Earlier we talked about building a stable economy for a contractor, freelancer, and small software company. We didn’t have all the answers for our own direction at the time, but we were fairly sure which direction we were going to head ourselves; app development, web services development, and sustained paying mentorship. Since that post my outpost partner and I have been talking and positioning ourselves towards that end goal.
Today I got a phone call from my partner which moves us to our next phase. We have closed our doors to actively taking on new contracts. We have figured out a transitional path, and we are looking forward to the next couple of years of our roadmap. We will be releasing a few web services this year and at least two applications. The next couple years will be a continuation of being a full fledged software company: consultancy is secondary, if happening at all.
I say consultancy is secondary, because we have clients that we still want to continue providing support for. It’s important not to leave them hanging out to dry. If you choose to make this kind of move, considering your current clientèle is vital.
The second thing to happen today is the Ubuntu SDK Live Sessions. This is awesome, as one of the applications launching this year is for the Ubuntu platform. The client will integrate with a web service launching this year, and should serve as an example for other clients on other platforms to match. I’m really excited about this particular move, as I am excited about becoming an Ubuntu shop. We’re a rarity in the world to date, but I see things moving more in that direction in the near future.
Finally, it’s important not to be too proud to step backwards, in order to move forward. This can be painful, and if you do this you must follow through or the move really will be a step backwards.
This is important - Have a plan; follow through with it.
My partner is taking on a full time job so that he has steady hours, in order to focus on development.
I’m helping launch my wife’s next business and we’re scaling back on expenses as a family. That will allow me to work full time on the new products coming out.
So, I look forward to a bright future, because we are going to continue to follow through. We are pushing most of our work, or spin off utilities, tools, and frameworks, open source to our github repo.
This is part of my journey that started almost 20 years ago. It’s worth pursuing. We hope this will bring you guys a brighter future as well through this. Remember, plan, and carry on.