AI Software Engineers: Coding Assistants, Growing to $5M ARR, Training AI Models

โ€œEverybody in the world is now a programmer.โ€ โ€” Jensen Huang

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  • How to future-proof your career as a software engineer.


๐Ÿ” Problem

Software engineers are hard to find, recruit and compensate.

Once you hire them, you risk knowledge being lost when they leave.


๐Ÿ’ก Solution

AI software engineers can increasingly solve specific issues on their own.

While engineers focus on domain rules and high-level problems.


๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Roadmap

1๏ธโƒฃ Pick Your Niche

AI Coding Assistants

  • CodePal โ€ข Dozens of AI code generation tools
  • CodeWP โ€ข AI chat and coding tools for WordPress creators
  • GitHub Copilot โ€ข The worldโ€™s most widely adopted AI developer tool
  • Bito โ€ข Accessible, accurate AI tools trusted by developers across the world
  • Amazon CodeWhisperer โ€ข Your AI-powered productivity tool for the IDE and command line
  • Tabnine โ€ข Private and personalized AI coding assistant
  • Codeium โ€ข The most intelligent AI code generation tool
  • Sourcegraph Cody โ€ข Search, write and understand code fast
  • CodeGPT โ€ข AI code chat, auto-completion, explanation, error-checking and more
  • AutoCode Pro โ€ข Build Chrome extensions, web and mobile apps from text
  • AlphaCode โ€ข Competitive programming tool with critical thinking, logic, algorithms and more

2๏ธโƒฃ Build Your App

  • Build a plugin for popular code editors such as VS Code and JetBrains IDEs. You can reach your target audience with lower market risks.
  • Build an AI agent that completes coding tasks on autopilot.
    • Devin can do Upwork gigs on autopilot.
    • CodeGPT can handle coding tasks on your behalf.
    • ReactAgent builds React components from user stories.
    • Fine has AI agents that understand, analyze, generate and test code.
  • Train your own model to differentiate from competitors.
    • Tabnine is trained on open-source repositories.
    • Refact combines its custom and third-party AI models.
    • GitHub Copilot is trained on all languages from public repositories.
    • CodeWP offers AI chat and coding tools trained for WordPress creators.

3๏ธโƒฃ Pick Your Monetization Strategy

  • Charge per user to grow as your customers grow.
    • Codacy costs up to $18 per user/mo.
    • Tabnine costs up to $39 per user/mo.
    • AskCodi costs up to $29.99 per user/mo.
  • Offer subscriptions to get predictable revenue.
    • Sweep costs $480 per month.
    • Replit AI costs $20 per month.
    • Fine costs up to $99 per month.
  • Build a monetized open-source tool. Let customers self-host or pay for a managed solution.
    • Sweep has open-source and pro versions.
    • Refact has open-source and cloud versions.
    • CodeGeeX has open-source and paid enterprise versions.

4๏ธโƒฃ Find Your First Customers

  • Build a playground to help users experience value faster.
    • Tabby has a playground with a sample coding task.
    • Blackbox AI has a playground with pre-built coding prompts.
    • Codeium has a playground with Python, JavaScript, Go, C++ and Java.
  • Share sample problems that your tool can solve. This helps customers understand your value better.
    • Sweep shares sample coding issues it can solve.
    • CodeWP shares AI code snippets and plugin examples.
    • Bito shares AI prompts for generating new code or fixing existing code.
  • Build in public to get trust and early fans. Share challenges, milestones and product updates.

5๏ธโƒฃ Improve User Experience

  • Let users chat with the code. Make it easy to write and edit code with natural language.
    • Tabnine has an AI chat that can generate and document code.
    • Cursor lets you edit an entire method or class with a single prompt.
    • Replit Ghostwriter lets you generate and summarize your code via a chat.
    • GitHub Copilot lets you chat with your code to build new features and fix bugs.
  • Offer personalized services to show commitment to your customerโ€™s success.
    • Fine can build custom tools and integrations for your use cases.
    • Replit AI offers personalized onboarding to enterprise customers.
    • Codeium offers personalized onboarding and training for your organization.
    • Aide offers personalized onboarding and weekly office hours with the engineering team.
  • Have a strong privacy policy to address concerns about code and know-how privacy.
    • Tabnine has a dedicated privacy page.
    • GitHub Copilot has a trust center with privacy and security policies.
    • Codacy shares security policies on infrastructure, data encryption and more.

6๏ธโƒฃ Boost Brand Awareness

  • Use programmatic SEO to target high-intent keywords.
    • AskCodi targets dozens of programming languages.
    • ZZZ Code AI targets dozens of code generator and explainer tool keywords.
    • CodePal has dozens of pages for the query โ€œCode Generator for [Programming Language]โ€.
  • Become a guest on interviews to boost your visibility.
  • Launch on ProductHunt to get more traffic.
    • Bito got โ€œ3rd product of the dayโ€ with 460 upvotes.
    • Fine got โ€œ2nd product of the dayโ€ with 737 upvotes.
    • Sourcery got โ€œ4th product of the day and weekโ€ with 1,036 upvotes.

7๏ธโƒฃ Scale Your Business

  • Use freemium to lower customer acquisition costs.
    • Codeium is free for individual users.
    • AskCodi has a free plan with access to its base model.
    • Replit AI has a free plan with limited access to AI features.
  • Make your tool free for individual developers. Happy users will spread the word about you at work. This can lead to the adoption of your tool at the company level.
    • Fine is free for individuals and small companies.
    • Amazon CodeWhisperer is free for individual use.
    • Codeium offers unlimited AI usage for individual developers.
  • Use side project marketing to generate leads. Target search intents for solving development tasks.
    • AI2sql has a free SQL formatter.
    • Codepal has dozens of tools for generating, analyzing and improving code.
    • aiXcoder has a code search engine that lets you search API use cases, GitHub repos, similar code and more.


๐Ÿ”— Links

  1. How many devs will switch careers? โ€ข The thread behind this report.
  2. Building a Report on AI Software Engineers โ€ข The tweet behind this report.
  3. Can AI Replace Software Engineers? โ€ข Software engineers discuss Devin and how to future-proof your career.
  4. How AI Code Generation Works โ€ข The benefits of AI code generation for developers.


๐Ÿ™ Thanks

Thanks to Chris Beaumont and Stewart Townsend. We had a great time jamming on this report.

โœ๏ธ Emin researched and wrote this report. Dru researched and edited this report.


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          ๐Ÿ“ข Ren Saguil became a LinkedIn Top Sales Coaching Voice


          ๐Ÿ“ˆ AJ reached 30,000+ monthly visitors with Indie Hustle



          ๐Ÿค“ Fav Finds

          Tools, tweets and more from Trends Pro Members


          ๐Ÿ’จ Awesome SaaS Boilerplates shared by Prabhjot Singh Lamba
          A list of SaaS starter kits for various tech stacks


          ๐Ÿ” VC Tech Stack shared by Bernardt J. Vogel
          A Notion database of tools and resources for VCs


          ๐Ÿ“ Superlist shared by Pascal Samsoon
          A to-do list app with shareable lists



          ๐Ÿฆ Tweet of the Week



          ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Tools of the Week

          ๐Ÿค– Typing Mind โ€” Use ChatGPT with a better UI


          โฑ๏ธ Rize โ€” Maximize your productivity with AI


          ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Aragon AI โ€” Use AI to do a photo shoot



          ๐Ÿ“˜ Read This

          This Is the Best Time To Start a Company In 30 Years

          A summary of some of the best opportunities for you:

          • One-time payments or pay-per-task SaaS is becoming normal.
          • Boomers are retiring โ€“ one of the most underserved audiences.
          • Most creators can only monetize from brand deals โ€“ help them productize themselves.



          ๐Ÿ‘€ Watch This

          Notion AI

          Ivan Zhao, CEO of Notion, shares how AI is enhancing Notion’s functionality, including information access and organization.

          Notion solves fragmentation in the SaaS market with a unified workspace that bundles notes, tasks and databases.

          They introduced Notion AI which helps you overcome creative blocks, auto-fill tables and chat with your docs.



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          5 Levels of Not Giving a F*ck

          Every day, people suffer from worrying too much. But it doesnโ€™t have to be that way.

          This article shares the 5 levels of non-f*ck-giving, which goes deeper with each level.

          Learn how to face your fears, stop worrying about what others think and start living.



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            ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ AI Podcast Editor โŒจ๏ธ Monetized Open Source ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ Clients on Demand


            This weekโ€™s Founder Finds includes:

            ๐Ÿ”— A dead link checker
            ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ An AI-powered podcast editor
            ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ How to get clients for your agency
            ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ A tool to gather content for AI training
            โŒจ๏ธ How to monetize open source software
            ๐Ÿฆ AI-powered social media scheduling tool
            โžก๏ธ And moreโ€ฆ



            ๐Ÿชถ Remember This

            The book costs as much as what youโ€™ll lose if you donโ€™t read it.



            ๐Ÿ† Trends Pro Member Wins

            ๐Ÿ““ Kevin Galang shipped Core Delegation Playbooks


            ๐Ÿ“œ Prabhjot Singh Lamba built a Reddit Post Downloader


            โ˜ฃ๏ธ Avy Leghziel wrote about toxic positivity


            โœ๏ธ Peter Elkins was featured in TheFutureEconomy.ca


            ๐Ÿ’ธ Simon had the first sale on SaaS Themes


            ๐Ÿ›  Ash wrote a summary of a no-code workshop


            ๐Ÿ“ข Meiko S. Patton became a LinkedIn Top Voice



            ๐Ÿค“ Fav Finds

            Tools, tweets and more from Trends Pro Members


            ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Gobble Bot shared by Ash
            A tool to save websites, PDFs and videos as text for AI training


            ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Resound.fm shared by Elia Zane
            An AI-powered podcast editor


            ๐Ÿ”— Bernard shared by Prabhjot Singh Lamba
            A tool to detect broken links on your site



            ๐Ÿฆ Tweet of the Week



            ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Tool of the Week

            Typefully

            Typefully helps you write and schedule posts for social media like Twitter and LinkedIn easily.

            It uses AI to give you ideas and improve your writing, helping you grow your audience faster.

            You can also work with your team on it, get smart analytics and post your content across multiple platforms with just a few clicks.



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            Awesome OSS Monetization

            Hereโ€™s a curated list of monetization strategies for open-source software.

            The strategies are broken down into categories based on what the users pay for.

            From access and licenses, to content and services.

            Youโ€™ll find a business model that fits your open-source project.



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            How To Get Clients For Your Agency

            Are you struggling to find clients for your agency?

            Here are 7 tactics to help you build a client acquisition system that will generate new clients on demand.

            • Scarcity: Build offers that expire in a week.
            • Cold outreach: Engage with your ideal clients to boost your visibility.
            • Build partnerships: Offer complementary services to clients that your partners serve.



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              AI-Generated Headshots: The Moat In AI, AI Avatars, Building In Public

              โ€œPhotography has nothing to do with cameras.โ€ โ€“ Lucas Gentry

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              โ“ What You’ll Learn

              • How to build source photo guidelines?
              • Whoโ€™s building AI headshots generators in public?
              • Whoโ€™s on track to make $90,000 MRR with AI-generated headshots?
              • How to build a strong moat?
              • How to get positive word of mouth?
              • Who generated 12,000,000 headshots for 60,000 customers?
              • How to convert visitors to paid users?
              • How to drive more traffic to your AI headshots generator?
              • How to serve customers with bulk requests?
              • How to generate animated AI headshots?
              • How will AI headshots change the modeling industry?
              • Why are people bad at picking their own photos?
              • How can indie hackers build AI startups?


              ๐Ÿ” Problem

              To get professional headshots, you need great lighting, a wardrobe and a skilled photographer.


              ๐Ÿ’ก Solution

              AI headshot generators give you studio-quality photos without a physical photo shoot.


              ๐Ÿ Players

              AI Headshot Generators


              ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Roadmap

              1๏ธโƒฃ Build your app

              2๏ธโƒฃ Pick your monetization strategy

              3๏ธโƒฃ Find your first customers

              4๏ธโƒฃ Build trust

              • Showcase social proof by sharing reviews from happy customers.
                • Secta AI shares a wall of testimonials from happy customers.
                • ProPhotos shares reviews from doctors, lawyers, real estate agents and more.
                • HeadshotPro says it has served 60,000 customers and generated 12,000,000 headshots.
              • Build trust by sharing sample images. This helps to convert visitors to paid users.

              5๏ธโƒฃ Capture leads

              6๏ธโƒฃ Boost brand awareness

              • Use Programmatic SEO to rank higher in Google. Target long-tail keywords to reach a higher-intent audience.
                • Pet Booth has pages with popular dog and cat breeds.
                • Aragon AI has headshot pages based on your profession. Such as students, lawyers, sales and more.
                • 1PhotoAI has pages with different style keywords. Such as headshots for passports, weddings, Halloween and more.
                • HeadshotPro has on-site keywords for different clothing options. Plus pages with headshot types and locations. They show their app among headshot studios in a specific city.
              • Use affiliate marketing to scale your marketing efforts.
                • AI Pet Photos pays 10-20% commissions for each paid customer you refer.
                • Aragon AI pays a 20% commission to affiliates. Theyโ€™ve paid $100,000 in commissions.
                • HeadshotPro pays 30% commissions on all sales. It also offered a $1,000 bonus to 3 people reaching 100,000 views on TikTok.


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              • 3 Ways to Find Your First Customers (50% More)
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              • 4 Ways to Boost Brand Awareness (100% More)

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              • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How to win customers by lowering the time-to-value?
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              • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How to boost the adoption of your AI headshot generator?
              • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How to address privacy concerns?
              • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How to position your AI headshot generator as a premium app?
              • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How to reach a higher-intent audience?
              • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How did an AI headshot generator add $50,000 MRR by borrowing trust?
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              • And much moreโ€ฆ

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                ๐Ÿ“ท AI Photo Editor โ“ 12 Wealth Questions ๐Ÿ“ฑ Low-Code App Builder


                This weekโ€™s Founder Finds includes:

                ๐Ÿ“‹ An SEO checklist
                ๐Ÿ“ท An AI image editor
                โœ๏ธ An AI content generator
                ๐Ÿ“ฑ A visual mobile app builder
                โ“ 12 questions on building wealth
                ๐Ÿ’ฐ How to launch a business in a weekend
                โžก๏ธ And moreโ€ฆ



                ๐Ÿชถ Remember This

                In business, you are paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.



                ๐Ÿ† Trends Pro Member Wins

                ๐Ÿงธ Yuyu launched Cottage for Tots


                ๐ŸŽฏ Ren Saguil shared some productivity tips


                ๐ŸŽช Marc Kreuzer started building in public


                ๐Ÿ—‚๏ธ Simon made a landing page showcasing his projects


                โœ๏ธ Chris Beaumont had a record week for his content writing business


                โš™๏ธ Hj Barraza implemented EOS in his business


                ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Krish wrote about the Redaction repo



                ๐Ÿค“ Fav Finds

                Tools, tweets and more from Trends Pro Members


                ๐Ÿ“ฑ Draftbit shared by Wit S
                A visual editor to build mobile apps


                โœ๏ธ Written Labs shared by Yuyu
                An AI content generator for SEO


                ๐Ÿ’ฐ Million Dollar Weekend shared by Chris Beaumont
                A book on launching a business in two days



                ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Tool of the Week

                Pixlr

                Pixlr is a free online suite for editing photos and graphic design.

                It has AI-powered tools for generating images from text, removing backgrounds, cutting objects, face swapping and more.

                Itโ€™s used by beginners and experienced graphic designers to simplify creative tasks.



                ๐Ÿฆ Tweet of the Week



                ๐Ÿ“˜ Read This

                12 Questions About Building Wealth and Skills

                From building a business, to learning new skills.

                Here are the answers to your questions:

                • Whatโ€™s the best way to win on the internet?
                • How to make people want to buy your product?
                • How to make $1,000,000 on a $25,000 budget?



                ๐Ÿ”ง Try This

                The Complete SEO Checklist

                Brian Dean shares the best strategies for e-commerce, local businesses and affiliate websites.

                From technical and on-page SEO to keyword research.

                This the most complete SEO checklist on the internet.



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                Building a $1B AI Avatar Business

                Victor Riparbelli, co-founder of Synthesia, shares how his company will change the way we make videos by making it as easy as writing text.

                He talks about ethical AI use, data privacy and responsible content creation.



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                  ๐Ÿ’ฒ 100k+ Startup Discounts โ€ข Get access to $100k+ in startup discounts on AWS, Twilio, Webflow, ClickUp and more.

                  ๐Ÿ’ฒ AI Sales Bot ๐ŸŒŸ Product Pitch Formula ๐ŸŒฑ How to Grow on X


                  This weekโ€™s Founder Finds includes:

                  ๐Ÿ’ฒ An AI sales bot
                  ๐ŸŒ A web scraping tool
                  ๐Ÿท๏ธ Startup business models
                  ๐ŸŒฑ How to grow an account on X
                  ๐ŸŒŸ How to craft a great product pitch
                  ๐Ÿ’ก Productivity tips from Sam Altman
                  ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ A tool to edit spoken words in a recording
                  โžก๏ธ And moreโ€ฆ



                  ๐Ÿชถ Remember This

                  Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.



                  ๐Ÿ† Trends Pro Member Wins

                  ๐Ÿ’ฐ Yuyu wrote about building and selling opengraph.xyz for $20,000


                  ๐Ÿš€ Simon launched early bird access to MicroAssets


                  ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Maisha Cannon was featured in the And So, She Left podcast


                  ๐Ÿ“ˆ Bernardt J. Vogel wrote about venture capital in 2024


                  ๐Ÿ”„ Kevin Galang changed the monetization model for A Team Overseas


                  โš–๏ธ โ€‹Elie Steinbockโ€‹ wrote about โ€‹the importance of productโ€‹


                  ๐Ÿง  Chris Beaumont, Sinan Guler and Georgios Diamantopoulos unlocked Trends.vc Masterminds by reaching 30-day standup streaks



                  ๐Ÿค“ Fav Finds

                  Tools, tweets and more from Trends Pro Members


                  ๐ŸŒฑ How to Grow on X shared by Elie Steinbock
                  A thread with a lot of nuggets in the replies


                  ๐Ÿ’ฒ AI Sales Bot shared by Gianni D’Alerta
                  An AI tool that performs long sales and customer service callsย 


                  ๐Ÿท๏ธ Startup Business Models shared by Royce Johnson
                  A video on business models and product pricing for startups



                  ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Tool of the Week

                  Apify

                  Apify is a platform for building, deploying and sharing web scraping and automation tools.

                  You can build web scrapers with Apify’s library, turn your projects into serverless apps and run them on Apify’s cloud.

                  It can scrape the web without getting blocked, store data and integrate it into the tools you already use.

                  You can also publish your own tools on the Apify Store to earn money.



                  ๐Ÿฆ Tweet of the Week



                  ๐Ÿ‘€ Watch This

                  Ultra-Realistic Voice Cloning

                  Overdub by Descript lets you fix mistakes and awkward phrases by editing the script.

                  Just fix the mistake in the text and Descript will automatically correct your voice recording.

                  No need to re-record. Descript makes fixing speech errors fast and easy.



                  ๐Ÿ“˜ Read This

                  Productivity Tips From Sam Altman

                  Sam Altman is the CEO of OpenAI.

                  Here are some of his productivity tips:

                  • Maintain a balance between โ€œtrying hardโ€ and personal well-being.
                  • The direction of work is crucial โ€“ working fast in the wrong direction is inefficient.
                  • Productivity soars when working on projects of interest โ€“ avoid or delegate the rest.



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                  How to Craft a Great Product Pitch that Sells

                  Here are the 5 steps to craft a great product pitch that will help you:

                  • Get execs to fund your product.
                  • Get customers to buy your offer.
                  • Get investors to back your startup.



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                    Notion Templates: Building in Public, $100,000 in 1 Month, Micro-Templates

                    โ€œA good system shortens the road to the goal.โ€

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                    โ“ What You’ll Learn

                    • How to build micro-templates?
                    • How to get early customers?
                    • How to make $100,000 in 1 month with Notion templates?
                    • Who made $144,000 last year selling Notion templates?
                    • How to find a template idea?
                    • How to lower customer acquisition costs?
                    • How to build an email list?
                    • How to get others to market your Notion templates?
                    • How to lower buyer fatigue?
                    • How to build custom templates?
                    • How to sell high-ticket, custom workspaces?
                    • Who builds custom Notion workspaces for $9,995?
                    • How to add value with micro-consulting?
                    • How to personalize Notion?
                    • What SaaS products were inspired by Notion?
                    • How to build all-in-one templates?
                    • How to differentiate?


                    ๐Ÿ” Problem

                    You need to organize your life and work.


                    ๐Ÿ’ก Solution

                    Notion templates help you manage notes, tasks and projects. All in one place.


                    ๐Ÿ Players

                    Notion Templates


                    ๐Ÿ›  How to Build Notion Templates


                    ๐ŸŒฑ How to Grow Notion Templates


                    ๐Ÿ’ฐ How to Monetize Notion Templates


                    ๐Ÿ”ฎ Predictions

                    • Weโ€™ll see more custom widgets for personalizing Notion templates.
                      • Blocs offers Pomodoro, water and habit trackers.
                      • Notion Plus offers dozens of widgets for custom templates.
                      • Widgets.so helps to boost productivity with custom widgets.
                      • Kairo Notion Blocks offers colorful time, habit and goal tracking widgets.
                    • Weโ€™ll see more all-in-one templates. These are operating systems for your work, business and life.


                    ๐Ÿ˜  Haters

                    โ€œTemplates have limitations. Itโ€™s better to find a SaaS for your needs.โ€
                    Most SaaS are closed-source businesses. They too have limitations. But you canโ€™t tailor their interface to your needs.

                    โ€œItโ€™s hard to differentiate.โ€
                    While the core is the same. You can add a โ€œserviceโ€ to stand out. Itโ€™s harder to copy a 1:1 call, cohort-based course or community.

                    โ€œThese templates are easy to clone.โ€
                    Second Brain is a popular template type. Easlo sold 4,640 copies. Thomas Frank made $760,000 with Ultimate Brain. Simon sold 1,902 copies of the Life OS bundle. Do not fear the competition. Distribution is what matters.


                    ๐Ÿ”— Links

                    1. โ€‹โ€‹Making $500,000 with Notion Templates โ€ข The thread behind this report.
                    2. Building a Report on Notion Templates โ€ข The tweet behind this report.
                    3. Selling Notion Templates โ€ข Beginnerโ€™s guide on making and marketing Notion templates.
                    4. $100,000 MRR Selling Notion Templates โ€ข Thomas Frank talking about building and marketing Notion templates.


                    ๐Ÿ“ Related Reports


                    ๐Ÿ™ Thanks

                    Thanks to Bernhard Friedrichs, Avy Leghziel, Thomas Demesmaeker, Santosh Kumar Srinivas, Kimon Skarlatos, Sebastian, Sagar Shah, Julien Collet and Trilok Hebbur. We had a great time jamming on this report.

                    โœ๏ธ Emin researched and wrote this report. Dru researched and edited this report.


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                    • 24 Notion Template Examples (200% More)
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                    • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How to help users get to value faster?
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                    • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How to signal expertise?
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                    • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) Why should you host giveaways?
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                    • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How to upsell higher-end products?
                    • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How to turn a Notion template into an online course?
                    • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How to turn your Notion expertise into an online course?
                    • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How to get a higher average order value?
                    • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How to tempt prospects to buy?
                    • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) Who made $500,000 with Notion templates?
                    • (๐Ÿ“ˆ Pro) How to create urgency?
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