Complete independence

Jump I

I am now jobless. I am now independent. For the next few months, I am going to work on projects that do not provide any steady income and I have not planned to take on any consulting or freelance work. I am writing this post both for people that would be interested in what I am doing but also to wrap my ahead around what this is all about.

What is the plan

I am taking some time off from paid jobs. Instead, I will work for myself full time. My primary focus is improving and enhancing Antecons, a recommendation engine for webshops that is available now.

I also want to work on smaller side-projects. For example, I have an ongoing dream of creating programmatic music. Hopefully, blog posts will be more frequent in this period as well. I have a few different topics lined up but my thoughts about them have not yet materialized.

Show me the money

I am funding this time off with money that I saved up over the last year. Unless something unexpected happens, I can afford at least two months without any form of income but I hope to stretch the money to support me for half a year. I have very few obligations and expenses so it should be possible.

Some of my friends suggested that if I do not have a job then I could get unemployment benefits. My answer to that is a clear no. It would be morally wrong to do because I am not unemployed and I do not want to take advantage of the system.

“I have this cool idea”

Great! I am open to good ideas and I would love to hear what you have in mind.

Also, I have always wanted to work on open source projects or for a good cause so if you need help with a non-profit or a charity, I might be able to help you for free.

The road ahead

Honestly, I do not really know what I am doing. I am trying to think rationally and tell myself that I should have a clear plan or be more organized but planning is completely against my nature so for now, I am just going to wing it. We will see what happens down the line.

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