March 24, 2011 | Filed under: business0011
Thankyou Scott Fadick!, for alerting me to my blog giving some arcane error. I assume it was hacked, because I haven’t changed a thing, and wordpress was hugely out of date. Anyway, a simple one-click update to the latest version (things really have improved since I last went through wordpress upgrade hell), and it all seems fine again. Let me know if it isn’t.
That awful dread feeling I had when I’d finished a long (but very productive) days work, had a quick game of Battlefield:BC2, and thought it was time for a glass of wine and an episode of spooks…. and then to think the evening would be spent fiddling with databases and php….Bah. What a pleasant surprise to have it fixed so easily.
The trouble with being an indie is that such problems all become yours. If you are thinking of leaving a coding day job for indie software business, consider this:
- Do you want to be in charge of the design, code and management of your company’s website?
- Including the blog?
- And the forums?
- Do you want to be the one who talks to the accountant and works out stuff like VAT and corporation tax?
- Do you want to be in charge of choosing which subcontractors to hire, and haggling over how much to pay them?
- Are you confident your idea for a product is so good it can pay for your family for the next 2 years?
- Are you confident enough of financial success that you can set aside money for a pension, and if you are in the US, for private health care?
For a lot of people, the answer to all of that is ‘yes!’, but they fall at this next fence:
- Can you get out of bed promptly every morning, and go sit at a desk and do a full days work in your own home?
Most people can’t. It’s generally hard, although I have various tricks to make me do it. One day, I’ll give a talk at some games conference about it. or maybe a series of blog posts. Hmmmm.