I’ve decided it’s time for a change professionally, so I’m moving on from Top10.com at the end of the week. It was a tough decision to make because there’s a lot of really cool and exciting things coming up in their future, but my problem is that between my salaried work and my extra-curricular work, my spare time is far more occupied than I’d like it to be. I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the two has to be chosen, and working for myself comes out ahead.
In the short term I’m going take a few weeks off, and then start writing my second book (I haven’t actually signed the contract for it yet, but it’s been given the go-ahead by my publisher). I’m also working as technical editor for Chris Mills’ book, so the plan is for the money from this and other writing to support me for a bit. I’m talking at more events this year, and the extra time I get will allow me to focus on getting better at that.
Longer term I’m in very early stage planning to put together a co-operative with some friends where we can put our considerable experience to use making interesting and exciting things. That’s about as defined as we are at the moment.
Depending on how long the co-op takes to get off the ground I may be doing some freelance work later in the year, and I’m always open to hearing offers about talks, writing and consultancy, so feel free to get in touch with me about that or any other opportunity you think I might be interested in. Or just get in touch for a chat, as it’s going to be pretty lonely working by myself for the next few months!
I wish the best of luck to everyone at Top10.com, and I’m very excited and apprehensive about being unemployed for the first time since I left school!