Dropping SaaS

The mantra in bootstrapping circles for the past while has been โ€œcharge moreโ€. And the best way to charge more, over time, is a SaaS. So itโ€™s natural that most bootstrapers default to a SaaS pricing model when starting their new projects and companies.

Iโ€™m no different. I build web-apps professionally and have for the past 10 years. Web apps are my bread and butter.

But when I compare my successful SaaS projects to my successful desktop app projects, no matter the metric, Iโ€™ve always made more when I charge less and charge it once.

And since Iโ€™ve been so focused on SaaS and this charge more mentality, Iโ€™ve automatically dismissed ideas that I had that werenโ€™t SaaS.

After attempting to build a number of web apps independently Iโ€™ve mostly stopped midway through. The slog of getting the basics perfect, managing servers, dealing with recurring payments, itโ€™s too much like my day-job.

And so I find myself considering going back to my old bread and butter for side-projects: native apps for the Macintosh.

So far Iโ€™ve got a few ideas for small utility apps. The ones Iโ€™m most interested in are the ones that fit in the open web and apps that can help increase privacy for its users.

Itโ€™s been a breath of fresh air and Iโ€™m excited to be having fun making things again.