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The most popular categories are micro-SaaS, extensions, and newsletters

Ilya Novohatskyi
Ilya Novohatskyi
Hey guys.
This week I visited two podcasts, mostly invited by our newsletter readers. Loved the atmosphere and questions, especially from Josh’s solopreneur grind. I’ll announce when the episode air.
Today’s blog post will be about expectations and reality in the SaaS world and what you need to be sure of when you start your entrepreneurial journey.
You’ll notice that I added a few new fields to listings (What I like and Concerns) where I review startups and tell you my opinion pretending I’m a buyer.
P.S. Yesterday was Ukraine Independence day, so I congratulate everyone who donated and helped refugees. Stay with Ukraine; keep the peace in the world.

Photo by Yohan Marion on Unsplash
Photo by Yohan Marion on Unsplash
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📈 Our marketplace stats
Today I want to share with you interesting stats for our marketplace. Till now, we helped 25 startups to change hands with a total GMV of $140,000.
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Annual update:

😊 25 startups sold

💰 GMV is $140,000

📉 Min sale is $150

📈 Max sale is $40k
The lowest asking price sold is Stardew Valley bot for $150, and the highest is Multi-Cloud Backup micro-SaaS for $40,000.
Besides this, the most popular categories are micro-SaaS, extensions, and newsletters.
😮 Expectation vs reality
I wrote a slightly pessimistic article about owning a micro-SaaS.
I just wanted to give people a more realistic understanding that holding a software business isn’t a passive investment, and you always need to do something to grow it. But it’s a lot of fun, and you will learn many things along the way.
Running A Micro-SaaS Startup: Expectations vs Reality
📰 Looking for new owners
  • Pre-revenue
  • Business model: sponsorship
  • 400 members
  • Target audience: startup founders
  • Built with Reddit
  • Founded in 2021
  • What I like: a small community in the trending niche with great potential to scale and monetize.
  • Concerns: the project needs a community manager or someone with experience in community field.
🔥 Asking Price: $1,500
  • Pre-revenue
  • Business model: SaaS
  • 0 users
  • Target audience: creators
  • Built with Next.js, React.js, GraphQL, and Hasura
  • Founded in 2022
  • What I like: it’s a well-built custom project with huge potential for English and Spanish markets.
  • Concerns: no users and no revenue, so you need to validate the product first and grow it from scratch.
🔥 Asking Price: $2,500
  • $2,291 in revenue
  • Business model: one-time sales and subscription
  • 258 customers
  • Target audience: young professionals who travel frequently
  • Built with Webflow, Zapier, and Typeform
  • Founded in 2022
  • What I like: excellent design, paying customers, simple tech stack, validated product, and one month of post-sale support.
  • Concerns: you need experience in the travel industry, so this project is a perfect fit for travel agencies and related companies.
🔥 Asking Price: $10,000
💡 Wisdom from subscriber
Brett @ Designjoy ⚡
In case you missed it, here is a simple set up in
@Trello that will allow me to manage over $1,000,000+ worth of design work by myself this year courtesy of Designjoy. Feel free to copy.
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Ilya Novohatskyi
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