Shortly after the Design Aesthetic of the Indie Developer panel at SXSW, I was asked for a list of tips for aspiring independent developers. I struggled to come up with a list at the time, so I'm going to try to redeem myself by making this a topic for a series of blog posts.
Over the next few days I'm going to share some suggestions for those who want to skip the corporate route and give independent software development a shot. I'm going to write these tips from the perspective of a desktop developer, but they'll be equally applicable to web development.
So, let's get the ball rolling with Indie Tip #1: Build something you need.