I`ve been up, and I`ve been down. Gotta tell ya....being up is sure a
whole lot more fun! ;-) I think maybe Billie Holiday said that?
In the past couple of years, finally getting serious about starting a
business, it`s been an amazing journey downward. There`s what you think
you "need" when you start out, then there`s what you find out you
really do need, when you have nothing.
Now, finally starting the slow spiral upward from the bottom, I have a
huge amount of respect for just exactly how much most of us take for
granted, and what we believe we really really need to have to be "just
I was at a party, one time, with a family. The oldest son was
complaining that it was just impossible nowadays to find an affordable
house. The economy was too hard, money too tight, prices too high, and
so on. The grandmother asked how much he was looking to spend?
This guy said he couldn`t even see a listing for under $150,000.
Grandma talked about how in her day, houses were $15,000, but they only
earned a few dollars a day. The son told her that in today`s world,
even with inflation, it was impossible.
So I asked why he didn`t look for a house in Wyoming, or Montana, or
New Mexico? He said, "There`s no decent jobs in those places! The only
place that`s worth working is around the Chicago area."
See the problem? How important is the house? Is it more important then
where he works or what job he has? If ALL he wants is a house, he can
still find one for well below the $150K. But that`s not "all he wants."
He also wants to stay in an area where houses are well above that
You can`t have it both ways. How important is starting the business?
You`d be surprised how little you can live on when you have nothing.
You learn all about different ways to shop, to cook, to fix things, and
so on---things you never thought you`d have to do, or knew how to do.
And just as importantly: how important does your *wife* think this starting a business idea is?
Oh, now there ya go...! Andrew`s got a brilliant suggestion with the
telecommuting! I`m not sure if it`s the same in France, but here in the
US, with gas prices, gridlock on the highways, not much of a public
train system, it`s a big thing.
More enterprise organizations are finding they just can`t afford to
keep all those cubicles and connections for everyone, particularly when
so much of what many employees do is on the computer. Telecommuting
from home, or "hotel-ling" where there`s a shared cubicle for people
coming in to meetings is growing.
You could likely make a financial case to your boss, particularly since
you`re in IT, and although you`d want to be honorable in your hours,
you`d at least have no commute for that one day...or maybe more days.
Tarek - try Firefox 2 with spellchecker.
Nikole, no fair accosting someone using English as a second language on
their spelling. ;-) We here in the States, rarely even know a second
language at all. People in Europe routinely learn some amount of
English (at least). I think its commendable, and so what if the
spelling might not be perfect?