I’m obviously skirting a bit close to the Gmail spam triggers with that title.

We’re looking at tactics, stories and experience about working on your thing while doing something else for the roof over your head.

Ways to bootstrap a startup: on the side

Buffer have gone on to raise money and plow the VC-funded route (although with some fascinating openness on their blog).

Here’s a post from @joelgascoigne in 2011 as he worked on Buffer as a side project.

Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not A Badge Of Honour

Something to bear in mind, from @jeff_archibald, when you are attempting to launch something on the side if the hours you can end up working.

Be careful to steer clear of the “I’m working so hard” humblebrag. It’s not healthy, it’s a problem.

Where do you find the time for side projects

The prolific @mijustin has four children. Let that sink in for a minute.

Here he shares his tactics for getting stuff done off the side of his desk, heads up… it’s not “watches Game of Thrones”.

Failure to Think Like An Investor

A great read from @amyhoy about the problems with not thinking like an investor in terms of your own time.

On Not Hiring

@yegg is the founder of DuckDuckGo, a search engine taking on google.

This article is from 2011, but describes how far he was able to get without hiring anyone. He got help sure, but didn’t hire. Food for thought, particularly as bootstrappers.



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