Each day I’m struggling to determine how I want to proceed with the future, and what role I’d like to undertake.
Currently, I run a company which employs just me. I spend most of my time building websites for other design companies and marketing agencies. I mainly convert PSD’s to HTML/CSS and build backends in PHP/MYSQL and sometimes .NET.
I don’t mind doing this job, but when you’re splitting designs up it tends to get tedious, doing the same thing all the time, just with a different layout.
Then there’s the backend side of things, I really enjoy doing those, but, although I class myself as a good programmer, I find the limited budget on projects prevents me from being able to plan what I’m going to do, I end up just building it from ideas in my head. Usually, I get to the final product and I’m not happy with it. It works, but I feel I could of done it better.
So, that leaves me to target clients directly, which I’m currently trying to do, but I’m so busy working evenings and weekends at the minute, I’m finding it difficult to go out and find these clients. Even when I get new clients, do I really want then want to spend time doing meetings and proposals, which depending on the clients budget is difficult to incorporate into the costing of the site.
Should I start building web apps? I don’t know. I look at some of the stuff 37 signals have done, and I could never have come up with something so bloody simple…but effective. I’ve no doubt I could build the solution, but it wouldn’t be as easy to use as their stuff. When I think about building web applications, I struggle to actually think of what I could build, there are already so many apps for all sorts of different things available on the net.
Then, I’m a qualified teacher, and currently expanding on that studying a degree in Education (part-time). So part of me thinks I should blend my development skills with my teaching knowledge and do something relating to e-learning, but what? where would I start. I don’t want to teach…I don’t like it, but I wouldn’t mind helping teachers to use the web more effectively for teaching, i.e. help build learning objects etc.
I have so many options available to me, but I don’t particularly have a passion for any of them. I think I’m good at what I do, but I don’t know how I want to apply it. Maybe I’m thinking to negatively?
I always come up with ideas…“I’m going to do this, or that”, but I lose interested in a couple of weeks, it’s so damn frustrating.
I’m sure I’m not the only one in this kind of position? and just wondered if anyone had any advice?