4

Seems like most side projects I've considered to earn money outside of work are deceptively difficult, like yeah you can build an app but the likelihood of it getting any attention is abysmally low because the market is saturated with apps better than you could ever build with full marketing and development teams behind them, etc.

Anyone have any coding side hustles that don't require 80 hours of work a week and $10,000 + your first born child as an investment? Not looking to get rich quick, but would like to learn and build a steady source of passive pocket change

Comments
  • 1
    I'm a UI dev for what it's worth, but can do some back end. I've tinkered with building websites, apps, affiliate marketing blogs, etc. in the past but never got very far.

    Typically I'll get into an idea and want to build something, put a week or so into it and realize I have no fuckin clue what I'm doing and the market is saturated with far better things that are built by teams with marketing and development experts behind them. So I get overwhelmed and fail.

    Anything uh... Not like that?
  • 0
    I’ve been looking for pretty much the same thing with no luck
  • 0
    looking for it too
  • 1
    Read "show your work"
    I've read it and it has some great insights on how actual, non-intrusive marketing work.
  • 1
    Personally Im a victim of something a little different. From time to time I got ideas for useful apps/tools then no time to write it then someone else is doing a big buck on a very similar thing. It happened to me at least 5 times during my (looong) career. The last time it was the plugin adding dynamically the comment section to every website, then after some months ...Dissenter! Yeah, I am not going to be rich...
    BTW No, I am not saying that they stole my idea. I haven't published my ideas anywhere, nobody knew about it.
  • 1
    @LesMore I heard that statically, when you have an idea 2 to 3 people have the same about the same time, and that execution is the most important part of it
  • 0
    I've had a lot of ideas, but no idea how to really go about them. Not even all of them are tech related. I thought of an idea for a product after reading about some people doing business with FBA to reduce shipping costs... Get an item made in china, order 500-1000 of them in bulk for like $3 each, pay a little overhead and sell on Amazon for $12-15 a piece and churn money

    Sound's amazing but whoops getting a manufacturer to make something that doesn't exist is timely and expensive, and your listings won't get any attention so you have to artificially fluff them, and hey you better set up an LLC to protect yourself, what's an LLC and what does it protect against? Fuck if I know but you're gonna need a lawyer and accountant, so on and so forth

    Every business idea seems to follow this path of simple concept to overwhelmingly huge requirements to reach reality
  • 1
    @cafebabe IMO you're right, I've heard it too. I just failed at execution! That's a bummer. Now I am waiting for my next chance ;)
  • 0
    @CoffeeSnake Here how it is in my country (and probably yours too) if you're the member of the right tribe. This is the real story: the elders are taking you to the bank where you get a multi-million loan. Then you're purchasing a multi-storey parking in the city centre (or some other company previously "prepared" by bank to be sold on cheap). The monthly income from it is bigger than the monthly payment. You're instantly a wealthy person. Sadly this path is closed for us, mere mortals. All banks are in the hands of the elders. Not our elders...
  • 0
    if everyone who tried and failed would come out and speak then the masses would realize that only about 0.001% of tech companies are successful and actually own over 90% of their specific niche with not much room for new players.

    long gone are the days where anyone could put together some application and make a living out of it. in this age you fail even when you have the best fucking software in the world if you don't have money and contacts.
  • 0
    @LesMore where can i find such elders?
  • 0
    @molaram that has always been like that actually. Examples : Greek slaves, feodal times, coal mines...

    Today with tech, it is easier to *try*, but still as hard to succeed.

    I think if you want to go for the result and only that, you missed the point. It's the journey that matters, not the destination.
  • 1
    @react-guy That's a fair point. I've picked my affiliate marketing website back up. Spent some time writing for it, took some good pictures, etc. I got a few more unique visitors, and that was fun to see. I guess I just need to recognize that progress comes in waves, and that nothing starts off successful. I just need to have fun with it and appreciate small progress here and there.
  • 0
    @CoffeeSnake I launched 4 products so far.
    1. The first was a paid service. 0 traction. No one knew about it and those who found it weren't going to pay.

    2. The second I made, I made it totally free for comparison. Few traction, good retention, but I had no idea how to make a paid version.

    3. I tried to make the website and the value proposition before coding (it's really hard). Didn't raise much interest, abandoned.

    4. My last one so far : open source tool for keyboard shortcuts. Still a bit early-stage, but a few stars per month.

    Each one was more ore less an experiment for when I really get excited by an idea that takes more than a week to make. I learned a lot doing them.
Add Comment