Sunday, March 05, 2006

Big Changes A-Brewin'

I've been working up to this for quite some time now, but things have begun in motion that will cause some big changes coming my way, which will probably be reflected in the quanitity and quality of posts here. In short, there will be more of them and they'll be better, because I'll have more time and more to draw from.

I closed my first large contract, which will allow me to quit the dayjob and work full-time from home. This is fantastic timing, and freightening timing: I have a child on the way due right around the end of this project. So I'm taking something of a risk here, but things a already lined up to make sure we're secure for enough time to handle any misfortunes that come our way, and it will be fantastic to work from home instead of going away to work each day, when the baby arrives and I won't want to leave. Ever.

These changes will give me more time to focus on things going on in the communities, and comment and theorize and contribute more to everything going on. I'll probably be taking my hand at some kind of personal project, which I'm narrowing in on and will likely talk about in the near future, when I decide on some things and maybe get some funding (might need to make a call to that Rich Uncle everyone always talks about).

Wish me luck, everyone.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Congratulations! This must be a scary time ...

The classic mistake on a first contract is to over-promise and then piss the customer by delivering late. If you haven't made the mistake of winning work by lowering your price to what you think will just keep you alive then you're already ahead of the game.

As far as the project goes, you don't need a Rich Uncle, you need a Business Plan: it's the classic way to get funding, and signs are that banks and venture capitalists might now be sufficiently far on from the "dot-com bubble" that they will look favourably on sensible proposals (like Bram Cohen's BitTorrent, which obtained $8.75m in the last year).

Good luck!

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