Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Closure

The unofficial end to my strategy series was a document about avoiding distractions.  This reaches all of the major points that I noted as wanted to cover as part of the area, but does not mean that the work in the area is "completed".  Obviously, all of the documents can be expanded, added to, and in general, most of the topics can have more info, and specific, researched info.  As sort of an interesting coincidence, the last section was left pretty open ended.  It's simply a list of a few things that I could think of right away.  There's a good chance that if I maintain these documents that over time I will add (possibly) a fair amount to this list since the topic is pretty vague.  I think it will be interesting to see if I actually go back to this area or just sort of leave things where they are.  For now, this rounds out my strategy topic very nicely.  Collectively, these documents should give anyone that is interested a good idea about how my business sense has lead me to where I am.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Staying There

Another day, another entry into my "strategy" area.  This entry was all about how to get there and how to stay there.  The topic is surprisingly helpful.  I got the idea from an article I read online about business management.  When I started doing the guide (framework?) I thought that it was going to be fairly redundant.  I already have several documents about marketing and general business and product related issues.  I thought that this was a fairly unique work because it was a little more thought related than most of the other documents that I have.  This is kind of what strategy is actually about.  I'm not making a solid plan that's going to be followed immediately, this is more like my company motto area.  This is how I want my business to operate and the strange part is that I didn't even realize it until I was almost done.  Not to be misleading, I'm definitely not writing blog posts or anything, these are still factual technical documents, which I think adds to their impact.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Business Reality

So, I'm still pretty worried about not having a lot to do, but I think that I've come up with something that to help with that.  I think the harder I try to sort of "create" stuff to do that I'm not interested in, the more I'm going to be worried in general.  I know that those kinds of things aren't going to last.  I need to be honest with myself about the possibility that I may not be able to keep busy in terms of engineering work.  I am starting a business.  It's a little back and forth since I feel better about things when I'm doing the stuff that I actually like to do and feel good about doing.  Obviously this isn't a strict rule since the goal is going to be to make money.  But sometimes you aren't always so lucky to get what you want right away, so you have to be happy with doing things that will support what you enjoy.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hard Work

Starting a business is a choice that I have made.  In order for me to have not simply wasted my time doing this, I need to understand what it will mean for me to be in business for an extended period of time.  I am not trying to win the lottery.  This is something that is going to be a part of my life for a very long time.  I have started working on having a process where instead of panicking when I come across a problem, I identify what it is and research all of the parts involved.  This is not so much a process, but how one would do pretty much anything worth doing.  I think that the real test is being able to stay calm long enough to know that the problem can be researched with the right mindset and approach.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Looking Ahead

You have to be honest with yourself as to what you want to get out of things when you're trying to start a business.  Even when things are going at their very best, I probably won't really be doing full-time coding.  I suppose that it would be possible to sort of create a position for myself that would consist of me coding all day long.  The reality of the situation is that I'm going to mostly be watching the market, working on new ideas, and managing my resources.  The resources would include both human and financial assets (since good employees are going to do good work).  This situation is going to require a lot of patience, especially since you sort of think about the technically details when you start a business, but have to consider the financial side in order to keep things going.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Success

Time is something that I don't really need to think too much about, but I kind of need to be aware of to make sure I keep making good decisions.  I've seen a lot of references to the average age people are when they create a startup.  I don't have a lot of information about how much work people usually do to prepare for starting their company.  I'd say that my reasonable guess would be that I'm both younger than I should be and have less work put in than most people.  All this really tells me is that I need to be prepared to wait for possibly a long time while I get to where I need to be.  Since I don't know if it's even possible to reach this point, there are a lot of factors that go into my long-term planning.  I need to be realistic, but I don't need to be rash about anything either.  I enjoy what I do.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fund-raising

I'm not going to talk about fund-raising, but it is essential.  There are many steps to go from learning how to design and create a product to having a large amount of money to support yourself and a way to keep supporting yourself through sales.  This is something that most people may or may not think of when they first come up with an idea for a business.  A bit of a hint, you may need to have a lot of bake-sales in order to get there.  Really, there are a lot of factors that one has to consider, both legally and physically.  There are only so many ways that you can make money when you intent to leave shortly.  In addition to that, there are only so many hours in the day to accomplish all of the things that you need to get done.  Good luck from here.