Published 10 October 2017 • 35 minutes, 31 seconds
Stress comes in many forms, and being an indie comes with a slew of additional sources of potential stress that you might not expect. Our intrepid hosts recount the stresses they’ve experiences during their indie careers, discuss potential ways they manage stress, and pitch possible ideas for avoiding it in the first place.
Published 26 September 2017 • 30 minutes, 29 seconds
Getting to know to strangers at conferences and meetups is hard, but an absolutely important part of being an indie; building and developing relationships with others in your community can make a huge difference to your work! Alice, Curtis and Jelly share their own experiences and troubles with networking, building relationships, and breaking the ice.
Published 12 September 2017 • 34 minutes, 43 seconds
More often than not, your workspace is a reflection of who you are, and how you get things done. Taking this to heart, our three hosts look at the workspaces they each inhabit during their working hours, and whether those spaces are conducive to actually working.
Customer support is a huge part of any business where you create products. Dealing with problems, handling requests and getting 1-star reviews all comes with the territory, so what is the best way to interact with customers? Alice, Curtis and Jelly examine their own practices to figure out what they’re doing right, and maybe give each other a little help with the process.
As indies, we’re naturally drawn to having projects alongside our regular workload. These can grow into whole new career opportunities, or they can begin to place undue stress on your work life balance, so how do you know what projects are a good fit? Belle, Curtis and Jelly explore their own side projects; both how they’ve started, and how they’ve ended… or are ending, as the case may be.
A lot of thought needs to be put into launching, both with new products and even with updating existing ones. How do you decide what’s worth making noise about, and what steps do you follow to make sure all your potential customers know? Curtis is deep in thought about this topic himself, so he takes Belle and Jelly through a discussion about their typical processes to figure out what works for them, and what doesn’t.
One of the major parts of owning a product is that the buck stops with you in respect to the features you implement, the time spent on maintenance, and what the overall direction is. What plays a role in making those decisions? Do you involve user feedback, and are you transparent about it? Belle, Curtis and Jelly dive into their own practices, taking a hard look at their varied approaches to these questions and more!
When the lines start to blur between work and life, it can be very difficult to make sure that you’re spending enough time renewing your energy so that you’re giving your best to both. Our three intrepid indies look at their own work/life balance, discussing how they fare, what they do to ensure proper separation, and how they feel they could improve.
Money comes and money goes. This ebb and flow is ever more noticeable as an indie, coming with a unique set of concerns that can affect an entire household. Belle, Curtis and Jelly discuss their approaches to managing their finances, accounting for lean times, and handling the stress that accompanies running a business.
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is back, and having never been, Belle wants to know what it is that draws Curtis and Jelly back every year. Together, they look at what they like about WWDC, what it’s like in comparison to the independent conferences put on each year, and what they would do to improve it in the future.