My entrepreneurship story
I am a founder based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I make a living from a mix of social media ghost writing and newsletter than run adverts. I now also offer LinkedIn and Twitter writing mentoring.
I have skills across a wide range of areas including social media, sales, writing, coding, SEO, teaching and producing video and audio content.
- Twitter ghost writing - social media for founders and brands
- Twitter and Linkedin mentoring - weekly calls with founders
- High Signal - a newsletter for founders
- No CS Degree - a newsletter about learning to code without a CS degree
- Grow and Monetize Your Newsletter - a bundle of two video courses about making growing and making money from email lists
My history as an entrepreneur
I've been bootstrapping full-time since July 2019 when I quit a lousy job to make No CS Degree, a website where I interview self-taught and bootcamp developers.
In October 2020 I launched a few info products like my Monetize Your Newsletter course. It's a 90 minute video course where I explain how you can make money with a newsletter without any sales experience. I also made a product called Meet Your Heroes where I interviewed some of my favourite entrepreneurs. Unfortunately though, there wasn't enough demand for this so I stopped the project.
In June 2021 I started a podcast and YouTube channel for No CS Degree. This has been a great way to get to know people better and improve my network. They are both a lot more hard work than blogging though.
In July 2021 I showed off two new projects, High Signal and Remote Companies. I changed my views over time and decided to make products in spaces where there is already competition as this means the market demand is already verified and I don't have to work out if people will pay for this type of product or not.
High Signal is a community for entrepreneurs who have proved their revenue. I think there is a good gap in the market as lots of free communities are too spammy and lots of paid communities are too big to have meaningful relationships with other people, which is what I am after. It now costs $39/m to join and we have lots of amazing members like Amar Ghose, Lachlan Lirkwood and Andrew Kampey.
I finally got Remote Companies online in July 2021 as well after having tinkering on it for 7 long months. I eventually decided to make it in Webflow as this was the simplest solution and it means I don't have to deal with deploying a website etc.
I sold Remote Companies in March 2022.
In March 2022 I started working as a Twitter ghost writer - I write tweets and threads for founders and companies, as well as engaging with other accounts of their behalf. I also provide strategic advice on getting more followers and a better experience from Twitter. I started to increase that side of my work in July 2022.
I renamed my founder community to Indie Friends before shutting it to new members in May.
In July I hit $10,000 monthly revenue for the first time.
I added interviews to High Signal and continued doing Twitter ghost writing for founders. I've also been inteviewing more founders on YouTube.
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Software I use
This list contains affiliate links
- Ghost - what this website and No CS Degree are built with
- Carrd - awesome for one-page sites
- Webflow - no-code website builder for High Signal
- Transistor - podcast hosting
- Rode USB Mini microphone - podcasting
- Descript - podcast/YouTube editing
- ConvertKit - email newsletters
- Simple Analytics - great privacy analytics option
- Typefully - scheduler for Twitter
I am an avid runner and I love doing 5ks and 10ks. My pb for the 5k is 20:32.
In 2020 I hit my goal of swimming 1,000 metres.
In 2021 I hit my goal of cycling 100km goal.
In 2022 I missed my goal of benching 100kg. (I got to 85kg)
In 2023 I didn't set any goals.
Some of my writing about digital nomad trips:
Bansko 2018 - living in a tiny Bulgarian town
Berlin 2019/20 - housesitting for 3 weeks for $80
Lisbon 2022 - meeting London founders
Las Palmas 2022 - beach life