Starting over 40 side-projects in 10 years - Helen Ryles

Helen Ryles knows what it takes to start and sell side-projects. Having started her entrepreneurial journey over 10 years ago, she has launched over 40 side projects in that time, selling a few of them along the way. Now leading the community at Makerpad,


Helen Ryles is a prolific indie hacker, having launched over 40 projects in the last 10 years, selling a few of them along the way. Helen is a proponent of the no code movement, advocating for the tools that allow non-technical folks, like me, create amazing projects. To tie in with this, she also runs the community at Makerpad, the no-code education and community platform.

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Here's what we covered in this episode

On side projects
  • How did you start indie hacking?
  • What are you currently working on?
  • Where do you come up with ideas?
  • How do you define a side-project?
  • Having launched so many, what is your process for getting an idea up and running, validated and then deciding how long you run with it before it gets sold / canned?
  • You wrote a great thread on selling side projects. How do you know when it's time to sell?
  • How do you sell a side project?!
On no-code
  • You joined Makerpad last month to help run their community. Tell me a little bit more about what Makerpad is and what your role will be there.
  • What is no-code and why do you think it's important?
  • What are some of the most exciting things you've seen people do with no-code?
  • What are the non-obvious benefits of no-code?
  • What are the best no-code tools?
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