Starting out January 1, in 2014 I made a promise to myself. This was going to be the year were I took action. It didn’t really matter what kind of action. I just needed to make a change I my life. The previous year and a half had been a difficult time in my life. Without going into too many boring details, lets just say that I fell into the classic snakepit of balancing a family with 2 small children and a pretty sick and pretty pregnant wife, while working hard at my normal job. After Vincent was born and my wife came back to the normal world of not being sick all day long, I made a decision. It was time to move forward instead of doing the same things every day. It was time for me to build my own company on my own terms. I did not knew how or when. I just knew I had to make a change in the near future. It was time to stir things up and not get too comfortable.
Leaving the old job
At February 1.st. 2014 I started my company: “Get In The Sky”, while having resigned my current job at Ravn IT the day before. That day before was one of the more difficult ones in my life. I really liked my job and I think I had some of the best colleagues I’ve ever had in my entire professional life. I worked 5 minutes from where I lived and I just got a BMW X3 as a company car. I really loved that car. Handing in my resignation to my CEO I remember as a very nerve wrecking task. Not to mention the email I had to send to my colleagues/friends afterwards. Not funny at all. At first there was a lot of emotions to handle. The people at Ravn IT is a pretty tight group and I was about to break out of that.
Creating Get In The Sky (GITS)
So I had a plan for my new company. Well sort of. I had a vague idea. Name: Get In The Sky, also called GITS. Purpose: SharePoint on-prem and 365 consulting and maybe selling some Office 365 solutions while I was at it.
I quickly found out that time for blogging was limited to writing posts in my head while being on the road – IE: nothing much ended up on the screen. Another lesson i learned was that even though I wanted to start all sorts of projects (magazine, podcast, online-courses, webinars etc.) at once, I had to respect that I did not have enough hours in the day to get very far on those projects. I still had to have time for the family. So I quickly had to shut them down, one-by-one, until I could focus on working full-time for my clients. I still have the projects lined up, archived on my SharePoint Intranet off course, ready to launch at any moment.
Proceeding from level 1
After my first year as an independent SharePoint Consultant, I only have time for my clients. I’m more or less fully booked 7 days a week. I have worked and continue to work with some incredible people and I have been very fortunate to get a great start for my small company. I have a handful of clients and I am ready to expand my activities. I am looking for ways to do that. That means talking to advisors and reading a lot of business material and blogs.
I will keep on blogging about SharePoint and hopefully one day – this blog will turn a profit somehow. And when I look at my stats, I can see that the demand for SharePoint knowledge just keeps getting bigger. They have more than doubled this past year, even though my blogging efforts are somewhat embarrassing. I would love to be able to publish value-added content every day. I just don’t have that kind of time. The blogposts I write takes hours to create. Most of them, not all.
I truly really and honestly appreciate you, the reader of my blog. To demonstrate here a graph from analytics that show that traffic has more than doubled in that past 12 months.
Looking ahead into 2015 I hope that I can launch one of my projects. Whether it will be a newsletter, Podcast, SharePoint product or a SharePoint Master Class, I still don’t know. I you have any good ideas or requests, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line, either in the comments section below or via the Contact form. But more important, I will keep spending my time kicking ass and taking numbers in the world of SharePoint. I hope I will have more time for blogging and creating SharePoint products during the next 12 months.
If you need help with your SharePoint project, feel free to contact me or leave a comment. I am trying to answer each e-mail I get even though it might take me some time to answer specific tech questions. Direct support questions that will take me several hours to answer, I do take the liberty of replying with a “hire me for more help” type of answer.
Family wise, Vincent just turned two years old. He did that with some difficulties. Being sick for 3 days lead his eardrums to burst during the night. That did not go quietly. The poor thing cried for 5-6 hours in a row. A visit to the doctor in the morning and some antibiotics he is back to his usual games and tricks. Being a parent of 3 children while building a business is never boring. The “building a business” part is really not necessary for acquiring excitement in the daily routines. Three children will do that pretty easy.
My lovely wife, Katja still posts blogposts at her blog ByBojko (in danish), the kids will still get into trouble and the dog will continue to eat whatever is on the floor. such is life and it must proceed. But it is never dull and the challenges that makes us all grow as human beings keeps on coming. An I love it all.