Quitting my job with vague plan, no product.
Hi, I’m Ian. I’m just another dude leaving the corporate world to start my own company. Here’s my deal.
Feb 17th is the big day
T-minus 14 days to…bold new business opportunity? Unemployment? Yes.
I have two weeks left of the ‘ole IT support day job. I’ve been in the industry ten years, but got burned out. It happens.
The first spark of burnout came three years back. I needed a path out. So I taught myself to program and started building. A webapp, natch. Something I knew pretty well, help desk software. That’s the software folks like me use to keep track of customer problems.
Three years ago that market was just sad. Help desk software was hard to use and it was slow. I saw an opportunity to build something better
Driving below the speed limit
Say hi to Keylime. I released it. But I did it on the side, very very slowly. Life kept interrupting me too. I moved to a new state, got married, bought a house, and stayed crazy busy with my day job.
Man, I paid a price for being so slow. While I wasn’t paying attention, the help desk software market exploded. Everyone was building simple help desk software now. Pay attention at your next family gathering. It’s entirely possible your Great Aunt Nellie has written a web based help desk system that you can try free NOW for 30 days, no credit card required!
There’s a problem with several well-funded competitors getting there before you did. You have to fight harder for a smaller piece of the pie. Why not find a different pie instead?
Pivot is a five letter word, not four
I decided it’s time to pivot. Pivot is a magical word. It’s way more concise than saying “Abandon old deluded plan, find new deluded plan.” So I’m pivoting.
I can pivot in two directions. Pivot left, and I take my help desk software and apply it to a specific kind of business. Help desk software for dog groomers? Or I can pivot right, and build a new product for a new industry.
But why not just keep working part time? Well, on top of being too slow, I made a second mistake. I didn’t get out of the house and talk to customers before I started building. For this this pivot to work, I’m going to have to do some serious door knocking, pavement pounding, old school hustling. I need to get out there, talk to businesses, understand their problems, and see if I’m the man with the vision to fix’em.
That’s the plan. I couldn’t see doing all that part time, so I quit. I got a vague plan and no product. But I have an itch to take a risk, and to strike out on my own.
Here goes something.