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How do you decide what idea to work on?

during the past couple of years whenever I had an idea I had written them in my notebook.

now I am ready to work on those ideas. I was going through them and 12 of them grabbed my attention and all of them are projects that I can work on. obviously I cannot work on them all at once.

how do you decide which Idea should you start with?

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    There are multiple approaches to doing this. Most are about ranking which would be most likely to succeed, most profitable, most valuable to the world etc.

    These are valuable, but I'd always include one approach in particular. I think this is the ultimate. It's severely undervalued. But it's something I'd always do to help me get the clarity I need to decide.

    This is how it works.

    Take each idea you're considering. Take time to imagine a future chapter of your life where you're building this idea.

    Imagine what an average day looks like working on this idea. Imagine a day at the beginning, a day while building, a day while scaling, a day at peak success.

    Ask yourself how working on this idea interacts with what you care about, your goals, your relationships, etc.

    Try to fully immerse yourself into this hypothetical future.

    Repeat this for every idea you're considering. Take notes along the way.

    If you can do this well, your brain will show you things that a ranked spreadsheet can't. You can see the 'unforeseen' pitfalls and opportunities. You'll see what makes the most sense.

    And when you're deciding on what you could spend thousands, or 10s of thousands of hours of your life on, that foresight is worth it.

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      Great advice! This should be a post by itself.

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        Thanks! Maybe I'll make it one :)

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          You definitely should! This seems to resonate with a lot of people!

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      Amazing idea. Visualization is useful for so many things.

      How granular do you normally go in your visualizations? Are you visualizing the 5 senses or is that overkill?

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        That's a good question. There's a much longer answer to this, but essentially I don't think about the 5 senses directly. They'll show up if needed.

        What i'm really doing is prompting my brain with a 'way of looking' at things, then letting my brain do the rest. I progress through different ways of looking, only until I've filled in enough of my understanding to get the answer or insight I need.

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          And when I said to 'try to fully immerse yourself in to this hypothetical future,' it's more accurate to 'let yourself' become immersed. It's less of a trying, and more of a letting it happen.

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            Very interesting. Looking forward to the blog post 😄

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      Thank you very much Maclain!
      your approach actually helped me to remove 5 of the ideas from my list. very helpful

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        Awesome! That was fast. Glad it was helpful.

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    I validated 22 business ideas this year. Here is the list to give an overview:

    • Traction $400
    • Understood $240
    • HelpCast $3480
    • InteractiveManuals $1200
    • FanPower $2400
    • Offboard $1800
    • ViralSaaS $4800
    • DesignerRank $500
    • DevTeamsRank $120
    • BetterCollect $250
    • Harmony
    • RealityCheck $1200
    • DevPayGab
    • CommissionHero $4800
    • LessSpace
    • KnowWhere Asset Tracking
    • AfterSchool $100
    • AnimationEmail
    • CompetitorTracker $336
    • Avatharr
    • CutEdges
    • BexioDump $120

    The dollar amount represents the expected customer lifetime value to get an idea what marketing budget would apply.

    I made a matrix to get a better overview with the following questions:
    A) ease-of-reaching-leads
    B) revenue-per-customer (CLV)
    C) fits-me-and-my-background

    For each idea, I panned to go through the following steps:

    1. Check competition
    2. Check google trends
    3. Build simple landing page
    4. Ask 5 people if this could be interesting for them (send landing page)
    5. Make 5 interviews with target customers
    6. Get 3 people to pay up front (for lifetime access)

    Most ideas I stopped validating after step 1 or 2. Others, I went ahead. I'm now down to one idea.

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      Appreciate it Jonas. I'm definitely going to try this!

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      This looks really interesting. Have you detailed this process in an article? If so please post the link. Thank you

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        No, I haven't. Pretty much all I can say about it is in this comment.

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      that's a really good approach. I'm going to apply it to my ideas as well. thank you for sharing that Jonas!

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    I like the @dvassallo approach:

    1. Will I enjoy it?
    2. Can I do it?
    3. Is it likely to work?
    4. Is it okay if it doesn't?

    In desperate times, compromise on #1. In good times, emphasize on #1.

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      very well said. in the past 2 days I've been thinking about it a lot. and really #1 is more important than I though.

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      1. is still the most important from my perspective. Most of the projects will fail anyway and it's better to invest time into something that you actually enjoying doing. Not only it will decrease your probability of failure (one is more invested and motivated when working on something inherently enjoyable) but it will tick a couple prerequisites of number 4.
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      "Can I do it" is related to a business/financial plan

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    I have wasted a lot of time analysing and comparing ideas (with spreadsheets too).

    There is no substitute for actually trying ideas out.

    In the time I've wasted intellectually analysing different options, I could have tried them all and made a better informed decision.

    So this is my suggestion - even though it seems harder and maybe a waste of time, try out all your ideas to find one that works.

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      I agree with "here is no substitute for actually trying ideas out" but sometimes some ideas cost a lot of time and money. with comparing ideas I will definitely never get 100 percent guarantee that my idea is going to work but at least I won't spend a lot of money on validating my idea. don't you agree?

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        Trying out ideas doesn't necessarily mean building a full-fledged product which costs a lot. You can find cheaper ways to test ideas.

        What I'm warning you against is just analysing lots of ideas in your head and trying to choose the "best" one.

        Even if you pick an idea based on some objective criteria, there are many subjective factors that are hard to quantify without trying things.

        For example, I've considered pursuing some ideas based on good market opportunities. But when I tried to execute on them, I found myself shying away from even tweeting about the idea - because it wasn't something I'd be proud of working on, or something I was only doing because of money but had no interest in.

        Isn't trying out ideas harder and more expensive than some shortcut through analysis?

        Yes, absolutely. That's why you need to do it.

        Don't look for shortcuts. Just do the unglamorous work of genuinely trying things.

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          now I completely understand. thank you very much for your explanation. and such a beautiful sentence this one was : "Just do the unglamorous work of genuinely trying things." thank you Hrishi!

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    Trending 2 days in a row 👌

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      it's amazing to see how many people shared their knowledge and experience.

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    You need to prioritise yoru 12 ideas. Other comments have focused on the market and solving a problem. I would add a criteria of "self-sufficiency". Can I build this without adding more resources? If you a solo maker, do I have the skills I need to implement this?

    I all else fails start with the simplest project that solves a problem.

    With 12 ideas you need to move quickly to validate these. I personally get stuck with an idea and have a backlog. One tactic that has helped is setting constraints - set a specific budget and a deadline for testing the idea. I find this is incredibly important because it becomes like other projects with clear responsibilities and a critical path.

    The alternative is mucking around for months and months. The problem is that the mucking around feels good - new apps to test, excellent lessons to learn etc. But after a few months you will be frustrated. I know I was.

    Good luck

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      thank you very much Ebrahim! self-sufficiency is a very important note. especially for me. for another person it might not be important they hire someone and they'll finish the task but in my case it's very important and thank you for mentioning it.

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        keep shipping! good luck

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    Tag your ideas with two tags: « I face the problem » and « i dont face the problem »

    1. try to build projects that have « i face the problem » tag. 1 happy customers at least.

    2. Up today, i’ve never succeeded a project with ideas that have « i dont face the problem », maybe in this case, you have to build an audience.

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      Scratching your own itch is a good idea generation tool

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      1 happy customer is a good point :)

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        Is you btw if the idea has the « i face the problem » tag 😊

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    Don't think about ideas. Think about problems. But first, decide which user groups are worth solving problems. They need to be ready to buy and pay higher when you solve their problems.

    When you decide on your focus group. Observe and research users to get their problems. Find the pain and solve it.

    After that, realize that finding an idea is bullshit. The important thing is finding the right problem.

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      This is spot on. Customer problem first not idea first.

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      finding the pain point is very important. thank you for sharing that Baki!

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    It's the problems/solutions in the intersection of "I'm uniquely positioned to execute on it" AND "I will enjoy working on it" AND "it provides value to myself" AND "it provides value to others" AND "it has the potential to be financially sustainable". Currently only one of my ideas remain in this intersection, so that's what I'm working on!

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      thank you Martin! those are very good points.

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    Obviously there is a bunch load of ideas coming up every month.
    But as always execution is what matters! 👩‍💻
    🍒Cherry-picking has always been a tough choice, but I personally go like this:

    3️⃣ IMPORTANT TAKES:

    1. Desirability 🤤
      How wanted is this idea? Is there a group that desires this solution, and does it solve a
      problem

    2. Feasibility 🙆‍♂️
      How possible would you say this idea is to make a reality? Do we have the right skills,
      technology, or people?

    3. Viability 👨‍🔬
      How strong is this idea over time? Does it contain both an economical and sustainable
      model to maintain?

    That's why I decided to go with PriceWell.
    A tool to collect, manage and optimize subscription payments without coding in less than 20 mins of set-up!

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      Thank you very much spiros. those 3 points are very important! I also checked PriceWell. it's a very good project. thank you for sharing it

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      those 3 factors are really important. thank you Hammad for sharing that

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    It's harder to go that way, but try and work back from the 'idea' you had to the 'problem' it solves. Discard anything that doesn't solve a problem, then try to figure out which of the problems are real and something people would pay for.

    Best case, you'd start from the problem and work an idea out from there.

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      thank you.
      That's actually how I find most of my ideas. I see a problem and I think about ways that it can be solved then write that in my note book. then search for that problem if enough people had the same problem I'd consider it as something that can be worked on.

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        If all of your ideas have people sharing the problem and willing to pay money for it, you're sitting on a golden throne. Test them, make landing pages, talk to the people willing to pay. It'll get very clear which one has legs.

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    I break it down like this.

    What am I uniquely capable of doing better than most?
    Based on my life experiences skills and network.

    What problem am I deeply passionate to solve?
    Oftentimes I don't have a pre-existing problem, but I might discover one through my own personal frustration, or wonder why something is so difficult to do, or I say wouldn't it be cool if you could do x,y,z?

    Who is willing to pay for this?
    I should be able to succinctly describe the person who would want and pay for whatever I'm working on and have a good reason why.

    Who do I want to serve?
    This is actually important for me because I've been in a few businesses where I literally cant stand my customers. A business is about delivering a valuable product or service and you should genuinely enjoy delighting your customers. You're in service to them and you should deeply enjoy that service or you will end up losing steam, making mediocre products/services and your business will eventually suffer.

    How big can this be?
    We ultimately have financial and lifestyle goals, so I try to chose something that will fulfils the desires I have to live a certain way. this is different for everyone and bigger is not always better.

    The above is what i run through when thinking of new projects. I have a running list of ideas that pop into my head that I write down in a note book and let sit with me for a while as I think of the above. I find that if you take this approach you end up having way more ideas than one could possibly build in a lifetime hahaha.

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      very good points Collin. Thank you

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    I'd use the methods mentioned by others to pick the top 3 and test them out with potential early adopters. Then work on the most promising. No point in working on something that people don't want, even if it makes you feel great... Unless you don't need money. Good luck!

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      That's so true Matt. there are some ideas in my notebook that I love and I'm sure if I spent 10 hours a day working on them I won't get tired at all and yet I'm sure no one will pay a dime for them.

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    It reminds me as well. I had a similar situation in the past. Then I came to know about a framework called ICE. This expands for Impact, Confidence, and Ease. You can provide ratings for all of your ideas against these. Finally, you can identify the score by multiplying all of them.

    ICE Score = Impact x Confidence x Ease

    Pick the idea from your list which scored high on the table. This is more of a data-oriented approach and you can sideline your emotional aspect to decide.

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      thank you for sharing that. it's asking some important questions like:

      • Impact: Will this new feature positively impact the user and if so, by what degree?
      • Confidence: how confident are you that this feature or initiative will be well received? How risky is it to invest time and resources into this initiative?
      • Impact: how much this feature will impact the team's workload and workflow. How easy will it be to develop, test and launch this feature?
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        Hi @AmirKamizi
        This depends on your OKR metric or your growth metric for your product. If you are targeting to improve your acquisition KPIs, then you should measure based on your acquisition. Whether this will help to drive new acquisition or not. If you are trying to improve your retention metric, then you should think about whether this will help to engage the user better to retain them.

        Recently I learned on growth model from Reforge and this is my learning which I will apply for my future product growth. You can reach out to me if you need any help on this.

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          will definitely do. thank you very much for your explanation and sharing your experience. It means a lot to me

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    Short answer: doing lots and lots of market research, and asking the question: "Am I a painkiller or a vitamin?"

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    What would I do? I would choose one where I can easily access my target audience. So I can prove that they need the solutions I plan to develop. Look at them from that point of view.

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    Some thought provoking questions

    1. What's the market size?
    2. What's the market demand?
    3. Is it sustainable market?
    4. Is it profitable market?
    5. Are customers already paying for it?
    6. Can I do it? ( with available investments - Time, money, manpower, technology, infra etc)
    7. Do I have Marketing channel to reach customers in cost effective way?
    8. Is my product sufficiently differentiated from competitors?
    9. Is my product provide greater value/ROI than competition?
    10. How fast competition can copy my product/features?
    11. Can I take this calculated risk considering above pts?
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      that's a very good list of questions and thank you very much for sharing it. actually the first 4 questions are the ones that are really important but I have no idea how to check for them. are there any resources you can recommend to help me with that?

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        All questions are equally importannt. They are in series. If you fail to answer one question correctly, entire business may collapse.

        Market size = ~ revenue/no of paying customers of top 10 competitors

        Market demand = Rate of growth of top 10 competitors

        Sustainability - How long the compactors are surviving? How the overall industry is growing

        Profitability - Competitors' revenue/profit/growth rate etc

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          Thank you very much for your explanation. it made it very clear for me.

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    Work on the biggest and the urgent problem for your target audience. By that way, they won't mind trying out your solution and pay too.

    Got this idea from Alex Lieberman's podcast: https://overcast.fm/+aGoBEB-HQ

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      thank you for sharing that Joseph! his analogy of vitamin vs painkiller is very good. most of my ideas are vitamins. a few of them are painkillers and I should think if they are weak painkillers or strong ones. it was very helpful

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    Somewhat of a different answer--you can try tapping into your intuition:

    Imagine your ideal future self. Where is that person? How do they dress? What are they talking about? Who are they connecting with?

    And then take a look at your ideas. Which idea will move you closer to this ideal future self?

    I learned this from my career coach + i used this to pick the idea I wanted to work on. Yes you can look at it analytically in terms of market opportunity, but at this stage a lot of that might be unknown. Intuition is another tool you could tap into.

    She has an audio course if you're interested https://www.winging-it.net/purchase/p/winging-it-audio-course (you can use my code BAGELS25 for discount)

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      that's also a good approach. it can help visualize the self and the business. thanks for sharing that

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    I have a list of 20 or so ideas. Whenever I’m looking for something to work on, I go down the list and ponder what an MVP would look like, regardless of how long it would take me to get there.

    Once I’ve had some dedicated thinking-time, I then gauge how I feel about each idea. Which one gets me the most excited? Which do I think has the most potential?

    Once I’ve figured that out, I kind of just go with it. I use the technologies I know the most while incorporating one I don’t (if applicable).

    For me it kind of comes down to just picking one and running with it. I’ve seen too many ideas popping up on the internet to wait a while before just getting started.

    That’s just my approach.

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      that's a very good approach Tyrel! and waiting too long is exactly what I'm trying to avoid

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    The one that excites me the most while also considering the how much I would like talking to potential customers. Having those two things can go a long way.

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      agreed David! those two can be really important in the long run

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    I personally just like to scratch my own itch and then share the solution with the world 🙌

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      that's a good way to look at it

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    How to choose your startup idea?

    1. Something I need
    2. Something I am interested in.
    3. Something others want.
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      This helped me a bunch. It's confirming my bias which may not be a good thing but I'll take it 😁

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      very short and helpful. thank you for sharing that!

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    There is always the case for thinking about niches and micro-niches and finding a SaaS in that but for me, I try to find things I want to use. A few months ago I was grinding Leetcode and thought won't be great to have someone to practice with and I created CodePartner which now has a community of over 10000 people including the discord channel eventually it helped me to formulate my current idea Zabble.me.

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      that's amazing. I agree with that and your case is a great example. thank you for sharing that

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    Guys, have you ever heard about successful SaaS presale? Isn't it the way to check exactly if a lot of people will be willing to buy your idea? I'm not saying that this is the real way not to gain a feedback but to check if someone will really pull out their credit card. Let me know if you've tried it, please!

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      that's a good point Lena. but based one what I understand from talking to different founders I think that only works if you have a great foundation on other area. like if you have 50k twitter followers or something like that. what do you think?

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        I'm a great fan of this article: https://www.simple.ink/blog/how-to-presell-saas, I even contacted it's author to thank him, since it's really a compendium of presale knowledge (not groundbreaking but definitely ordering). I also don't believe that this could be done in a great scale, but surely is a real validation of the idea. Even if it'll end up with a fiasco, the feedback about if they'd pay or not is always more useful than if they like it or not :)

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          thank you very much for sharing that. it was a very interesting read. you were right to thank the author. he has written an amazing article :)

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          And since I'm getting ready to presale my own platform, I'm trying to get as much feedback about successful presale communication as I could. If you have any thoughts, let me invite you to comment my thread here: https://www.indiehackers.com/post/saas-presale-opportunity-or-scam-791358f86c :)

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            honestly, I've never thought about the presale before you mention it. so I don't have any ideas. but I definitely like to see what people say

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    I read recently a book on Amazon's culture.
    They started from the customer experience, which problem is solved, time, costs even prepare the press release.
    Iterate on all this and then go backwards on all the steps leading on this experience

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      that's actually a great point. whenever I think about time and cost I think about the time I'm going to spent and the money I'm going to spent. but if I think about the time and money that is going to cost the user and how much value is it going to bring for them, it could be a good analysis and might help me put some of the ideas aside and focus on the others. thank you for sharing that. by the way, what was the name of that book?

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        Book is this one: https://www.amazon.it/Working-Backwards-Insights-Stories-Secrets/dp/1529033837

        I read one time an huge provocation. What if every action you made in your company can be tracked and measured on impact for the users? Do you will be able to track this ?

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          thank you very much for sharing the book. yes if it was possible to measure and track everything that impact the users, that would be amazing

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    I use a spreadsheet modelled on this approach:
    https://medium.com/the-mission/how-to-prioritize-like-a-billionaire-a046c790389b

    I have added a JOY column to try and quantify how much I would enjoy the project.

    Then each other metric is weighted accordingly, i.e ROI, time, money needed, etc.

    <img src="https://miro.medium.com/max/4800/0*F2gcWbnoXSF3B8Ta.png" alt="Prioritize">

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      thank you for sharing it. it was a very good read. I got the sheet as well. I'm gonna add some columns to it but in total it's very helpful

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    I do the same thing, I have written down so many ideas of the years.
    I like having lots of projects in the works. What works for me is doing them in stages. I choose an idea that takes the cake over the others. Sometimes it is because of the tech stack, some times on features, sometimes it is just an awesome name.

    Then I try to give myself a deadline to get an MVP, I don't always meet them. But hey, we are all human.

    For example, right now I am working on boomerang.link. It's a bookmark manager and bookmark reminder tool. My original goal was to build the MVP in 2 weeks. Basically just a CRUD app that can also send emails, but life took over and it has been nearly two months. I did not get to work on it as much as I wanted. Plan to launch the MVP in the next 2 weeks.

    Once this MVP is live, I am already gearing up for the next project to move onto. Working like this helps keep me motivated and interested. If I get bored or stuck on one project, I can switch to another that is in the pipeline.

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      @emils shared an interview and Ben from that interview mentioned that he'd choose projects that needs little ongoing maintenance. you also mentioned that once the MVP is live you'd get ready for the next project. when you want to choose and idea would ongoing maintenance affect your decision?
      I mean since you also have a lot of Idea you'd skip the ones that would need a lot of ongoing maintenance?

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        Maybe. I personally don't choose the products based on the amount of on going maintenance they may need. After thinking about your question, it does seem like the ones I work on don't require lots on on going maintenance once launched.

        But that is likely because they are on the smaller scale of features. The other thing to consider is the tech Stack. When I create my projects, most of them use very similar tech stacks. This can also help keep the maintenance levels down. Only needing to maintain one stack helps. When I learn something that is better or easier from one project, I can easily roll that into a different project with the similar tech Stack

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          thank you for the explanation Nick! I totally agree with the tech stack. on multiple project it's much easier to add features if they have the same tech stack. fortunately, I'm alright in that area, what scares me the most and I'm sure I'm going to do a lot of reading for, is parts like marketing and sales :)
          one step at a time. all my focus is right now to just start with the right idea. this is my very first project and I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot of things and I'm going to deal with a lot of unexpected issues and I welcome it :)

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    How about working on one of the ideas that solves a problem you face? By working on this you can solve your own problem and also easily find other who are in your shoes.
    :)

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      that's a good point. it's like I'm also helping myself. most of my ideas are kind of my own problems as well. I go through something and I think about how it could get better and what was the issues that was not solved. but when time passes some of them are not as important as my own current problems. so I think it would be a good idea to consider the idea that would solve a problem that I face now. thank you :)

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    Put simply, I work on the ideas that won't let me escape them; the ones that take me prisoner and won't let me go until I've given then some form. But I work a bit different...

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      oh yes I've also read about it. the ideas that won't let you go unless you spend time with them. that's a good point

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      @AmirKamizi I think you should listen to this episode of the REWORK podcast, it might help, as they talk about the dilemma of deciding what to work on.

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        thank you for sharing the Podcast. I'll definitely listen to it

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    For anyone who struggles to figure out on what idea to work on: find your (potential) target audience community, and see what they think about the problem you try to solve and research what others there tried to do with the issue.

    To find and pre-validate my ideas, I've created this Reddit research tool.

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      that's an interesting project. thank you for sharing it Sergiy!

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    i Second guess myself everytime i hit a roadblock in my currently selected project, then switch to a new one or him and haw over which to select. I've been trying to launch a useful version of Eurotripr.com for over 6 months now and still get sidetracked with all my other 'great ideas' :/

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    If it excites me I work on it, irrespective of it'll make me money or not. My goal is mostly to learn and uncover new stuff :)

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    I've got around 200 ideas, some of which are already fleshed out into proper business models. They're all floating around in my giant Trello board.

    I was actually thinking of building a prioritization framework for indie hackers like us.

    This would entail:

    • a value system based on which we could rank each of our ideas (executability, proof of product-market-fit, etc. etc.)
    • a roadmap plan (e.g. 1. landing page, 2. build MVP to verify technical feasability, 3. find clients who are willing to test the app in exchange for ..., 4. closed beta test, ...)

    etc.

    I think you get the idea. Do you think something like this could help you out? There's also already frameworks out there such as the Lean Business Canvas that you can look up.

    Personally I have to yet succeed with sticking to no more than 1-3 ideas at a time.

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      I am personally searching around and I see that in each step of the way there are so many different resources that can easily go from helpful to confusing. I was also thinking about documenting what I'm going through so later I could share it with others. maybe it could help someone.
      I love that idea. and I think it's really helpful so if you wanted to start that project I'd like to help ;)

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    I recently interviewed Ben from Tiny Projects. He was in a similar situation as you - having had a notebook full of ideas. He then started executing 18 months ago and has now built out 7 of these projects.

    In his opinion, each idea should have:

    • Some novelness about it;
    • Should be deeply passionate about seeing it through;
    • Little ongoing maintenance to try out lots of ideas.
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      very interesting interview. deep inside I'm kind of like Ben. I want to experience many things. but most of the times in some markets it's better to be focused. since it's my first project I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot of things. but I want to focus on it like it's the only choice I have. do everything that the project deserves and if it didn't work go to the next one.
      he mentioned that he would post on reddit for example and if it didn't grab users it would give up and go to the next project. that part I didn't agree with. but in total the interview was very interesting. thank you for sharing it Emils

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    I learnt the way Michael Siebel taught.
    He says "don't keep a product idea list, keep a problem list". I have been using notion to store it and have been rearranging it once per quarter.

    Right now I am starting https://jupitrr.com with my cofounders to solve my problem on content creation - too long production time for video making, which blocks me from creating content on IG and YT. This problem is at the top of my list.

    Notes: we launched on PH five days ago and got 1000+ registration and 1 free YouTuber promotion. We are so excited~ 😆

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      oh that's really good. congratulations. I'm still in the starting point but when I create the MVP I will definitely think about PH as well. by the way, do you have any advice on how to go through the process with PH? after choosing the idea it would be my first product and I don't have any idea how and when to launch it on PH.

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        Thank you @AmirKamizi :D
        I think it depends on what your target audiences are. If your product is B2B legal tech, maybe PH is not that relevant. Funny enough, we thought PH was not that relevant for Jupitrr.com too but at the end of the day, people will reshare to their community and we got word of mouth effect.

        Don't be afraid to launch at PH, there's no product that are always ready (I don't think Facebook team would say their products are ready). I think as long as it is 90% bug free, you are ready to launch.

        To get to top ten of the day:

        • make sure you have at least 30+ friends to help you upvote and comment
        • in the first ten hours of the launch, make sure you reply all the comments and keep engaging.
        • This is important: one month before launch, engage in the community of PH like how I do for IH now haha, it is quite easy to get followers. There are also Facebook groups who exchange upvotes (be careful of black hat tho). My cofounder Tsz Hoi did a great job here and he got like 50+ PH followers in one week.

        For more you can take a look here too (sorry for a PH link: https://www.producthunt.com/discussions/our-final-launch-checklist-we-didn-t-do-all-the-things)

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          thank you very much for your explanation and help Jerome!

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