I really want to become independent, earn enough with my own company that I can be completely free of the choices I make, work on my schedule and have complete ownership of my output.
But there is freedom in building a company as a side project.
You don’t have the pressure of earning enough money, of knowing if you’ll get work tomorrow. You still have people to interact with at your day job while you develop your community. You can simply switch to a new idea if the one you’re currently working on does not take off.
You have complete choice over your side-project. Your only limitation is time.
I’m starting to realize that it is a very interesting position to be in. You can create your own product, and still work on interesting topics at your day job. I’m very lucky to work in a place where I can easily grow.
The goal in my life will be to always have two focuses: the main one taking most of the work day, and a secondary one for testing my ideas with no risk associated. The main focus does not always have to be a day job, but it should be what lets you make a living.
When you are trying to sell something, you’re in the best position if you don’t want to sell it. The premise here is the same. If you’re working on you side project, the less you’re pushing for it to work for external reasons like money, the best work you’ll be able to do and the higher chances you have to make something out of it.
That does not mean it will work without doing anything. It will be really hard. But the chances will be slightly improved.
Quality from freedom, success from quality, and freedom from success.