Marc Köhlbrugge

@marc

Maker of WIP amongst other things.
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Got any feedback, bug reports, or suggestions for WIP?
Maker of WIP amongst other things.

Yes, I definitely want to add search. Just haven't gotten around to it yet. But as the community matures, it does indeed become a more valuable feature.

What kind of general posts would you want to post? You can do it already by the way if you want. But indeed they are still framed as questions and answers in most places, whereas they could just be general discussions.

What should I price my product at for launch day?
Maker of WIP amongst other things.

Here's my rough process for figuring out pricing early on:

  1. Research what people are currently paying to solve the problem. This could be a competing product, labour hours times hourly rate in case my product automates manual work, etc.
  2. Price it a bit below that. How much depends on your situation, but the goal here is not to optimize for the most revenue, but rather get as much information as you can. A lower price means you'll get more customers and thus feedback (although if the price is too low you might get feedback from the wrong customers).
  3. Increase the price over time and roughly keep track what it does to your conversion rate. Stop increasing until you've found the sweet spot.

In your case TailwindUI is a competitive product priced at $150-$250. They have a stellar reputation though being the makers of TailwindCSS. Pricing below them which you're doing now is probably a good idea.

On the other hand though, if you count the development hours saved times the average hourly rate, then you can argue for much higher prices. But yeah TailwindUI kinda anchors people to a lower price point.

Personally I'd try and differentiate yourself more from TailwindUI (or if you already do, communicate that better) and focus on a high-value niche such as e-commerce or enterprise. If you go niche you no longer compete with TailwindUI plus if you focus on the right niche you might be able to charge significantly more.

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First, thank you very much for your post.

Hmm, I can definitely focus my product on a Niche.

I created Mistral CSS because as a Maker/Dev I always spend way too much time creating every component for my products, and I always create the same types of components (Cards, Contact form, Gallery, etc... ) So, I've built this tool to make my life a little bit easier and to kickstart all my future products.

I should definitely re-focus my communication on the makers and bootstrappers niche:

"For the Makers,
By a Maker."

Again, thank you @marc

When can you add the "As seen in" badges?
Maker of WIP amongst other things.

It depends on the situation.

You mentioned "as seen in". In the case of the media writing about your product, it's generally fine to add their logo and link back to the article, etc. They will expect that to happen and I have never heard of anyone objecting to it.

As for showing customers' logos, I'd lean towards asking them for permission. You wouldn't want to risk damaging a relationship. If they are okay with it you might even get a testimonial out of it too. If they aren't okay with it, it's better you find out now and avoid any issues.

Where it gets a bit more tricky is when you've got some employees of a big company like Apple or Google using your product, but without the company itself being an actual customer. I've seen plenty of startups state "used by people at Apple" and I'm pretty sure they haven't asked Apple for permission, nor would they ever get it.

I think those situations are a bit of a gray area. Those startups might be telling the truth, but there's no real affiliation with Apple which in a way they are suggesting. So in these cases I think it really depends on the context, how you present the logos, etc.

Will ship code for coffee

Yeap agreed. A while ago a company used some feedback I sent them privately over email, as a testimonial on their website, with my name and profile picture. 🤦🏼‍♂️

I asked them to remove it.

Looking for Feedback for my tip based Q&A platform
Maker of WIP amongst other things.

I like the idea of focussing on a niche. This would make it easier to build a great product (because you don't have to be everything for everyone), and it will be much clearer who your target audience is. That will make a lot of things much easier like market research, marketing, copywriting, branding, etc.

@yucheng You can always expand to a wider audience once you've got some success. But it's probably easier to start deep and narrow and expand, than start broad and grow from there.

The crux will be finding a market where the model works. I'd lean toward professionals of some kind. People for who this expertise would be worth a lot of money. It's easier to create a sustainable business this way.

Looking for Feedback for my tip based Q&A platform
Maker of WIP amongst other things.

Value proposition is clear. Anyone with a big enough following can host a Q&A section where they get paid to answer questions.

I would not use the app as a host. If I'm going to host a Q&A, I'd rather do it somewhere where my followers already are such as Twitter rather than having to try and direct them to a new channel. I prefer my answers to be at a place where as many people as possible can see them (again, Twitter is a good example). I'm not interested in making a few cents off my followers. I'd rather do a free Q&A, grow my network/influence, and monetize later on by selling products etc with high higher margins.

I might use the platform if you could get some amazing people on there which I couldn't reach otherwise. For example, if I could ask Tim Cook and get an answer I'd pay for that. But I can't imagine anyone like that doing a Q&A for the money.

I don't believe in this model, but I might be wrong! So take my feedback with a grain of salt. I would focus on trying to prove/disprove the model. Everything else is secondary.

Here's how I would try to prove/disprove the model: find a handful of people that are open to doing a Q&A like this and for which you think you can reach a decent sized audience willing to pay to participate. Figure out the simplest product to test it out with them.

In other words you don't need a sign up flow for Q&A hosts, etc. You could even hardcode separate pages for each. For tipping/payments, come up with something that you can execute as quickly as possible. Maybe that means not tipping per answer, but just a flat fee for access. Use Disqus for Q&A. Etc. Simplify things a lot so you can prove/disprove the model as quickly as possible. Get real user feedback as quickly as possible. Iterate based on that.

Learning how to build effective businesses.

Thanks for taking your time to write this detailed feedback! Will look to do some user testing to test out the model!

Anyone have a simple Data Processing Agreement template I could use?
Maker of WIP amongst other things.

Yes it was for GDPR. It's for a platform where my customer is asking their customers to sign up. That's why they are legally required to get such an agreement. This is different from a regular privacy policy that only applies to me and my own customers.

Currently working on plantmyforest.com

Then in this case, I don't know. but on the official website of the GDPR, there is this: gdpr.eu/data-processing-agree…

What would you like to know about new WIP members?
Maker of WIP amongst other things.

100% – We've discussed the idea of accountability buddies before and there was definitely some interest. I haven't gotten around to facilitating this, but I'm hoping having a place for new members to introduce themselves will be a good first step.

What advice could you give yourself in the beginning of your maker path?
Maker of WIP amongst other things.

Ship now. Ask questions later.

Seriously. The biggest mistake people make is not to ship. Shipping gives you confidence. Shipping gives you real-world data. Shipping tells you whether people care about what you're making. Ship it.

Taxes around the globe
Maker of WIP amongst other things.

I'm not an accountant, so take this with a grain of salt but I believe most small, European companies only charge VAT to local customers and those within the EU.

Anyone outside (U.S., etc) doesn't get charged. You either don't need to charge VAT or report taxes until you hit a certain revenue threshold, or these local tax authorities don't care until you do.

If you want to be on the safe side it's worth investigating further of course, but I believe that's how most small companies deal with it in practice.

Taxes around the globe
Maker of WIP amongst other things.

+1 for Quaderno, I used it for a few years and it did help simplify tax reports a bit. There's still a lot you have to do yourself though, but it's probably also the most flexible solution as you get to keep using Stripe.