Time flies fast. It’s been 5 months since I posted the last milestone celebrating 500 subscribers.
I’m happy to announce that this number is now almost 9 times bigger – we are now at 4200 subscribers and counting. I’m not even sure if subscriber is the correct term here – because the original newsletter has evolved into a product with scale I didn’t anticipate. But more about that later.
Presumably the most interesting part for you IndieHackers. Some of these are publicly available on our /open page. Some, I had to dig up for a bit.
We spend up to 35 percent of our productive time at work. Shouldn’t we at least make it so it doesn’t suck? But wait, there’s more – the vast majority of people still commute (more than 70 percent) wasting even more of their time and putting unnecessary pressure on the environment in the process.
Easiest solution to all of this? Go remote!
That is, of course, easier said than done. It’s also worth mentioning that by solving the commute and office related pain points, you will inevitably create new ones linked to your new shiny remote lifestyle – but we will get to that later.
With this mini series, I will guide you through the most common situations people looking for remote job typically find themselves in.
Haha, just kidding! Noone needs yet another remote job board IMO.
(Although one applicant told me there is never enough job boards, so what do I know.)
There is however one issue that was bothering me for couple of weeks.
The thing is – Remote Weekly
is a smart newsletter. It crawls various job boards, Facebook groups or
subreddits, applies a little bit of filtering, text-analysis and
machine learning so that it can send you only the stuff you are truly interested in.
That is all fine. Except – There is this database of valuable data only being used on the weekends. Isn’t that a waste!
And that’s why I’ve stitched together a lil website – Remote Daily. It’s basically remote job fulltext search engine. Goal is to help people who are actively looking for remote position and can’t afford to wait for the weekly newsletter.
That’s right, I’ve created side-project inside my side-project.
One neat trick
You can bookmark any dynamic url to quickly check on new jobs (they are highlighted)
Although remoteweekly.cc was never gonna be a Product Hunt superstar, it’s good for my mind to just check out this milestone when building a new thing.
I usually do Product Hunt, Hacker News + few subreddits first; and
move to an actual day-to-day marketing and promotion of the new thing
within the next few days after processing the initial feedback.
This time I did only PH with HN and Reddit to come next week.
I scheduled the post for Sunday (that’s right), but when I checked
later that day, it was re-scheduled for Tuesday and eventually launched
on Monday! Someone at PH probably had some fun with that, hehe. However
it actually served me well as Remote Weekly got 94 upvotes, 400 visitors and 150 subscribers. Not bad for a newsletter 🤷
After making getremotejob.xyz, I didn’t really plan any more involvement in the remote work field. After all, the market looked pretty crowded already – for years. It was only meant as a quick way to help out my friends (and other people) asking advice on the remote work and digital nomading thing.
However, it surprised me how many positive responses this simple and stupid html table got.
That got me thinking about an actual product.
What could it be? Mmmm.
Making another job boards seems like a nonsense.
Curated list of resources – already got that one. Also difficult to monetize, even with major overhaul.
Curated newsletter with remote jobs? But curated for whom? I can only curate for myself.
I know! With a bit of coding and machine learning, I can make it curated for anyone! (Kinda like newsletter / personal curator hybrid.)
Here’s how it’s gonna work
Visitor signs up and fills his interests (positions)
The system periodically downloads remote job offers from many many many remote job boards and maybe even social networks
Each weekend, subscriber gets an email with only the remote job offers he is interested in
Possible “business models“
Promoted job offers (b2b)
Matching job candidates with headhunters (b2b)
The remote work trend is clearly long-term on rise and unlikely to stop
Email-based products seems underrated to me, which can mean less competition
Unlike category/label based job boards, this product starts with your preferences and learns using your feedback from each email, meaning it will be truly personalized
The main disadvantage is clearly the weekly interval which can cause
some positions to be already filled when you get the email. On the other
hand, if a position gets filled so fast it’s a bit strange. It’s also not meant for people activelly looking for a job.
Disclaimer The ideal persona for this product is not actively looking for a job. He/she already has a job, but is thinking about going remote for some reason (traveling, commuting, family).