Fredrik Wahrman


by edi on Jul.22, 2010, under Personal, iPhone development

Freedom, the chance to do whatever you want, whenever you want.

Still some months ago that concept would have been quite unfamiliar to me. Sure, during my free time I could do whatever I wanted, but, as most of the week was occupied by work (in average like 10 hours a day if you count the time I spent commuting) I still felt like I was trapped, working for someone else, fulfilling someone else’s dream, without much chance to realize myself and without any chance of learning totally new technologies, ie, no chance to do something fun.

Work had become routine. Boring. Meaningless.

However, in my head I still thought that work should be something that you do because it’s fun, not just because you get a salary. It should be something you do and can be proud about, something that you’d want to tell others, something that’d actually give back more than it takes away.

Together with those ideas I had also for a long time dreamt about having a company of my own, a company where I could realize my own ideas and where everything I did, both good or bad, directly would show up in either happy, or not so happy, customers. But, however, due to the laziness of human nature nothing had so far come of this, instead I was settling for a regular income with regular working hours, I was caught.

Luckily though, I wasn’t the only one thinking of founding a company, my cousin had also been thinking about it for a long time, so when a good opportunity came in April, to get some initial marketing effort for an iPhone game, we decided in the course of less than a week, to actually do something, to stop talking, planning and dreaming of things that could be and instead just do them and see what will be.

So, we founded TicBits Ltd (TicBits Ab / TicBits Oy).

TicBits Ltd was founded on April 12th 2010, and our registration was officially approved on April 23rd. Since then we’ve been working full speed, first releasing iAssociate 2 on May 21st, after which we’ve been busy creating more content for it as well as working on our other ideas. (More about those later on, cool things are on their way, trust me! =))

Anyway, as TicBits Ltd was founded I felt that this was it, this is the dream coming true, a chance to get a taste of freedom, to get rid of the boring routine of working nine to five, with the same projects over and over again. And, as I write this, that freedom is now just around the corner. For the last few weeks I’ve already been on vacation (ie, working on TicBits stuff =)), and after my vacation is over I’ve only got a few days left at the old office after which I’m finally free!

Ever since TicBits Ltd was founded I’ve split my time between TicBits and my old employer, so that I’d work a couple of weeks with TicBits stuff after which I’d be at the office for a couple of weeks. Those weeks that I’ve spent working with TicBits have been the best of my life. Sure, my working hours have probably been twice the amount I’d put in at the office, but never has it felt tiring, never has it felt as if I wouldn’t want to do it. It’s been fun since day one, and it just keeps getting better all the time!

Nothing beats the feeling of going out for a long lunch, without having to look at what the time is, without having to care about when to get back or how long you can stay. Or taking a break at say 10 in the evening, just to go downtown to a patio for a beer, to get a chance to clear the head a bit before then returning back to work.

So, for those of you out there dreaming I can just say, the sooner you start turning your dreams into reality the better. Don’t waste your lives working with something you don’t believe in, money isn’t everything, fun and freedom are worth so much more! Believe in yourself and soon the world will follow… =)

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