After reading Shane’s post about setting goals I decided I needed to sit down and plan out my next year. 2007 has been a great year for me both personally and professional. I see 2008 as a year of growing and refining what I started in 2007.
To see where I am going, I need to know where I’ve been. Some of the major highlights of 2007 have been:
- Got married
- Started my own business to do custom software development, Little Stream Software
- Moved my family up to Oregon
- Flew across an ocean (Kauai rocks)
- Meet at least 84 new people
- Grow my business to make $100,000 in revenue in 2008
- Finish my personal and business emergency savings
- Get 3 paid Ruby on Rails projects
- Grow my RSS and newsletter subscribers to 500 people
- Redesign my core websites
- Participate on 10 Open Source projects
- Incorporate my business
- Write a short ebook ( 30 to 100 pages)
- Contribute a patch to Ruby on Rails
Scare yourself goal
My first goal of growing my business to make $100,000 in revenue is my “scare yourself” goal. Compared to what I have made, $100,000 is such a large number it terrifies me. Even if every month I made as much as best month, I would still come up short. I see three solutions to fill this gap:
- Charge more
- Work more
- Get creative
Option #1 will not work. I am already charging were I should be at, upping my rate will start to price me out of my bread and butter projects.
Option #2 is also a no go. I started my business to have more time with my family, not to have less time.
So that leaves Option #3, get creative. I will be thinking though the details of this option but think of it now as using leverage to complete more work.