A New Job in the New Year

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Yesterday in my 2009 new year’s resolutions post, I alluded to, “some exciting things,” which will prevent me from building my business. The exciting thing is a new job.

I spent just over a year with Kauffman & Associates, Inc., and although I really enjoyed the people and the company, the work wasn’t exactly what I wanted to be doing. The projects themselves were great, but it was no great secret around the office that my skills weren’t being fully utilized. Although I was learning ColdFusion, the language I know best is PHP and that’s where I want to build my skills.

A couple of months ago I found an ad on Craigslist for a local PHP developer position at Zipline Interactive. I applied, interviewed, and got the job. I’m excited about furthering my knowledge in PHP, especially as it relates to eCommerce and online transactions. That’s an area in which I’ve always been weak (read: don’t know anything), and I have wanted to learn for several years.

So how will this impact my business? It basically means that I won’t be able to take new clients. To do so would be to compete directly with Zipline Interactive, and since I want to keep my job there, I’m more than willing to have my business take a little hiatus. A sabbatical, as it were.

As I mentioned yesterday, I can work on some infrastructure things (like creating an organized filing system) that I have neglected over the years. I’m also in the process of reading The Business Side of Creativity, which I’m hoping will help me get things in line for when I eventually break away and do my own thing full time.

When will that be? I have no idea. The prospect is both liberating and terrifying all at once. Kris knows all about the pain and the pleasure self-employment can bring. It’s a scary step for sure, but it’s a long way off, so I’ll have plenty of time to prepare.

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3 Comments

  1. Jimmy

    Hey Thomas,

    This is the guy that replaced you at Fox. I read your blog every once in a while (like to keep up on local bloggers) and thought I’d say congratulations on the move. I saw this ad on Craigslist as well and considered applying, but I’m glad I didn’t. It appears now that it would’ve been a waste of time.

    Again, congratulations and good luck to you!

  2. Hey Jimmy! Good to hear from you, and thanks for the kind words.

  3. LG

    Congrats on the new move! That’s wonderful. I’m always so happy to see people when they have the chance to take a jump into something they are passionate about. Good luck and keep us updated!

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