Bootstrapped founder running 3 profitable businesses - Monica Lent, Affilimate

I speak with literal octopus Monica Lent about how she juggles a SaaS, community and travel blog that all make cold hard cash.

Monica Lent is a founder running 3 profitable indie businesses after leaving her full time job 2 years ago. She runs Affilimate, a SaaS product which allows you to manage and track affiliate commissions, the Blogging for Devs newsletter and paid community for developers looking to grow an audience and finally, Not a Nomad, a travel blog that accounted for almost 50% of Monica’s revenue last year, as she grew her portfolio of projects from $30k to over $100k.

What we covered in this episode:
  • How Monica splits time between her projects
  • Is it detrimental having split attention?
  • Delegating and outsourcing as an indie hacker
  • How content and SEO ties her projects together
  • Benefits of a VA
  • Starting a blog that makes thousands
  • Having a travel blog during covid
  • Starting a community for developers
  • How to start your own successful blog
  • The downsides of sharing revenue numbers
  • Is Monica having fun?
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Bootstrapped founder running 3 profitable businesses - Monica Lent, Affilimate
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