Released My First Real Product!
For the past couple of months I’ve worked on a nontrivial project: build, launch and sell a commercial product on my own.
I set fairly strict constraints for the project:
- Use less than five months to release the first version.
- Work on it no more than fifteen hours a week (nights and weekends).
- Don’t neglect my family, which I love.
- Keep my dayjob, which I really enjoy.
Well, I did it. The result is ThoughtMuse, an online mindmapping tool which runs in your browser. I released v.1.0 a week ago.
It’s early days. ThoughtMuse has some rough edges which I need to improve, and there’s plenty of additional features I’d like to add to it.
So do I have any paying customers yet? Well, the magical first sale ticked in a few days after launch; the sweetest $35.40 I’ve ever earned. Building and selling something on your own is extremely rewarding. Making a profit? Sure, that would be nice as well. :)
You learn a lot by building a commercial product all on your own. I’m going to write more on this later on.