What people are saying:
"THIS IS AMAZING! I'm right on the validation stage and this is gonna help me so much!" -Shruthi
"Reading it again" - Hope
"It was one of the best books I read this year, and I mean it. Learned a lot from your experience and experiments with building products. It's very insightful and inspiring. I keep coming back to it every now and then." - Rutik
"I'm taking notes on almost every page. Highly recommend this and it's definitely worth an afternoon of your time" - Kevin
"I have read couple of chapters as of now, and I can definitely say that it’s the most interesting and well written book, it’s so relatable and I am hooked!" -Porush
"I bought your book yesterday and just wanted to let you know its really good. I'm currently on chapter 11 and was reading it until 2am last night."- Faraz
"Your book has cleared up so much for me, I’m so glad I’ve found it" - Kohl
"The most transparent and honest I've read" - Lawrence
"Just WOW. I wish I had written it! I'm still in the first half of the book, but my mind never stopped thinking at all the insights I've come thru. I love reading the journey of other makers, it makes me reflect on my steps and I can collect some new POVs along the way! This is really The Honest Guide to Indie Making. Thanks for sharing your story and struggles so openly!" - Mattia
"I just started reading your book and I just wanted to let you know it’s so amazing! It has so much practical advice. I’ve been reading other indie-maker books but I think this might be my favorite. I can’t wait to finish it." -Melinda
"Brutally honest...Something that is missing at the moment in the Indie Makers space where only success stories are told...I read the whole book in one go. Took a lot of notes. Great work Kyleigh!" - Katt
"I finished reading through your guide, and to be honest, I thoroughly enjoyed it!! You've managed to capture all sorts of sage advice from thought leaders and weave it into your own story. I loved your learning about managing the beta process, moving in batches, and your approach to ad-spend! I had no idea that you could start with such affordable ad budgets and have been wondering (not actively looking) how to do this and you've provided an excellent starting point. I love the hot SEO tips as well, and you've basically demystified a lot of the SEO tools out there in a few pages. The guide is spot on" -Luke
"It's taught me how hard building a product is. So many things involved that I wasn't even aware of. I really feel for the main character in this story haha." - Lewis
"I finished reading it. It's great!" - Pablo
"Loving the beta version of the book so far!" - Ben
"I'm on the bit where you go through all the marketing channels you tried. SO INTERESTING." - Lewis
"As product developers, we need to be thinking more like this, earlier in our process. Kyleigh's book is worth buying just for the ideas she's laid out in her ["Evidence of a Great Idea"] framework." - Ryan
About the Guide
Last March I went full-time on my side project, haroldthehabittracker.com.
It's been almost 1 yr + I've learned a sh*t ton about what it takes to be a successful indie maker. After receiving some interest on Twitter, I decided to write a guide w/ everything I've learned about:
* Validating ideas
* Getting users
* Building in public
* Getting feedback
* Building community
* Setting up analytics
* Growth loops
* Running a beta
* Being a solo maker
I share screenshots of my data, tools, conversations w/ users, marketing materials. I touch on everything I did right and everything I did wrong.
I answer questions like:
* Should you go full-time on your side projects?
* How do I validate my idea before building?
* What questions should I be asking my users?
* How do I get good feedback on my product?
* How do I get signups with $0 marketing budget?
* Should I do a free trial or free tier?
Why listen to me?
* I got almost 1000 organic signups
* 30 paid customers
* Won the first $5k PH Maker Grant
* Achieved 90-day retention of 34.8%
* Sustaining $80MRR and made $1100+ total
* (and this was just my 1st side project.)
* I've also done Product Design and Product Management for early stage startups for 7+ years
This guide is everything I wish I knew when I started out on this year long journey of indie making full-time.
Learn the easy way what I learned the hard way. Make your learning curve smoother and avoid the pitfalls I did.
Price increases by $5 for every tier
Copies 1-30: $10 - SOLD OUT
Copies 31-60: $14 - SOLD OUT
Copies 61-100: $19 - SOLD OUT
Copies 101-150: $24 - CURRENT PRICE
Copies 151-250: $29
What You'll Get:
* Access to all 19 chapters, 48,000 words
* Notion version
* MOBI file for Kindle
* 100+ resources for further learning
* Templates, Tools, Tutorials and Build In Public ideas you can start using immediately
- Happy to refund if the guide doesn't end up meeting your expectations. No problem, no questions asked 👍
- Students or anyone unable to afford the guide can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can figure something out!
The *Honest* Guide to Indie Making