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    Gazzza
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    Hi all

    I have been checking out these forums for about a month and have found it great so far. The forum contributors are nice and positive. keep it up! I just wanted to say a big hello from me.

    Im hoping to get some recommendations on my current situation. Any comments will be appreciated

    Current Situation
    I have been a web developer for a number of years. I have lost the drive at work, The company is great, money is good but i dont seem to have the passion for it as i use to.

    I think this could be because of the following reasons:
    1 – the work is not very stimulating
    2 – social interaction is nill
    3 – having your own business gives you more benefits, more money, more freedom, more options

    My Options as i see it
    1 – Look for another job in the same field thats more exciting, look to get more senior or maybe a manager role
    2 – Start a business. I have been thinking up of ideas for about a year but i always find a fault or nothing happens past the idea phase.
    Can anyone recommend courses or online courses like appsumo or the foundation?
    3 – Change my job to be one of the following as they interest me but will mean i will need to go back to studying :(

    Mortgage Broker
    Property Valuer
    Project Manager

    What do people think?

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    Dave Gillen – FS Concierge
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    Welcome aboard Gazza!

    At first glance it might be a good idea to try option 1 first. The others are BIG changes, and won’t necessarily improve anything if you haven’t yet figured out exactly the cause of your current dissatisfaction. In other words you could end up in the same place or worse a few years down the track, just in another career.

    Then if option 1 doesn’t fix anything you can look to a bigger change with more confidence that you really need a new path.

    I have been through the Appsumo course and it’s a great one to do to see if entrepreneurship is for you. You could do this on the side (say 30 min per day) and maybe get something going while you’re still working.

    The Foundation seems to be a more intense course for people who are committed to starting a software company. It’s more expensive too, so may be less suited to dipping your toe in.

    Some ideas to get you started – good luck. :)

    Dave

    Dave Gillen - Client Acquisition | Brisbane | (07) 3180 0288
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    Gazzza
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    Thanks Dave, Sounds like a sensible way of doing it.

    I do have the time spare to do the appsumo course. What did you find most useful with the course? Did you create any income sources by doing it?

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    John Romaine
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    Why not start your own agency?

    Sounds like you’re already working in that space.

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    Gazzza
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    John Romaine, post: 221962, member: 39536 wrote:
    Why not start your own agency?

    Sounds like you’re already working in that space.

    That is an option.

    I could create a web development company but i think this space is over crowded and if anything i would like to be in a specific niche. eg email marketing, seo. Are there any niches you would recommend?

    I was thinking about doing email marketing for companies. My assumption though is that i will need to get a designer in and this may cause the profit to be quite low

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    Dave Gillen – FS Concierge
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    Gazzza, post: 221958, member: 71904 wrote:
    Thanks Dave, Sounds like a sensible way of doing it.

    I do have the time spare to do the appsumo course. What did you find most useful with the course? Did you create any income sources by doing it?

    The course helps you cut through all the activities that amount to “playing business” and get right to the critical steps that actually determine whether you have a viable business offering or not. Basically that means focusing on getting your first customers from day 1.

    You’ve mentioned some ideas above like email marketing as a service. It will guide you through the process of choosing and testing an idea that will work FOR YOU given your skills and experience and contacts.

    Rather than planning and setting up a business for 6 months and it not working out, it’s designed to help you to speed up that process. But it will take you out of your comfort zone because you have to get out and contact possible customers rather than build a website and wait.

    I didn’t create a new income source from scratch but used it to start fresh in my existing business.

    Dave

    Dave Gillen - Client Acquisition | Brisbane | (07) 3180 0288
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