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300

Jan 22, 2016

Yesterday was a big milestone for Cushion. Roughly six months after officially launching, Cushion has reached 300 paying customers. I think it’s important to celebrate these milestones, however small, because like freelancing, running an app can be an emotional roller coaster. You might see a dozen new subscribers one week and a dozen cancellations the following week. When something good happens, it helps to bolster that feeling and keep the positive momentum going.

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The main goal for Cushion has always been to reach a point where I no longer need client work support myself—the bootstrapper’s dream. I’ll still take freelance gigs because I believe it’s important to be a real user of your own app. You should feel the same pains as your users if an irritating bug or cumbersome workflow exists. Once you no longer use your own app, you need to rely on others to point out its hiccups, and most users aren’t that vocal—some might leave before writing an email. I digress.

With full-time as my primary target, the 300-customer milestone represents my halfway point. This alone is exciting because it means I might actually be able to pull this off. I originally built Cushion because I simply needed it. Enough of my friends shared the same need, so I decided to build it for others, too. Now that it has a chance to become my career, I’m even more determined to get there. Getting to 300 did take much longer than expected, but these past six months have taught me a lot. I know what I need to do to get to 600.

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  1. Funding Cushion
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  2. Hiring a Team of Freelancers
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  3. Taking a Real Break From Work
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  4. Slack as a Notification Center
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  5. Document Your Features
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  6. 300
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  7. Vacations
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  8. Offering Discounts
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  9. Waves of Traffic
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  10. Less Blogging, More Journaling
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  11. Retention Through Useful Features
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  12. The Onboarding Checklist
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  13. Spreading the Word
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  14. From Beta to Launch - The Subdomain
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  15. From Beta to Launch - Sign up
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  16. From Beta to Launch - Messaging
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  17. Launch
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  18. Authenticating with 3rd Party Services
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  19. Intro to Integrations
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  20. Inspiration vs Imitation
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  21. The Emotional Rollercoaster
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  22. Designing Project Blocks
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  23. Everything in Increments
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  24. Deleting Your Account
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  25. Designing the Subscription Page
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  26. Rewriting the Timeline
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  27. Restructuring the Individual Project Page
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  28. Project Blocks
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  29. Redesigning the Homepage
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  30. Multiple Timelines
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  31. Archiving and Estimate Differences
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  32. Multiple Financial Goals
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  33. Zooming in on the Timeline
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  34. Currency
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  35. Preferences, Accounts, and a Typeface Change
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  36. Sending Out the First Email
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  37. Currency Inputs, Notifications, and Invoice Nets
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  38. Dots and Lines
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  39. Calculating in the Database and Revealing Tendencies
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  40. Improved Form UX
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  41. Cushion is Online
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  42. Schedule Timeline Patterns
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  43. A Slimmer Schedule Timeline
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  44. The Schedule Timeline
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  45. Plugging in Real Data for the First Time
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  46. Transitions and Project Lists
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  47. Death to Modals
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  48. The Individual Project Page
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  49. Estimated Incomes and Talks with Other Freelancers
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  50. Statuses to Lists and the Paid Beta
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  51. The Timeline
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  52. Invoice Terminology
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  53. Modal Forms
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  54. Wiring the Backend to the Frontend
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  55. Balancing Design and Dev
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  56. Timecop, Monocle, and Vagrant
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  57. Going with Ruby and Sinatra
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  58. Ditching local-first and trying out Node.js
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  59. Switching to AngularJS
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  60. Building the Table with Vue.js
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  61. Clients, Projects, and Invoices
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  62. Introduction
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