Interests are a broad topic but my business concept is not. I design and develop video games. I`m interested in creating games that have a lower overhead and cost less than what`s available now. I feel that 60 dollars a game has gotten way too expensive and the content has gone stale. I`m out to change the way people play and buy games with one of my company divisions, Nothing Like It Games.
I'm starting up a game and media company. Right now I'm working in an unrelated industry. I have two problems though:
1) My boss/his family's company is well known in the community. (I once got asked about him during a job interview at a different company) He even serves on different boards throughout the city IE local chamber of commerce.
2) Although we currently don't provide these services, I would be moonlighting doing the same job I do at work with my own clients. Example, I'm the online marketing person for my work. I would probably provide consultation/expertise in social to my own clients
So my questions:
1) Should I just let my boss know I'm doing something on the side? As the online marketing person, I'm the evangalist for all things social. So nearly half the company follows me on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. (Including my boss) Does it matter if its in a different, noncompeting industry?
2) We are a liquor distributor so our customers are pretty much every restruant, hotel, and corner shop in town. Although I would never use company contacts to pitch/sell. Would it look bad to my employer to be essentially doing the same job (online/social marketing) in my own business as my day job?
I'm trying to keep this as ethical as possible, but what would be the harm of me doing something like this when its not even the same industry? (I make games, they sell booze) I just worry it may be awkward running into my boss at any networking events. Any help you all can provide would be awesome.
Quick question: I'm thinking about naming my company Bite Sized Games. I thought that was pretty clever.There's no studio named that explicitly. However.. There is a company called the BBC which has a brand called BiteSized. As far as I see, it's a portal for many things (including games)
The fact is that it's over in Europe, and I'm in America. They also do more than just games. Am I playing with fire if I proceed? Am I too close to infringing?
I haven't posted on these forums in a really log time. About six months ago I began Interning as an Online Marketing coordinator. Aspects of my job include both graphic and web design, in addition to web analytics and social media marketing. It's alot to take in. But it's been very fun. It's also been suprisingly entreprenurial. Since this is virgin territory for my company, I am in essecence leading the charge. I'm looking for resources on both internet marketing and books/tutorials on how to increase my skill as a designer.
I graduated with a BFA in Game ARt and Design. So I have some skills in both Graphic Design and Web design but I can always improve. Likewise i've read some blog on internet marketing but since this is a new field it's hard to find a definitive source of how tos. With that in mind do you folks have any suggestions?
Thanks Craig, To be honest, it`s kind of a liberating feeling. Now I realize I have nothing to lose with that Job, and not all that much to gain either. I think you`re right about the way the new economy will be. Corporations became much too large and bloated. I think we`ll see a return to nimble places that can deliver things quickly.
I have not posted on this site in a long time. I have been spending my time finishing up my degree. I am now less than 2 months away! It is a great feeling. I am excited about the possibility of getting to work with games and websites which is something that i have always wanted to do.
I however, am reminded of the sobering realities of the current market. In my `for money` job I work as a supervisor at a clothing store. my store is not doing too well over all. Every other store in the district has had thier management staff reduced. Because of our underperformance, it looks like we are next. There are only six of us (including my boss) among those i am the only part timer. i am also the only one not `in charge` of a particular area of the business. I haven`t heard anything yet, but based on the cards i have, i may be the odd man out if it comes to it. The good news is I am graduating, I have wanted to leave the job for close to a year, and im building my tools to start a business. So it seems like the perfect time (if there is such a thing when it comes to getting laid off0)
But i guess the fear comes in when I hear about so many people unable to find work; or the fact that I am still working on creating my products.
So the advice i am seeking is what`s a guy to do? I am an adult capabale of making my own decisions but I am wondering what those of you in similar situations have done. I appreciate any insight you fine folks have to offer.