I've officially been unemployed for two weeks now (today starts the third week). In that time I've created a DBA, created an LLC with the state of Arkansas, gotten an EIN for that LLC, and I've put out the initial website for the company. Nothing sexy and definitely not the final version, but I of course needed to grab the domain name and wanted something there other than just a godaddy parked page. And just for kicks, I put it in Azure even though I don't need the scale and I'm not even using the storage. I did this for two reasons. First I wanted the experience and nothing teaches better than using something for real. I plan on adding content management features and things that while unnecessary for a simple web presence website, will provide richer Azure experience. The second reason is because I read about changes they are about to implement to make it much more affordable for small time websites and businesses. A great move on their part if they want developers to start playing with it and becoming advocates.
What business name did we decide to go with? Iroh Services
Iroh is from our favorite Avatar character, Uncle Iroh. Everyone in the family is a huge fan of the cartoon and we all love the zen-like uncle and his hedonist ways.
Of course the business is really just for accounting and liability safety when I do consulting. My real goal of becoming a micro-ISV has been on my mind and has occupied the vast majority of my time with research and grand pondering. I've had several friends offer their thoughts and software ideas and am still thinking of getting into a large project with my uncle and cousin. Nothing as of yet has really set me on fire though and I'm apparently brain dead when it comes to coming up with my own software project ideas. Still hopeful.
The freedom has completely rocked. I love dropping my daughter off at 8:30 instead of 7:15 and picking her up at 4:30 instead of 5:30-6:00. I'm also home when my oldest gets off the bus around 4:00 which is way cool. Originally I was going to pick up the little one early enough to have both of us home by the time the bus arrives, but she kept getting on to me about missing afternoon activities - especially the case on dance and soccer days. That's cool though - we're still home before the 5:00 traffic hits and our evenings seem so much longer now.
Regardless of coolness though, money will have to start flowing soon. Guess I'll get back to my grand ponderings :)
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