Not sure if same applies for bootstrapped SaaS efforts - the “valley of death” and scaling is not something one would like to worry about.
Yeah, this doesn’t seem very applicable.
You will almost die somewhere between $2m-$10m ARR because there is too much to do and not enough people to do it.
I won’t, because I won’t ever hit $2m ARR. I’m quite happy to have just hit $100k ARR.
It takes 7–10 Years in SaaS to Get Anywhere.
I’m fully supported by my SaaS business and it’s totally changed my life. That took less than 1 year.
You have to love, or at least commit to, recruiting constantly.
Literally never hired anyone. Might hire a person or two in the next year or so.
It actually never gets easier.
The hard part was doing the programming without knowing if it would make any money, and finding a good enough product market fit. Once you’ve found that, you’ll still have problems, but you’ve solved the big one. As long as there’s no catastrophe, my business will continue to pay my bills for a good long time.
Same thoughts here. Although I don’t run a bootstrapped SaaS but an agency, still, the experience is no different.
I had the same thoughts while reading the article (and some of the linked ones as well) — while I do agree with the 24-month timescale to get anywhere meaningful, I think a lot of the advice and caveats do not apply to self-funded businesses, especially those started on a really small scale (single founder).