“just can’t wait to get on the road again…” Willie Nelson
Well, I’m down in Texas this week. I haven’t been in Texas in nearly 10 years. Not since I was with Clearwire and the senior management flew me down to give a presentation on how I was going to save the company $20 million by building them software rather than outsourcing the project.
Traveling has its highs and lows. On one hand, it’s very nice to know that I’m going to be able to help a company solve some of their security problems. On the other hand, I left my house at 7:30am and got to my hotel here in Texas at just after 6:30pm. With the one hour time zone difference, I had been traveling for 12 hours. That sucks. And on Memorial Day of all days, a day which I would have otherwise had off. I also wish I didn’t have to leave the wife and 3 month old at home for a week at a time.
But, that’s the price I have to pay for being self employed. Sometimes I work extra hours because the work is there and you don’t know when it’s going to dry up. I was thinking about my situation the other day and I realized that I’ve been self employed for just over 18 months now. By contrast, this blog is 21 months old. I should probably have some sort of celebration or contest or something, but I’ve been building three other websites in addition to this blog, so I just don’t have the time to do something special. Maybe this October when I’ve been self employed for 2 years I’ll throw a blowout party and buy myself a kegerator. I’ve always wanted to have Guinness on tap.
I’ve gotten a few questions from my readers about how to find clients, and generally how to get started in consulting, so I’ve been trying to piece together an article or two about that. Also, I’ve been talking to the person who purchased the singlefounder.com website, trying to figure out if there’s a way we might be able to work together on the site to help other people who want to start their own companies. We’ll see how all that plays out. There’s a lot on my plate right now and I really don’t want to bite off more than I can chew. This week I should have time to make some serious headway on the articles, but it does make me wish that cloning technology would get better or that the days would get longer.