The Part-Time Indie…?


I think it’s neat to hear other’s stories about their software development journey and how they are building small indie business’ for themselves. I just got word about Manton Reece and his recent journey into this world:

There’s paperwork to do and code to write. There’s health insurance to figure out. But there are also some things that have already been wrapped up. My projects at work are in a good place, hopefully not needing constant maintenance. We just refinanced our house, so that’s a monthly savings, and something that I’m told is difficult without a “real” job.

I’m subscribed and can’t wait to read how he gets on.

Daniel Jalkut has some thoughts re: Manton as well:

From the start, I have been a “full time indie,” in that I have held no regular job, while Manton has been a “part-time indie”: fully employed while also shipping a stunning quantity and variety of apps and web services. I guess I’m better at quitting jobs, while Manton is better at shipping new apps. But I’ve known for a long time that Manton aspired to go full-time, so for most of these past seven years I’ve nagged at him: “did you quit your job yet?”

It makes me think about where I sit on this spectrum. I have indie projects, like Desk (and now Teeny Tokyo). I suppose I’m more of a part-time “indie” than anything else, since I have other large obligations to startups and the like.

Although, in some ways, they can feel more like contracts than anything else, moments of time where I’m working my butt off for them and then I move on to the next adventure and challenge.

It does make me ponder, once again, what I’m doing with my so-called “career” and if it’s the “right” one. Although, every single time I think about that I know that I won’t like the answer… yet it always just works. I can’t tell you why or how I found or discovered this cadence, but, to each his own.

I am so thankful for software and technology – it’s given me purpose and helped me create so much value for so many people. It feels good to be doing what I’m doing and for that I am infinitely and eternally grateful. It’s the best field and industry on the planet.