I’ve noticed a trend amongst young tech entrepreneurs. They all have their 9 to 5 paying gigs but they also have a “side project”. Is it just me or should that phrase die a terrible, miserable death? Not because I disagree with it but because I have yet to see a single one of those side projects turn into actual companies.
I know there’s something cool about being able to tell all of your friends about your cool new idea and how one day, it’s going to hit critical mass and make you friggin’ rich and then you can finally quit your day job! Take that, Corporate America!
The problem is, if you have any intention of making money from your side project, STOP CALLING IT A SIDE PROJECT. You are building a company, first and foremost. You should be thinking about this concept all day and all night and if you keep referring to this supposed business as a mere side project, it will never turn out to be anything more. If you’re writing some cool open-sourced gems just for fun, THAT is a side project. If you inadvertently referred to my startup as side-project, you better be prepared to get pimp slapped.
Entrepreneur? I call bullshit. Start acting like one.