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It is almost the end of the year. Some makers are gift shoppings, others are travelling back to their hometown, and yet others are already planning for next year. The utility of new year resolutions has always been debated, but it never hurts to spend some time reflecting on what was achieved and what needs to be done.

Danielle Johnson, the co-founder of Leave Me Alone, has already started thinking about 2019. “I want to keep travelling as long as possible and explore some more of Europe. I would also like to keep making and build some products that give back to the community. For example, my partner James had an idea for a service which helps you donate a percentage of your profits to charity. I would also like to meet more fellow makers and nomads, and participate more in helping to diversify tech and raise more awareness for women in tech.”

What about money? “One year from now, I would like to have reached ramen profitability!” she says. “It would be awesome if the products and services James and I build are sought after enough that we can take on less freelance work, and focus on learning and making more interesting things.”

This is a feeling shared by many makers, who are hoping to increase their revenue from products and reduce their reliance on other sources of income, such as contract work or a full-time job.

The year of learning and growing

“Everything suggests that I will change my job this year,” explains Juraj Kostolanský, a maker and remote software engineer based in Slovakia. “There are two options. I could either continue to work full-time for someone else, or I could start a profitable project. Because I’m a maker, I would really like to explore that second option.”

Steph Smith, a maker and remote worker, has decided to level-up her skills in 2019. “I want to keep on shipping live consistently, learn more JavaScript, and even some basic illustration so I am able to make logos and other useful things. I also want to read 24 more books.” Alex Ryan, a designer, entrepreneur, and maker, has similar plans. “In 2019, I want to make more music, learn how to make art using GANs, and I also plan to create and sell a design education toolkit.”

“In 2019, I want to grow my newsletter to 5,000 subscribers and start monetising it,” says Noemi, the creator of Fresh Fonts. “I am also going to focus on growing my skills, by learning Python, buying a camera and learning photography, and of course learning more about typography.”

Toni Codina, founder of Noon Studios, has ambitious goals. “I want to set up my first business and launch a successful venture with monthly recurring revenue. My other goal is to improve my design skills and attempt getting a web design award.”

Some makers struggle to hide their excitement for the year to come. “I want to release the second version of my product. It will be a huge step forward. Hundreds of people are waiting for it. That is my number one goal!” says Alexander Isora, the founder of Unicorn Platform.

The year of mindful making

For some makers, 2019 will be all about achieving balance and creating a space for experimentation. For example, Marie, the founder of Women Make and co-founder of Threader, says that while her goal is to generate 10x more revenue with her indie products, she also wants a better work/life balance. Clo, the creator of Bloom, a soothing mobile game, says she wants to travel more. “Maybe full-time nomading. I also want to get remote gigs, in order to travel more. And most importantly, I want to keep on learning and experimenting.”

Shabrina Koeswologito, a maker based in New York, will work on self-love and gratitude. “I want to let go of self-judgment and shame about myself in 2019. I’m a perfectionist, so when I don’t get what I want within my ideal timeline, often I punish myself by thinking that I’m not worth it, or stupid. I want to embrace the idea that I’m enough and love myself more. Additionally, I want to show gratitude for who I am, what I have, and what I’m accomplishing right now.”

Melanie Massinger, the co-founder of Shipstreams, wants to bring this mindful approach into her work. “In 2019, I want to reflect on my work more openly to acknowledge my own wins and fails, be able to better articulate what I know and what I don’t know, be more mindful about what I’m working on, and get more insights and opinions from all the great people I was fortunate enough to meet in 2018.”

Happiness in life and in work, what else can we really ask for in 2019? One thing is for sure, next year will see more makers bonding together, building, growing, and generating revenue from their products. Our goal at Maker Mag is to be their voice, and to cover what matters to indie makers.

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