Hi. I’m curious if there’s any consensus or advice on how to plan for operational costs at scale. We’re a few weeks away from opening up a private—paid—community to beta testers and we’d like to avoid having to come back to our members in a year or two with a price increase to cover our costs.
Right now, we’re on the lowest/smallest tier with Digital Ocean and the free MailGun account. While we’ve grown from two to seven users since we started building in August, I don’t feel averaging things down to daily numbers is entirely accurate—and this is proving trickier to research than expected.
Are there any reasonably safe assumptions we could use to ensure we’re prepared to cover our bills at 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000 members? Does anyone have any kind of basic, statistical info on this subject?
- What percentage of users would you expect to see active? 5%? 10%? 30%?
- How many emails would you expect to see sent per user?
- How much memory is required given the above?
(I know all the above depend on wildly fluctuating variables, but it’s a thought exercise.)
From what I’ve seen, we’d need 150 paying members to cover out bets at US$500/mo, or 300 to cover $1,000/mo. That tells me we should be fine at $50/yr, but thus far, I’m still very green on converting data to actionable insights and I’m pretty sure my existing sample size isn’t up to the job.
Any insights or advice would be appreciate. Thank you.