In last week’s newsletter I asked these slightly introspective questions:
What changes are you expecting in your business? What is something positive that happened in your business in 2016, and how can you repeat that success in 2017?
It’s important to take a breather and really analyze where you’re at and what’s working so you can more reliably chart a path forward.
The start of a new year seems as good a time as any.
Great question; here’s my answer:
After chasing the SaaS dream for 6 years, this was the year I decided to switch direction. My modestly successful app, Best Attendance
, launched in 2011 and went through the long slow SaaS ramp of death to the point where it started to make good, but not “quit your day job” money.
After trying to grow the business and launching some failed spinoff products, I’ve decided I’m just not interested in doing the bootstrapped SaaS thing anymore.
I did launch a new venture in 2016 (having nothing to do with software), Twin Cities Drone School - I give one-day test prep seminars for the new FAA Remote Pilot Certificate exam.
Unlike my software ventures, this business is actually fun!
I’ve found that having a day job + doing some fun non-software side projects is a good model. I’m much less stressed and more happy than back in the days were I thought employment was evil and SaaS was the answer.
(Thanks Joel, for letting me share your note with everyone)
I know there are a lot of people who read this newsletter entertaining the notion of stepping away from their chosen business
(SaaS, info products, or anything, really), with mixed feelings about possibly looking at other options.
This is your life. You have to design a life that makes you happy.
Am I oversimplifying this? Oh yeah. This stuff is hard.
Is Gary V. oversimplifying this? Oh yeah. Again: this stuff is hard.
But take heart in knowing we’re all just figuring this out.
So, in figuring this thing called life out, it’s okay if you should happen to decide that what is right for you may not be what that guru guy in that one startup scene you follow thinks is right.
“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”
Go with your gut. You do you. :)