Fredrik Wahrman

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10 Reasons why it kicks ass to have your own company

by edi on Nov.16, 2010, under Personal

TicBits Ltd

As a followup to yesterdays 10 Reasons why it sucks to have your own company here’s my list of 10 reasons why it kicks ass to have your own (game development) company.

The 10 best things, in no particular order:

  1. No more 8 hour workdays =) I’ve managed to switch to 14 hour workdays instead and it kicks ass! (And weekends are nowadays just a myth)
  2. It’s like a hobby, fun as hell! (and just as expensive).
  3. Doing “research” is awesome! Based on the amount of “research” we’ve done you should expect a Star Craft II killer any day now.
  4. GDC in California when the weather  is shitty back here in Finland.
  5. You get to make BIG decisions, like just last week when we were deciding what kind of beer to get for our new fridge. (I now understand why some executives suffer from stress)
  6. You get to do a lot of different things. Business meetings, investor meetings, software development, game design and janitoring.
  7. When something goes wrong and you need to find someone to blame all you need to do is look in the mirror.
  8. People always say that lots of money brings lots of problems. At least that’s one thing we don’t have to worry about, something that should compensate for the stress we get from the BIG decisions.
  9. If you worry about job security this is the dream job.
  10. You get to create these kind of Top 10 lists during working hours.

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10 Reasons why it sucks having your own company

by edi on Nov.15, 2010, under Personal

TicBits LtdIt’s been a bit over a half year now since TicBits Ltd was founded and I thought I’d share some thoughts on how it’s been, switching from a steady paycheck to a more uncertain future. I thought that it’d be best to get the negative things over with so I’ll publish them now and tomorrow publish the positive things.

The 10 worst things that I’ve noticed so far, in no particular order:

  1. It’s really hard to “steal” office supplies when you already own everything in the company.
  2. Long washroom breaks can no longer be considered as beating the system.
  3. Hard to bitch about management, at least behind their backs.
  4. I can no longer relate to Dilbert.
  5. Since our company doesn’t have a large enough budget we’ve been unable to hire consultants to tell us what our company values should be. It makes me feel lost and incomplete.
  6. Now that I don’t get an annual development discussion I won’t be able to develop my skills anymore. (A raise might also be hard to come by as I have a feeling that performance reviews are also out of the question)
  7. No more pointless meetings means no more time to hone up on my iPhone gaming skills.
  8. No more “fun” and “interesting” company Xmas gifts, bye bye food baskets, scarves and wine bottles, you will be missed.
  9. There’s no longer development cycles where most projects are missing specs. Instead it’s now more consistent with all projects missing specs.
  10. Hmm, I can’t think of anything else, so I guess there’s only 9 bad things. But anyway, don’t say you haven’t been warned of the horrors of having your own company!

Update: The second part has now been published 10 Reasons why it kicks ass to have your own company

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