A Micropreneur Blueprint: How to Stay Solo, Bleed Passion, and Build Products that Matter

The internet has created an unprecedented opportunity for solo technologists known as micropreneurs to conceptualize, create, and launch products that make a difference.

It wasn’t until the past decade that a designer or developer could leave the safety of a salaried position in pursuit of a career as a solo entrepreneur. At this moment in time, you can do something never before imagined: launch a software product completely on your own from anywhere in the world…with no employees and no outside funding.

That’s an excerpt from a manifesto I have in the works called A Micropreneur Blueprint: How to Stay Solo, Bleed Passion, and Build Products that Matter. But I need your help to get it published.

If you want to read the manifesto and don’t want to bother with the rest of this post, simply go here and click “Yes, please write this manifesto.” You don’t even need to register.

Background
The idea for ChangeThis came from Seth Godin, and the site was built by a group of talented developers in 2004. From their FAQ:

ChangeThis is a new kind of media. It’s calm and thoughtful and direct and transparent. And unlike almost every other form of media, it reaches people through community. If an idea is a good one, it’ll spread, because people like you will send it to their friends. Unlike a broadcaster, we’re not using FCC frequencies to send our ideas to people who don’t want to hear them.

Each month a set of manifestos are submitted, vetted by the editorial staff, then voted on by the community. The top 6 are given the green light.

At this point my proposal has been vetted by the editors, and the community vote is on. According to the ChangeThis rules, it’s perfectly acceptable to encourage people to vote for your manifesto.

So there you have it. If you like the idea of reading a manifesto called A Micropreneur Blueprint: How to Stay Solo, Bleed Passion, and Build Products that Matter go here and click “Yes, please write this manifesto.”

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3 comments ↓

#1 Amber Shah on 07.13.10 at 1:11 pm

Voted for it.

#2 Andy Brice on 07.14.10 at 1:01 pm

>It wasn’t until the past decade that a designer or developer could leave the safety of a salaried position in pursuit of a career as a solo entrepreneur.

I think a few shareware authors might take exception to that. ;0)

#3 Rob on 07.14.10 at 7:36 pm

I thought someone might bring this up :-)

Yes, there were definitely a few outliers making a living from shareware in the 80s/90s, but it was quite rare. From what I’ve seen, your changes of doing this successfully went up many times right around the turn of the century.

So while I could have said “past 2 decades,” the odds before 10 years ago were so low, with so few people actually supporting themselves from their own apps…that I am considering it near zero. But you are correct – there are a handful of outliers who could beg to differ on this point.