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When Maker Mag launched in December last year, we made the conscious decision to be a community-first publication that pushed to the forefront the stories of indie makers all around the world.

From launching to #1 on Product Hunt and making friends online to managing anxiety, Maker Mag is becoming an important repository about this lifestyle, providing in-depth perspectives on what it really means to be an indie maker.

This week our writers have gathered data and written articles on everything from reading useful books and making money to managing their mental health, helping us better understand the mindset and work habits of makers.

“Indie makers are a diverse bunch. This umbrella name is used by solo entrepreneurs, bootstrappers, full-time employees with a couple of side projects, students running an indie startup or an online store, and more. But how do they actually make money? How many of them can actually live off the revenue their products are generating?”

When your personal data has become the price you pay to use many online tools, it raises questions about how we can develop more ethical business models that protect privacy, and generate revenue.

“Users are increasingly interested in using privacy-first products, even if it means paying a small subscription fee. And indie makers are listening. This is why advertising products that are respectful of users and their data, as well as designed to work with smaller websites, are starting to emerge.”

“We’ve got a lineup of fantastic books for makers, with a tonne of other recommendations including both fiction and non-fiction, TV and film. Plus, book clubs, the importance of reading, and how to make the most of what you learn.”

“Starting and working on a project or company is a very stressful event, and often times causes you to prioritize your work over your life in order to maximize your chances for success. Although dedication to your work is a great characteristic, if you do not spend time relaxing and reflecting over your work, then stress can compile which causes you to adopt bad routines.”

Happy reading! ?

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