The Journey

Where I'm headed and why.

It’s been a long journey up to this point. I’ve studied a lot, put in a ton of work, and have seen a small amount of success.

Now that things are tending in the right direction, where am I going to take my life? What am I going to do intentionally to keep it on course for success. What even is the end result?

That’s a lot of questions, and some of which I will answer over time.

The short-term journey looks like this:

  1. Automate (make self-maintaining) my first product.
  2. Study for a remote developer job.
  3. Get a remote job.
  4. Make more products.
  5. Get out of debt.
  6. Quit my job.
  7. ???

That’s it. That’s the rough road-map. It’s not pretty, and it’s not easy either. There are some large assumptions and gaps that need to be filled in.

So, automating my first product (the Closet Assistant) is a no-brainer. I want to have the app in place to be able to handle sign-ups, cancellations, and have a steady flow of traffic from SEO.

Right now it handles all three of those marginally. Occasionally I have to step in and do some manual work just because of how poorly it was set up the first time. I’d like to redo the whole app, but that’s for another day.

So, the next step is to get out of my physical corporate job and go remote. Right now I am spending anywhere from 90 - 120 minutes on my commute daily, and the 9AM - 5PM doesn’t bode well for my circadian rhythm. I’ve wrote about my ideal day before, and I’m sure I’ll talk about it again soon.

Since I don’t actually have any formal training in web development, it would be difficult for me to land a specific position at a company. If the position was called ‘all things web and indie’ then I would be the best candidate I know.

In the next few months, I’ll need to decide whether I want to be a front-end engineer, back-end, or a full-stack (most likely full-stack). That, or I could focus on growth and marketing for SAAS products. Oh, and maybe (just maybe) I could be a product guy.

The experience I’ll get from making apps and being an entrepreneur will definitely shine on my resume, but my experiences lack in other more specific areas.

So, once I decide the job I want, then I will work on learning the specific skills, tools, and languages I’ll need to stick out.

After I land a remote job, I can start framing my days a little differently. It won’t be incredibly different, but different enough for me to change up my habits in a way where the day works for me, instead of me working against the day.

That should allow me to free-up some time to spend on making more products, making more money, and ultimately getting completely out of debt (and building somewhat of a decent asset to manage).

At that time, I can quit my job because I won’t need the income for my bills. I would be able to live off of the businesses and apps I have created. My wife will have probably formed some sort of business asset at that point as well.

The goal is flexibility and living without limitations. Want to go to that conference? Sure! We’ve got the money and the time. It’s just a matter of deciding what’s important to us.

Ultimately I’d like to help others, as well. Help them financially, with my time, and by building things with them. Freeing up my time by not working a traditional job should allow me to focus on doing that more strategically. I already do it, but it’s more of an afterthought instead of the thing I do everyday.

How long will this take? I’m not sure. It could be as short as 6 months, it could be as long as 3 years. If it takes longer than that, then I might have to rethink my approach. But, that’s what this daily blog is for. Rethinking my approach and adjusting when needed (or reinforcing when needed).