If you are intending to bootstrap a new product in 2014 then I will have a book for you in early January. Until then here is a list of my favourite resources for bootstrappers and side project creators. Many of these have previously been posted to my list, so if you like these sign up for weekly emails as I collect new resources.
I listen to podcasts while out running and never fail to come back inspired and ready to work after listening to any of these shows.
- Chasing Product
- Support Ops
- Startups for the Rest of Us
- Bootstrapped with Kids
- Unfinished Business
Many of my favourite books for bootstrappers are self-published, fellow business owners sharing their knowledge and journey.
- Design for Conversions – Brian Casel
- Starting and Sustaining – Garrett Dimon
- Start Small Stay Small – Rob Walling
- Customer Support for Bootstrappers – Chase Clemons and Ian Landsman
- Authority – Nathan Barry
- Design Evolution – Josh Long
- The Year Without Pants – Scott Berkun
I have picked out some individual articles in another section, these sites however are those that I return to time and time again.
- Kalzumeus – Patrick McKenzie’s blog
- Brennan Dunn writing about bootstrapping and products
- Makeshift make tools for startups and blog about it
- Unicorn Free – a site full of no-nonsense advice from Amy Hoy
- The Happy Startup School
- Less Accounting Blog – the bootstrapped accounting start-up share insights on their blog
- Groove are sharing lots of data and stories from their start-up
- ExtendsLogic – the blog of Ruben Gamez of Bidsketch
- Copy Hackers – Copywriting advice for startups
- Maciej Cegłowski of Pinboard at XOXO
- Marketing Your Personal Projects – Sacha Greif
- Bootstrapping a Software Product – Garrett Dimon
- Industry Conf 2013 – presentations from the 2013 event including my presentation on Technical Support
Events to attend in 2014 that I have either attended in the past, hope to attend this year or just know the people behind and can be sure they will put on a valuable event.
- MicroConf and MicroConf Europe – I am hoping to be able to get to the Europe edition in 2014
- Business of Software – I’d like to get to BoS one day, there is also some great stuff in the archive video for this conference
- Industry Conference – I spoke at Industry last year and will be there as an attendee in 2014.
- Dare Conference mini – the 2013 version sounded great, unfortunately I am moving house when the 2014 mini version is on.
- ConFoo – I will be speaking at ConFoo, a huge and varied conference, lots of really solid, technical content
Articles of note
A few articles that I shared with my list, that I feel discuss important issues.
- Here’s why we dropped our free plan – Nikos Moraitakis of Workable
- The Inferno of Independence – Frank Chimero
- Lanyrd: from idea to exit – Natalie Downe
- The Cascading To Do List – Brian Casel
- How I got my first 1000 users in one day – Ryan Friedman
- Lifestyle Programming – Andy Brice
- The Code is your Enemy – Jason Cohen
- 95 ways to find your first customers – Jason Evanish
- How to successfully validate your idea with a landing page MVP
- Data Driven Design with an Annual Survey – Aarron Walter on 24 ways
Tools and services
Many of these are tools and services that we use to run Perch, along with some honourable mentions for tools that I believe are well worth your time.
- Scout App
- Audit Shark
- Fancy Hands
- People per Hour
- The Pomodoro Technique
Community and discussion
I’d love to hear of any other places that bootstrappers hang out, but something I’ve been really happy to see get off the ground this year is The Bootstrapped.fm Forums. Loads of great discussion happening there, so do sign up if you want to talk about the business of bootstrapping software products.
Add your suggestions
Let me know the things you have found useful in the past year by adding a comment.
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