Lots of people want their own start-ups, and it isn’t too hard to see why. People think that having a start-up of their own is going to give them the sort of freedom that they never would have been able to enjoy when they were still employees, and that is at least partly true. People who work on their own businesses can at least set their hours a little more. They can also take their businesses in the direction that they actually want, instead of fulfilling the mission of their bosses. That’s going to make all the difference for a lot of people, especially if they want to feel like they’re in charge of their own proverbial destinies in a whole new way.
If you’re in software, you’re probably going to feel like a start-up is one of those things that you have to cross off of your master to-do list. It will probably be the thing that you remind yourself that you were supposed to do each and every New Year’s Eve until you finally decide to sit down and do it. Many people go into software in the first place with the intention of starting their own businesses, usually after learning about all of the people who did that and went on to become millionaires.
If you love both software and money, this is going to feel like a natural step. Some people will probably tell you that if you know a lot about coding, you’re basically just slacking off if you’re still an employee and you haven’t started your own exciting new business yet. Believe me, I know: I have friends who will remind me of this every now and again, and I’ll have to give them variations on the same speech when I justify my decision to stay an employee for the time being.
All I can say is that I like stability. I like knowing how much money I’m going to make from one year to the next. It’s actually one reason why I got into software in the first place. I wanted a career in a lucrative field. If I was going to take the kind of risk that a start-up represents, I would have become an actor or musician. I probably would have had more fun, and the risk would have been only slightly lower. My dream was for a stable and lucrative job. I didn’t want to chase fame and fortune I probably wouldn’t get.