I’ve been freelancing now for almost two years. Last November I took a contract to build a WordPress plugin for Varsity News Network. It was a big job and they realized they would need me for a lot more than they could afford so we started talking about working for equity in the company.
Almost a year and a half later VNN has been growing pretty solidly and a few weeks ago we took investment. Now we’re Big Time.
The obvious questions are how this is going to affect my life. Firstly I’ll be working full time on VNN. As part owner instead of employee I have some flexibility in when and where I work though, so I’m not entirely losing the Freelance Freedom.
Secondly I’ll be continuing my own company, codeventure, but in a project manager role, and having the coding done by sub-contractors. I have a guy right now that I think I can keep going full time. Heavens knows I was going full time.
The dream of course is that VNN will hit the startup lottery and sell for a bazillion dollars someday soon, but the reality is that it’s going to be a lot of work for years. THEN sell for a bazllion dollars. 🙂
Anyone who’s worked on a startup knows that hard work, passion, and a great product CAN result in success, but there are no promises at all. We shall see what happens.