I’m writing this when we’re still in the middle of the pandemic and vaccination is just started.
The last one year was really tuff, income-wise. Received far fewer big projects, the churn rate was high. But there is one thing that keeps us afloat—small coding job requests. We’re working with small to medium size startups and agencies for over a decade now. We started freelancing while we’re in college. And used to collaborate remotely. Then remote work was not a thing or the thing I was not familiar with at that time.
CSS programming and troubleshooting issues are our niches. From 2017, we stopped promoting these services and only focused on other projects. We were still providing these services but only those who were our clients for a long period.
That’s enough of the back story. On 28th March 2021, my partner and I discussed introducing a new productized service and offering our CSS programming expertise and problem-solving as coding-as-a-service. So, we had a 12-hour sprint, collaborated on the project on notion, and discussed the pricing and content we wanted to show on the website. Downloaded a static theme from Themes For App (also our project) and added the content. Used one of our pre-purchased not-in-use domains to launch the service.
The problem that we want to solve:
CSS issues, small programming front-end jobs, pocket-friendly website customization, and modifications. Act as an extended team to the agency to provide front-end maintenance and update service to existing clients. Provide after delivery modifications and changes to clients of DesignThingy (our other productized service).
Offer our expertise as a service at a flat fee per task. Introduced per-task pricing as well as recurring plans.
If you’re wondering, there are Fiverr, Upwork, freelancer, and superside like websites that provide the same services, then why should anyone choose to use your service?
You are absolutely right! But you need to spend weeks filtering out unqualified developers and hire experts who can deliver exceptional work. We like to say that our team knows CSS programming inside out. Also, We provide a 30-day bug fix warranty.
Here is the break-down of the process, from start to launch:
- Discussion and collaboration on //Notion.so
- Downloaded a pre-made static theme from //themesfor.app
- Used a not-in-use pre-purchased domain. (we’ve too many of those🙂 )
- Used vector art from //craftwork.design/
- registered a business email address on //workspace.google.com/
- pushed the website on a private GitHub repo.
- Made an application on a shared cloud instance on //Cloudways.com
- Create an order form using //typeform.com
- Shared about it on Twitter and //www.indiehackers.com/
12 hours and 3 chai later, we released frontfix. Now let see how it goes. I’ll share the updates about it on my Twitter handle.