From coding, to…


Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written here. I apologise for everyone who’s been following this journal and who’s been disappointed by my updates.

SOOO much has happened since I last updated that it’s hard to know where to start.

First of all, I did make the jump. I started down the dark and dangerous path towards the world of running my own programming company.

Oh wow. What a head spin.

It seems as though there’s one little detail that people never tell you about starting your own business. [Read more…]

Time to Get Serious About This Business of Mine

Getting serious about business

So a little more about that software company I told you all about awhile back, the one I’m running from my basement? Well, business has really picked up in the last few months, and to be completely honest with all of you, I wasn’t expecting it to go so well! In the beginning, I was kind of just testing the waters and trying my hand at being my own business owner. And somehow, it just took off like a horse at the races.

The contracts have been pouring in and I don’t think I can handle the workload with the way I’ve got things set up now. So, it’s time to take it up a level. Maybe expand the business, hire a few new experts to help me run the whole outfit, set up a new department so I can offer more and even take more jobs. [Read more…]

Business, beards, bellies, and babies!

the beard

Business is starting to pick up some.  I’m getting more contracts and my wife is not as worried about the future as she used to be. In fact, she is no longer just my wife, she is also going to be the mother of my child again!  One thing about working from the basement, that I have mixed feelings about, is she expects me to talk about the new  nursery 24/7.

I love her so I humor her and deflect all the decision making to her sister. The new baby will make it’s debut in about six months.  We are over the moon with excitement.

Since I’ve started working in the basement, I have kind of let myself go.   I’ve gained 20 pounds and my former clean shaven face has grown a pretty impressive beard. As it turns out, I hate the 20 pounds, but I love this beard. I love this beard so much that I even buy beard oil.  Unfortunately, the wife  does not feel the same way about it. [Read more…]

To quit or not to quit…

Decisions, decisions...

This is the next big thing on my mind… When do you bite the bullet and tell your boss that you’re walking out the door?

I’ve got two conflicting ideas in my head at this point in time.

1. Tell the boss that I’m leaving now so I can spend all my time building my own business
2. Wait until I’m making good money through my own business so that I don’t need the other income anymore

Both have pro’s and con’s.

If I stay at my job and put 50 hours a week into doing projects there, sure I’ll get paid but I also won’t have either the time to build my own business or the drive to build it because money won’t be that important. [Read more…]

Setting up my own software development company

Setting up my company

So this is where the fun stuff starts – how do you set up a home business?

When you’ve been an employee for such a long time, it’s kind of hard to break out of that mindset. You know, turning up at 9, dawdling through the morning, taking a 1 hour (and a bit if you can get away with it) lunch break and then wasting the afternoon in the hope that you’ll get out of their before peak hour hits.

Running your own business is SO much tougher!

I was chatting with my mate Scott who set up software development company in Sydney called Terem Technologies a few months ago and he’s been telling me all about it. Trying to manage your own time, being responsible only to yourself, working LONG days with not much return (at the start anyway…).

Part of me is thinking that I’ve made a mistake.

Maybe it would’ve been easier and safer to just stick out the 9-5 and work my way up the corporate ladder in the hope that I got promoted enough to be comfortable after a while…

And then all I have to do is think back to the funeral and that ‘lucky’ stiff lying in the ground and the motivation comes FLOODING back.

I don’t want to be that guy and if I’m going to avoid it, I’m going to have to bust my arse.

Right. It’s time to start the day. Just after I get my coffee… :-)

Starting with the wife…

Me and the wife

It’s funny… when you’re sitting blissfully in your bubble of ignorance, just happily plodding along without giving life too much thought, everything seems pretty simple.

You do what you do, other people do what they do, and you just keep moving.

Yeah, there are problems every now and again, but you deal with them and move on.

It’s only once you start to dig and try and find solutions that everything becomes so much more complicated.

For example, today I decided that I was going to learn a little bit how to get my wife a bit more excited about ‘adult’ activities. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with our sex life, it’s just that it could always be better, you know what I mean?

So I started doing a bit of Googling to see what I could turn up.

I successfully managed to find the biggest group of weirdo’s I’d ever come across. They call themselves ‘Pick-up Artists’. What a bunch of wankers!

Apparently they like to parade around in platform shoes with black eye makeup and nail polish in fluffy hats trying to trick women into sleeping with them using these shitty magic tricks.

All sounds a bit bullshit to me.

So I kept Googling and I found this other site about attracting women called The Attraction Institute. And this is where my head started to get a bit messy…

First of all, I liked the fact that they thought the pick up artist stuff was as weird as I did, but as I started to read more, I got to see a little more of what was going on.

They’re pretty into the deep stuff – looking at why you’re doing what you’re doing and how it’s messing with your life.

I spent about an hour there and by the end of it, I felt like the worst person on earth. Not in a bad way though, it just got me thinking about how much of an arse I’d been to my wife and how badly I’d treated her, all because I wasn’t taking care of my own shit.

It was a pretty big slap in the face to be honest because they just lay it all out there for you to see.

Day 1, huh? This is going to be a tough ride.

I’ve got some thinking and then some apologising to do. I’ll let you know how it goes.