Independence

Pants optional.

  • Every other Tuesday
  • Averages around 34 minutes

23: Pricing

Published 27 March 2018 • 34 minutes, 20 seconds

As it turns out, Jelly has been thinking a lot about his pricing lately. He really can’t figure it out, so he calls upon Alice and Curtis for answers. What’s the right approach? How do you come up with a sustainable model that works for your market? Is it really alright to experiment with pricing? Our three hosts look at the ins and outs of pricing as an indie, and how to literally value your work.

22: Feature Creep

Published 13 March 2018 • 29 minutes, 29 seconds

Avoiding bloat in a long-term project can be difficult, and it could make you wonder whether you should even continue improving a product at all. Curtis is certainly questioning whether he’s reached that point with his app, so he, Alice, and Jelly talk it through to figure out whether spending all of your time on one project is healthy, and when you should just call it a day.

21: The Angriest Customer

Published 27 February 2018 • 35 minutes, 10 seconds

Unfortunately, not every interaction you have as an indie is a positive one. Sometimes our customers run into problems, and their first instinct is to just complain; either via a negative review, an angry email, or a bad mention on social media. Alice, Curtis, and Jelly look at their own experiences and discuss how they deal with the negative stuff, with the hope that there’s something that can be gained from it.

20: Getting Things Done

Published 13 February 2018 • 26 minutes, 11 seconds

The task list for indies is seemingly never-ending, and requires effort just to stay on top of what needs to be done and when. Our hosts take a look at their systems—or lack thereof—and consider what they need to do to get things done.

19: The Downsides of Working Alone

Published 30 January 2018 • 29 minutes, 2 seconds

There’s a plethora of good things about getting to work from home—the reduced commute time, being able to set your own hours, and the optionality of pants being amongst them—but what about the downsides? Curtis, Alice and Jelly look through the challenges they face with having to work alone and what they do to manage them.

18: Health and Fitness

Published 16 January 2018 • 32 minutes, 58 seconds

One of the most important assets for any indie is their health: if that fails you, it makes it really difficult to continue with any other part of your work! Our hosts discuss their own approaches to staying fit and healthy, the aspects they struggle with, and what they plan to focus on in the coming year.

17: Lessons Learned in 2017

Published 2 January 2018 • 28 minutes, 39 seconds

As the new year dawns, our hosts look back at the year that was: the ups, the downs, the lessons they learned, and everything in between.

16: Outsourcing

Published 19 December 2017 • 29 minutes, 50 seconds

Handing work over to another person is a major step for any business owner, and as indies it can be especially scary. Curtis is potentially looking at doing some outsourcing in the near future, so he, Alice, and Jelly take a look at why offloading work is useful, what the downfalls can be, and whether it’s worth it in the end.

15: Speaking to the Press

Published 5 December 2017 • 29 minutes, 57 seconds

Managing press is an important part of creating products, especially around releases. Alice, Curtis and Jelly discuss speaking with the press, the resources they make available, and what they really need to be doing to improve their respective approaches.

14: Keeping in the Loop

Published 21 November 2017 • 35 minutes, 4 seconds

To continue to thrive and grow, every indie needs to spend time learning and staying aware of their industry. Our hosts are no different, and they spend some time going over some of their approaches to learning, to staying on top of their game, and ensuring that they make good decisions.