I found a nice article from Chris Guillebeau on his site The Art of Non-Conformity regarding starting a business while working full-time. For those of you who are contemplating starting your own business doing technology work, this is a worthwhile read.
I’m curious how many of you independent technology professionals also work another job? Are you working towards making your business full-time or are you satisfied with keeping your business on the side? How many of you that work your business full-time started off part-time?
I know I started my business on the side, almost by accident. As a technology professional in the mid-to-late 1990’s, there wasn’t much help available for small business or individuals in the home. This was before the days of the Geek Squad or before other tech support companies started popping up. People who found out I did technology work latched on to me to help them with their businesses or home technology. In fact, I coined the term “leech effect” to describe the way desperate people would “leech” on to anybody with a pulse and a hint of tech knowledge. As I did more and more work on the side, I discovered I much preferred helping my clients than working full-time for someone else. My wife and I prepared (albeit not very well) for me to leave full-time work and when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped and haven’t looked back since.
If you are doing tech work on the side, what is holding you back from taking your business full-time? If you now work your business full-time, what finally prompted you to leave employment? For me, it was wanting the flexibility to spend more time with my newborn daughter. I’d love to hear from all of you out there what it was for you.