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Monday, May 30, 2005

Free from 9 to 5

There is a new blog about getting rid of your daily job (Free from 9 to 5). Lately there are a lot of these kind of dreamers. But they really won't get far with this daydreaming. What they usually need is an action. And I'm not talking about quiting your dayjob and starting from scratch. If the motivation or confidence for a start is not high enough then there are may excellent books available like Guy Kawasaki with his "Art of the Start". And Seth Godin has many excellent writings about starting (eg "bootstrappers bible").

So you definitely must stop daydreaming and start making yourself a clear plan and work with it. Evaluate ideas (not just brainstorming but evaluating), network with enthusiasts and be sure you are not starting anything just for the money.
Link: Free from 9 to 5

If someone told me 10 years ago, when I was in college, that I would be working for one of Southern California’s largest employers, doing software development and being paid handsomely to boot, I’d be ecstatic. Well, I am working for that employer now, doing software development and being paid very well, but I’m far from ecstatic. In fact, I don’t want this anymore. I don’t want a daily 2 hour round trip commute. I don’t want to spend 8-10 hours a day stuck in a cubicle. I don’t want to deal with office politics.

Now, I want to work for myself. I want to work where I want, when I want. I don’t mind working more than 40 hours a week, but I want to set my own schedule. The Internet makes all this within reach. I just need to go out and do it. This is easier said than done though. As I struggle with this, I hope to explore what others are doing and how they’re doing it here. I hope you will find it informative and maybe even helpful if you are striving towards the same goal.

Update! After re-reading Eric's "free from 925" (9 to 5 ;) blog more carefully I noticed that he is indeed making progress. Erik, my appologies about being rough and hopefully I was not talking about you but just about daydreamers in general. Have fun with your venture!

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