change of mind (but my heart’s still singing the same tune)
Wait a minute! Stop the presses! I started looking for the best companies to work for, I wanted to work with awesome people and make awesome things for awesome people, change some lives, you know? But I just LOVE LOVE LOVE being an entrepreneur.
Mulierose is great and I’ve learned a lot over the past year. Having a say over it all, holding the high level creative and business strategy. But at the same time I keep thinking back to Mark Busse’s article on Design Edge about starting a business fresh out of school. I’m not fresh out of school, but I want to make sure that I can deliver a quality product to my customers.
So when IS the best time to go solo?
I’ve been charging for my design thinking for ten years now, and been doing it long before I was paid to do it. I’ve worked hard at my day job and moonlighting gigs, sought out and given advice whenever I can, stretched my mind and expanded my skills; I’ve put in my 10,000 hours.
I keep thinking about Ideo, Google – great companies, smart employees, innovative products. That’s where I’ve always wanted to end up. But now I’ve had a change of mind, a more direct approach – I want it to be mine. My brain child, my solution, my team.
Not that it’s all about me.
I want a team of awesome people to work with. I want to teach them and learn from them. Quick and nimble, working on innovative projects that contribute to the well-being of mankind. Make tough decisions, manage hard projects, break the mold (if warranted), care about more than the paycheque and to be a champion of the end user.
Yes I want to be on top of it all, but I also want to take talented individuals up the ladder with me.
So the question to get me started on starting small as a solo-preneur is: How can I help you? What do you need that you’re having trouble finding elsewhere? What problem can design solve for you?