Homesteading for Freelancers

7a0d58870c43323ed595feb7729f1246?s=47 Matthew Bass
November 13, 2010

Homesteading for Freelancers

Matthew Bass 3.36
Adeptware, Inc.
4 talks

Teascript is a Rails-based application that went live in late 2006. It generates and manages academic transcripts through an AJAX-enabled interface. The application was built using the principles outlined in 37 Signals’ book ‘Getting Real’ as well as many of Nathaniel Talbott’s ideas about ‘homesteading,’ building targeted revenue-generating niche web applications. In this talk, Matthew will outline how he used the homesteading mindset to go from an empty Rails project to a fully deployed, usable web application generating passive income on a monthly basis. If you’ve ever been interested in creating your own software product, this talk is for you. Join Matthew for an interesting look at how software developers can leverage their talent to quickly build small, agile services that target specific niches, with the goal of creating passive revenue streams.


Matthew Bass

November 13, 2010


  1. for freelancers Homesteading

  2. goals we’re capable of more than we think...

  3. homesteading self sufficiency and creative thinking...

  4. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in

    which you really stop to look fear in the face... Do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. teascript? and various other philosophical questions...

  6. getting real 37signals build less stay lean manage debt

  7. “The old school model of shipping software in a box

    and then waiting a year or two to deliver an update is fading away.” — Getting Real
  8. catch an idea find a target niche pick something easy

    solve one problem
  9. taking off scope out the competition create a skeleton app

    post a teaser page
  10. build what they need beta testing use the feedback be

    willing to change
  11. build what we need dashboard / charts automation

  12. when to stop minimum viable product don't get sidetracked we’re

    never done
  13. <gasp> deployment </gasp> VPS vs. shared Apache proxying Mongrel Phusion

    Passenger Capistrano, baby
  14. mar-ki-teeng email / blogging let others spam for you speaking

    for fun and profit Google AdWords
  15. a/b testing customer development strategic alliances refinement

  16. the FAQ timely replies refunds? support

  17. the buck starts here payment systems subscription vs. one time

    tracking expenses
  18. how, again? set some goals stake out some land work,

    work, rest relax... it's only ones and zeros
  19. more... @pelargir