Top Free Indie Maker Communities
If you are a full-time or part-time Indie Maker and want to make enough money from your side projects to pay the bills it is crucial for you to surround yourself with like-minded people.
Fortunately, there are many free and paid communities where you can find the support and motivation you need to pursue a successful indie career.
Free communities are a great way to find other botostrappers and follow their journey. Get inspired by their projects and learn more about the industry lingo, and the typical indie challenges.
Here are the top free communities for Indie Hackers:
Twitter has a very kind and active indie community. There you will find thousands of bootstrappers from all backgrounds and in different phases of their journey.
You will be able to learn from more experienced creators like Pieter Levels or Ana Bibikova or be-friend makers that are just starting their journey like Luise or Aidas.
You can start your journey on twitter by exploring the most used indie hashtags like: #buildinpublic or #100DaysOfCode. And once you are ready you can start to grow your audience and find your first followers.
2- Indie Hackers
Indie Hackers is a forum-like website for indie makers. Maker’s from all over the world use this website to share the victories, frustrations and lessons that they have gathered along their boostrapping journey.
The core of IH website are definitely the posts but there you can also find out about indie meetups happening around you and discover new creators and their products.
If you are building products for indie makers then IH can be a great way for you to drive traffic to your website (learn how in this post.).
3- Product Hunt
Product Hunt is mostly known as a platform to launch your web products, however, many bootstrappers use its discussions feature to initiate interesting conversations, get some extra support and meet other makers.
Reddit can be a great way to bring traffic to your website and to meet amazing creators. However, they are also known for their toxic vibe and you will most likely encounter many haters in the comments. If you can look pass over some negativity I recommend you look into the following sub-reddits:
There are many benefits of being a member of free indie communities, however, there are also a few cons.
You will find a lot of self-promotion, and negativity and you need to comply with the platform’s algorithm. The latter is probably the biggest con because that often mean that you need to produce content very regularly and failing to do so might mean having a significant cut on your reach.
By joining a paid community, like the WBE Space, you don’t have to worry about the algorithm and the negativity. The community manager will assure that there is a great vibe around and will promote interesting events and activities that will help you connect with the other members and increase your chances of success.
Do you want to meet other indie hackers?
Come share your journey with bootstrappers working on their web projects