Has Opinions 13: How do you choose what to project to work on?

Today Chris and Daniel talk about the process of choosing which product idea to work on next.

When choosing an idea to work on for a side hustle what is the best way to choose an idea?

Daniel saw this tweet by Justin Sainton and responded with his answer:

Go with whichever sounds more fun and that you can get fast traction
on. Get something in front of people with money fast.

In the podcast Chris and Daniel talk about how they keep track of ideas, and how they choose the next idea that will get worked on.

Daniel just read Pieter Levels’ book Make that has a section describing how Pieter chooses ideas to work on.

Daniel started streaming on Twitch for #buildszn and found this OBS tutorial very helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2HzbY8E4yQ

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Has Opinions 7: Deep Work and Kid Free Trips

Today Chris and Daniel talk about kid free trips with our spouses and the book Deep Work.

Both of us had kid-free trips this past weekend. It’s hard to do, but so very needed.

We spent most of the episode discussing the book Deep Work by Cal Newport.

If you ascribe to “Deep Work” how do you choose what work to work deeply on if you’re a founder?
Example: Daniel could do deep work learning React, Vue.js or some other framework. Or I can hire someone to do tasks requiring that skill and instead do deep work learning how to identify and serve customers.

  • Daniel describes the book and how it’s split into two parts: The case for deep work, and how to do deep work.
  • Chris has found time-boxing super helpful to get tasks done.

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Has Opinions 5: Vacation is Productive, Tesla is your babysitter

Today Chris and Daniel give updates on their side businesses and share their opinions about what a terrible financial decision cars can be.

Chris shares updates about mysqlbackups.tv and talks about updating an RDS server in production 😱.

Daniel shares about doing that content dance for growdevelopment.com.

Chris shares about his new project of remodeling a bedroom closet into a recording studio. This is the byproduct of having an infant in the house who you don’t want to wake up. We also discuss if a sleeping baby can be left in a zero-emissions vehicle and when Tesla will make a robot babysitter 🤔.

The rest of the episode is spent discussing a quote from The Fizzle Show episode about “The Danger of Not Taking Time Off“:

I realized in the course of doing business long enough, you really do
learn, oh man, i am the problem in my business right now. I’m the
problem because I can’t think straight. I don’t know what to do next.
I don’t have the right mindset to get the projects that I’m doing over
the finish line.

Through trying to build a business to have the kind of lifestyle I
want, I don’t have the kind of lifestyle I want because I’m always
on.

Time off is important stuff indeed. We also talk about the concept of a “Founder’s Retreat” as described by Rob Walling.

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Has Opinions 4: Side Hustles & How Cars Affect Your Wealth

Today Chris and Daniel give updates on their side businesses and share their opinions about what a terrible financial decision cars can be.

Chris shares updates about mysqlbackups.tv.

Daniel shares some back story along with updates on shopplugins.com.

Cars are a necessity while living in a suburb like both hosts do. Cars can be a tool, or they can be a depreciating asset of doom. Daniel bought a used car this week and shares the thought process of that decision.

Daniel tells a cautionary tale about the cost of classic cars and says farewell to his beloved Vanagon.

We also discuss other thoughts like “Can using a Lyft be a viable alternative to a second car?”

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