After thinking about it for months, 6 months ago I made it official and left my 6 figures job (115k $) to focus on my own projects. Most things didn't go as planned, but I've learnt a lot, readjusted some things, and don't regret my decision.
One year and a half ago, I accepted a new position in a newly created startup. I would earn a similar amount of money that in my previous role with more responsibility, but I was going to jump to a remote position. That allowed me to become a nomad and save a lot of money—a dream.
In one year, we released the product from scratch, iterated and got an exciting amount of funding $$$. But I was doing my job in autopilot mode and without any motivation as I was doing in my previous role. And before that. And in the previous one. The product didn't motivate me. The money didn't motivate me.
Working in autopilot is something very scary in general, but maybe more when you are a designer and you are supposed to be the creative guy who leads the design team. I was tired of work, and I was tired of design. Was that feeling of losing my life, boredom and meaningless work going to be there forever?
The hyper specialisation mentality inside the market made me focus solely on design and ultimately made me feel like shit. I'm not a specialist, and happily, I've learnt that's fine. I've been coding here and there since I learnt 8 years ago, so I felt ready enough for the challenge of building my own stuff.
When I took the decision, I had savings for 3 to 5 years, and I already had started building my first startup GouBlue with some friends.
At that moment, my idea was to combine a big bet with other small bets, spending half of the time in GouBlue and half of the time trying to make other small products as an Indie Hacker.
At the same time, I started my blog nomadsamurai.com, open only for friends, to stay accountable for doing it.
During these months I had two big surprises that changed the plans completely.
I was leaving Switzerland (I used to live officially there) and all the pain of leaving my apartment in a moment that the contract didn't allow, selling all my stuff and doing all the paperwork frustrated me as I've never been before. I had several friends in Switzerland trying to move from their apartments at the same time, and all of them were suffering hell like me. So I teamed up with one of those friends and founded wetipi to solve the moving problem in Switzerland. We are working now on the MVP with a small team and looks like another big bet project that won't follow the bootstrapped path.
The second surprise came when, even with lots of savings, seeing my bank account going down made some of my nights an almost zero on my sleep account. I was very stressed. So much uncertainty in everything from one day to another made suffered a lot of anxiety. I was not productive, neither happy. Listening to other Indie Hackers, I decided to get a freelance contract to fill some hours per week and cover my expenses. It changed everything for good. I have to say that just filling some hours and having something stable helps a lot. Even if I have less time for my projects, it makes me more productive and focused on them. And I like working with my client.
Trying to make two startups work, working for one client and growing my blog. I've always followed a philosophy of diversification to decrease risks, but those are too many things at the same time to add a small side hustle to it...
That's why I had to reflect on what was important in my life and my objectives, and why I decided to leave my job in the first place. I want to maximise freedom (from, not to).
I started too many big projects. And my desire to working by myself in small projects is not satisfied. So I made certain decisions this month prioritising that:
I will start building in public and continuing writing on Twitter and my blog. And if I can inspire or bring some value to some readers, that would be awesome!
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