I have been planning to work on something of my own for a long time. I love to make things – make electronics, make software, make products, make companies etc. For the last 4 years and 3 months, I have been working with Ather as head of business software. My original plan was to work at Ather for 6 months and start something, but then life happened and 6 months plan become 4 year plan.
End of march 2020, my gig with Ather is finally done and I am planning to work on a bunch of things. These are the things that I am most excited to work on:
- mralbert – A GST filing service for freelancers and consultants (only in India)
- cashflowy – An open source accounting software for small business owners
- switchless.io – An open source tech stack that helps reduce your switching cost.
- asyncauto – A specialised software consulting dev shop.
- highlyreco – Recommendations from people you look up to.
A pinch of self doubt
I do have a good amount of self doubt. Will I be successful in atleast one of these products? Will I make enough money to survive, if not thrive? Will I have to go back to a regular job. Timing is also something that I am slightly bothered by. I quit job at a time when markets are not doing well due to the corona situation.
Here is how I mitigate my self doubt:
- I am reasonably skilled.
- I have enough money saved up to last me a year
- I really enjoy working on my own/I hate working in a large company. I really really don’t want to go back and get a job.
Updated April 9th, 2020, from Bangalore, India.