use static HTML over dynamic sites where possible. You can make it dynamic later
  2. Avoid complexity with build tools, use vanilla JavaScript and CSS
  3. If you are going to need a dynamic aspect to your project, consider a batteries-included framework to remove some of the thinking processes. This includes:
    - Ruby on Rails — “Compress the complexity of modern web apps”
    - Django — “The web framework for perfectionists with deadlines”
    - Laravel — “The PHP Framework for Web Artisans”
    - Blitz — “The Fullstack React Framework”
    - WordPress — “the world’s most popular website builder”. Easy to overlook this one but WordPress is ubiquitous and can be configured to do almost anything.

5. Hosting

6. Get some early users

  1. Launch on ProductHunt
  2. Show on HackerNews
  3. Post on Reddit
  4. Share on IndieHackers
  5. Use your social networks (Twitter is best) to spread the message of what you’re working on

8. Fundraise or bootstrap

  1. ClearCo
  3. Pipe



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