18. April, 2005 - tumult

The weekend, it was a pretty good one. I got the taxes dealt with on Friday and got a little work done. Saturday, Bill and I played gun nuts, stopping by KGS to talk to Mark, and then heading over to the big gun-show at the Fairgrounds. I ran into my step-uncle and aunt there, and talked to them for a few minutes. I also fulfilled my BAG Day obligation. Then Bill and I hung out and just gabbed for a while. It was nice to catch up. Sunday, up to mom’s for shopping and lunch, then down to St. Paul for the Saints Season Ticket Holder Party. More catching up with people I haven’t seen for a few months, plus some pretty darned good beer. When that was done, it was home for a quiet evening, since I figured this week was going to be one that should be full of work, and I wanted to hit it full-steam this morning.

Which brings me to today. I’d already gotten one bit of news over the weekend that’s going to affect my business some (I haven’t figured out how yet), and when I checked my email this morning, there was a message telling me of another change that’s really going to affect my business. Now this isn’t completely unexpected — I’ve known for months that I would have to spend some time refocusing the business. We offer too many different services: Mac programming, web programming, web design, and QA and tech support. I’ve tried to be too many things to too many people. And much of that was by design. I would like to be a full-service operation. The problem is that there are too many of those different tasks that fall on my shoulders, and as such, I had to turn down what sounded like a perfect gig for my company because I wasn’t sure I could handle the responsibilities that would come with it.

I’m not looking for sympathy here. The biggest problem is that I’ve been trying to do too much, and haven’t been successful in delegating. I knew that. I even had some ideas about how to improve. But with the news that hit this weekend, I’m not sure if I want to improve, or whether I should maybe just update my resume and start looking around for a full-time job. That would definitely be simpler. And probably a lot more remunerative, if what I’m hearing about the job market is true. But it would also be more restrictive. I’d be working to someone else’s schedule, and at someone else’s location.

Anyway, I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’ve got a few days before I need to panic, and I’ve still got a lot of work I need to get done this week, so I’ll probably concentrate on that, but it’s also time to sort out the long-term plans. If you see me in person, and I seem distracted, that’s probably what’s got me thinking.

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