I didn't go full-time indie hacking πŸ™„

I promised myself to keep showing up here and sharing stuff, so here I am. πŸ˜‡

When I decided to step down from leading the community at Indie Hackers my plan was just to go in and focus on some of my own Rosieland things.

I had a community building cohort course coming up and thought that would keep me busy whilst also being able to chip away on my overall Rosieland community building efforts.

What ended up happening was me taking my first real job in so many years.

I wrote a Twitter thread about the experience. πŸ‘‡

Honestly though, whilst it all happened fairly quickly, I had big dilemmas about whether it was the right thing for me.

"I'm an indie hacker, I shouldn't go and work for someone else."
"It's a VC backed company, what am I even thinking going down this path?"
"It's not the indie way, what will people think of me?"

I debated over the job for a couple weeks or so, going back and forth and having various discussions with the founders.

Whilst this came after making my decisions, the Part Time Creator Manifesto from @swyx helped me feel better about my decision.

I feel there is a lot of pressure for indie hackers to succeed as full time creators. When in reality we can mix and match things up these days: find work we enjoy doing and continue creating on the side.

I feel this is even more achievable these days as more and more companies realize that to hire the best people they need to accept they'll have side gigs and interests.

In the end, I said yes because:

  • The founders and the team behind Orbit think deeply about community building
  • My role is as much about community building as it is about education, much of what I was planning to do anyways
  • There's lots of potential to grow, not just personally, or as a team, but to also have a meaningful impact on the world of communities
  • They are side gig friendly - my Rosieland efforts continue alongside my job
  • And to be frank, none of the work I do these days is about the money. I make enough money from still owning Ministry of Testing, Rosieland and other things to live comfortably.
  • Yet the money will help me get to complete financial freedom quicker.

And it is this last point that I think about a lot these days.

Indie hacking these days, to me, is more about reaching financial freedom. And there are many paths to get there.

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