It can feel lonely to be an indie maker. Lots of solo entrepreneurs are working remotely and many can’t afford to join a spot in a co-working space, often choosing to work from home instead. The best ideas and opportunities can stem from serendipitous conversations, and as such it’s important for any entrepreneur to connect with fellow venture builders for inspiration and motivation. But how do you go about it when your work space basically lives inside your computer?
Slack and Telegram communities
There are many Slack communities for indie makers. Maker’s Kitchen is probably the biggest of them all. There, people discuss the process of building, launching, and growing their product in a transparent way, asking for feedback and advice along the way. The community as more than 1,500 members at the time of writing, so you’re sure to find someone to connect with.
Other makers favour Telegram. One such big community is ShipStreams, which will allow you to discuss your projects but also to live stream while you work on them. It currently has exactly 500 members.
If you want to explore more theme-specific online communities, Fabio Rosado has put together a nifty website that allows you to explore communities across topics such as travel, coding, design, and more. The website covers most platforms, including Slack and Telegram but also Discord and Facebook.
Most makers are very active on Twitter. It’s a great platform for semi-asynchronous conversations. Discuss the latest makers news with followers of Maker Mag, Makers Up and Maker Updates, share the latest memes from Maker Memes, and follow Product Hunt for the latest product launches.
You can also follow the hashtag #TogetherWeMake to interact with fellow makers who are building their products in public.
A great way to network is actually to build in public. There are now several platforms you can use to both log your tasks and discuss your progress with other indie makers. These include Product Hunt Makers, Makerlog, and WIP.
And spending most of your time online doesn’t mean you can’t explore face-to-face opportunities too. For example, Charlie Ward created Indie Beers in London, a monthly meetup for indie makers to connect in a more casual way. If you can’t find a meetup around you, why not start your own?