How we do more with less

If you've ever thought, "maybe I should start my own own business," only to stall when complications pop up, The Minimalist Entrepreneur is for you. Part manifesto, part manual, this step-by-step guide will show you how to build a profitable, sustainable company of any size from anywhere for the communities you care about most.

Ask yourself, “If I could fix one thing about my corner of the world, what would that be? What kind of business do I actually want to build, own, and run?” Then, figure out where your skills, knowledge, and background intersect with the business you have in mind and leverage those strengths to the hilt.

Don't get permission. Just get started. You can learn what you need to know and overcome obstacles on your path one at a time as long as you stay focused on profitability and the customers you're serving. Building a business this way showed me how I fit into the world and also how I could make it better. The Minimalist Entrepreneur will show you your own path, too.

Who is the Minimalist Entrepreneur framework for?

  • Aspiring business owners
  • Founders who feel stuck
  • Community builders
  • Creators and makers
  • Side hustlers
  • Anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit!

What it means to be a Minimalist Entrepreneur

1

Start then learn

Most founders know nothing at the beginning. Instead of focusing on the things you do not know, focus on the things you do and go from there.

2

Build as little as possible

Don’t start with code. If your product is incredibly minimal and useful, and people look past the lack of polish and use it, you will know you are on to something.

3

Stay focused on your customers

No matter your size, stay focused on what drives sales and what excites your customers. If you pay attention to them as you go, you can’t lose.

Let’s get to starting and scaling your business

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The Book

Get your copy of The Minimalist Entrepreneur;  it will look so good on that shelf, after reading thoroughly, of course.
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The Course

A four-week cohort-based course for founders who want to learn to do more with less.

Who is this guy anyway?

I’m Sahil Lavingia, the Founder and CEO of Gumroad. I’m also an angel investor, a painter, and a writer. In 2011, I left my job as the second employee at Pinterest -- before I vested any of my stock -- to start Gumroad, a platform that helps creators sell their products online. I raised more than $8 million dollars in venture capital before our flight into the stratosphere leveled off and we crash landed in 2015.

It’s hard to believe, but that was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

Since then, I’ve rebuilt Gumroad into a profitable, sustainable business. Along the way, I’ve helped create more creators and made starting businesses a possibility for thousands of other people.

Illustration of Sahil Lavingia