Making a Side Project, Part 1: Ideas

Mubashar Iqbal
Make Side Project
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5 min readNov 6, 2017

Coming up with project ideas

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Idea’s are everywhere you look, or even listen. Not all of them are good ideas, but you should keep an open mind and consider them all to find the good ones. A small change in perspective or approach, can turn a bad idea in to a great one.

My favorite source of idea is my inbox. Every email I receive with a spreadsheet attached, I start thinking about how the information in the spreadsheet was collected, organized and then made it’s way to me. Could that process be improved, with an app of some kind. This applies to business and my personal life, yes I have friends that send me emails with spreadsheets!

Another source of ideas is reducing repetition. If I find I’m doing the same thing on a regular basis, that can be boring and a waste of time. If I can build a tool to automate the process, that can save me lots of time in the long run. If that tool that can be used by other people that saves even more time. Saving time, saves money and increases productivity.

Idea’s really are everywhere. People like to complain, they complain on television, on the radio on social media. People complain about things they don’t like to do, build something that allows them to not have to do it, or make it easy and quick to do. Or build something that lets them complain more :)

I’ve come up with four idea’s that I’ve detailed below that I was considering making …

Channel Sites

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When I first thought about my next app, I first thought of Channel Sites. I’ve had this idea sitting on the shelf for a while, and I keep coming back to it, I even created a Product Hunt Upcoming page for it.

Since I started running Critics, I’ve noticed that a lot of YouTuber’s don’t have websites. Especially those just getting started, focus on publishing videos to their YouTube channel, or just don’t have knowledge of how to create and update a website with their videos.

The idea for Channel Sites, is to allow for people with no web design or development skills to easily create and update a website…

Mubashar Iqbal
Make Side Project

2016 @ProductHunt Maker of the Year. Making side projects for fun and profit.