That Crazy Little Thing Called Life

You might have noticed that I haven’t posted all that much lately.

My contract concluded at the end of November last year, and a few weeks earlier I was thinking that I’d have a ton of time to make regular updates. I’d even made a bit of a resolution to myself to try and get a post out each day.

But as they say, the best laid plans of mice.

On the Friday, the week before the contract ended I recieved a call from a friend whom I’d worked with a few years prior and with whom I’d hadn’t seen for a couple of years. He, and a couple of partners, had formed a startup business about three years ago and had just come into some government grant money, and had found a new investor. He wanted to know what I had planned, which considering the contract was running out wasn’t very much at all. I was told that the funding was going to allow them to get some outside development help for the mundane tasks that needed doing on a day to day basis, and that this would free him to take the application to the next level.

I was asked if I wanted to work for them.

The catch was that they didn’t want to take on any full-time employees due to the on-going costs, insurance, taxes, superannuation, etc; that they’d face with a limited budget. This meant that I’d have to go beyond contracting and become a freelance software guy.

I thought about it for a couple of days and told my friend that I’d be in it, with the condition that I’d be free to take on other work. He was okay with that.

A few days later, I signed the papers to create my company.

So… I’m now a businessman with a Pty Ltd (kind of like a LLC I think.)

At the same time, after years of being past the all-my-friends-are-getting-married stage of life, two of them decided to tie the knot with their respective girlfriends. Five days apart. One in Sydney, the other here in Adelaide.

So on the first of January I took off with the other groomsman and drove to Sydney via Dubbo and the Western Plains Zoo to be best man on the 5th.

That done, we drove the long way down the coast to get back to Adelaide on the 9th (for a total distance of 4000 kilometers) and another wedding the next day. And of course, I started work on the Monday and have been pretty busy since.

Of course it wasn’t all weddings and business.

I decided to take it easy in December and just play some games.

I mentioned in my last post I spent a session in STO before Christmas, but for the most part I played Everquest 2, and took my Shadowknight from level 25 to level 60 (achieved late on December 31st.)

That was pretty good because that was the goal I’d set. I was secretly hoping to get to 70, but really didn’t think was realistic. (I have no idea how Stargrace, or anyone else for that matter, can get to 80 as quick as they do.) I’m now hoping to reach 70, or even 75 before the expansion is released.

I’m not sure if that’s achievable due to the amount of work I need to do for the business, there’s so much to learn! but I’ll give it a decent try.

And of course that leads me to the major point of this rambling stream of consciousness that I’m calling a post.

That crazy little thing called life (with ap0logies to Freddy) has thrown a great opportunity my way. But it’s not one without cost.

Running a business, when it’s more than just an attempt at a work at home job, means that there’s a lot of stuff to do. I’ve been a software developer for over 25 years now and it’s something I understand (and do) pretty well. A business on the other hand means paperwork, accounting, marketing and sales, and perhaps most importantly, managing my time in order to give each their due. I’m learning now how much I don’t understand, even though I thought I had a lot of it figured out previously.

The cost I expect that I may have to pay is a severe reduction in the amount of time I have to play games, and along with that the time I have to blog about them. While I’m not quitting the game blogger scene — I’ll be squeezing in the gaming and writing whenever I have a chance — I won’t be fitting stuff in around this activity, it will be the other way around. Gaming, unfortunately, will have to be scaled back a tad.

So that one post a day resolution?

Just blame life.


  1. Ysharros

    Sounds like it’s been pretty exciting! I was waiting for this update and I’m glad things seem to be going well. I’m not making it online (well in-game anyway) as much as I’d like right now either, but that’s fine by me.

    If I had a single piece of advice from my own company owning days it would be “Get An Accountant” but I think I gave you that already. 😉

  2. Longasc

    One of my friends also became a freelancer in another business, and guess what he thought – he thought he could plan his work time as he wanted and so on. *cough*

    I guess you know how it ended. He now says he has the other problem, he is thinking too much about his work and is basically never really finished with it, he just cannot stop it and he is indeed busy most of the time.

    It takes some effort to make him stop working, so you not posting on your own blog daily is a rather venial sin… 😉

  3. Stropp (Post author)

    @Ysharros — yep. You did give that advice. Which I had already taken many years ago when I first gave my taxes to an accountant to do and found that I ended up with a significantly better return. Ever since I let the experts handle what they are good at.

    @Longasc — At the moment my expectation is to expect nothing to go in the direction that I’m expecting, except that I’ll be learning a heck of a lot of new stuff!

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