This week marks my return to independent development. I’ve had the pleasure of working with a great team, a mix of experienced developers and enthusiastic newcomers. The pay was good, the work flexible (100% remote was available), and I had direct input into the products. I worked for this company 11 years ago and it was the best job I’d ever had. I returned 11 years later and it was still the best job ever.
So why leave?
Several ideas for products have come my way over the last two years. Some of the ideas were my own, some came from others, and some are the offspring of those ideas. I’ve attempted to bring these ideas to light in my spare time. After a year of trying, I realized that there was never going to be enough spare time to make the things I wanted.
Making something worthwhile requires dedicated time. Time to plant the seeds of an idea. Time to nurture the idea and watch it grow. Time to prune it, so that it can find its intended form.
I’ve learned that you can do something full-time or part-time but never sometime.