Career development and goals for freelancers?
Dear Indie Hackers, I've got a question about how to to go from consulting to building your own product and how feasible is it in the first place?
First, some context: Myself and a couple of college friends have been thinking of starting our own business for quite a few years now. Most of us work in dev shops doing client work and one of us is in a startup. We're also all technical and all studied either math or physics.
We're most likely going to set up our own shop in the fall and I've already had meetings with prospective clients who seem to have development needs, so I'm relatively confident that we can sell ourselves. Our ultimate ambition, though, is to go from consulting to building a product. At the end of the day, we want to sell software, not hours.
Our current reasoning is that we'll aim to do consulting in industries where we can get exposure to interesting problems which we could then convert into building a product. Does that sound sensible? Are there some obvious pitfalls we're not thinking about?
How hard is it, in general, to go from consulting to building a product? Will we always be beholden to the hamster wheel of selling hours to keep the lights on?