I actually have some sort of a job again. Last year was a bit (too) slow.
The company went in a direction which I didn’t like. Doing some jobs I didn’t like, but was tempted by the money. Bad for the motivation. (motivation is everything!)
I made the decision not to do serial work. nothing above 10-15 parts per year. If I did I would have a nice stable running company by now, but in something I don’t like.
In januari this job opening came by, and I thought I wouldn’t be there for more than a few months. But I’m still there. I do a lot of hands on work (mould building at a cnc milling factory), but there is some engineering and drafting too, so running between my desk and the floor. Not bad actually.
So my company is allmost inactive for half a year now. Still doing some small stuff in the weekend and the evenings, but not much.
I kind of rolled in to this whole thing without thinking about it too much. Basically without a clear direction. Now that I don’t have to stress about getting orders, deadlines, and cashflow, I had some time to rethink the whole thing.
I won’t focus on building products for other people or companies anymore. I probably won’t do that kind of thing at all. I don’t have the motivation to build other peoples dreams and ideas, just for cash. If I can be involved in a cool product, co-developing it, it’s no problem, but just building, it’s not the thing for me.
So what’s left is building my own products. Something I was afraid of, depening upon. But that’s not the case now. I’m developing some cool stuff. Very motivated to start buidling (and maybe even mass producing, which I hope will be needed ).
On the practical side, I learned a lot. The most important is to make clear appointments. Just so boths sides are happy at the end of the road.
And ask enough money. If they think your price is too high, too bad for them, let them find a fool who does it for less. Most of the times they will come to you anyway if they need your quality. As I learned: They can complain about your price, but don’t let them complain about your quality.
So a few years in this thing is still just the start. I just got warmed up