We waffle between fear and possibility in rapid succession. On the one hand we have our dream of living on a boat long term. In service of that we are working as much as we can. I have my consulting business and Ashley is a manager at a local tech company. We are saving and scrounging where we can. It’s paying the bills and a bit more. But let’s face it, we don’t have a massive bankroll to finance our dream. It’s a work in progress. This is where the fear slips in – “What if I lose one of my consulting clients. That would be disastrous.” And it get’s worse than that. My subconscious paints a bleak picture equivalent to homelessness. Is that realistic? Absolutely not. But that’s what we humans do – We concentrate on the unknowns and let that dictate our behaviour. It’s toxic. There is nothing we can do about the unknowns. At best I’m wasting my time trying to shore up defences.
On the other hand, there is the world of possibility. This typically appears when my fear is absent. My thought process is sometimes as follows: “How amazing would it be to design my lifestyle. Work and make money And live on a boat”. Typically it’s short lived or comes in bursts.
And that is what we do daily; Have a bad phone call or have someone close to you remind you of the risks involved and I immediately turn to the “What ifs.” Have an awesome meeting with a potential new customer or new startup idea and we are once again in the realm of possibility. I love the world of possibility. I could live there permanently. It’s fun and exciting. It brings out the kid in my. I feel alive.
The one prerequisite to make this dream a reality is to save more money. That means making more green cold hard cash to finance a boat. We are not looking to buy a mega yacht but we do need something that is reliable, seaworthy and big enough to handle offshore conditions. We’ll be crossing oceans and vast expanses of water where there is no backup other than ourselves and the systems we have onboard (navigation equipment, solid rigging, heavy weather tactics and, worst case scenario a sturdy liferaft). We are not looking to create a life of possessions but instead a life of experiences.
It’s time to do whatever it takes to make this dream happen. And so I have decided to reach out and ask for referrals and ideas and perhaps a little promotion! What follows below is a description of how I create value for my current clients. As you’re reading this and think of someone that might benefit, put me in touch. I’m a developer and entrepreneur not a sales person. If I’m not selling this well, please bear with me. If I sound like I’m bragging, that is not my intention.
In the simplest sense I create maps. Awesome maps! I have been doing this for 9 years, I am great at it. Most often I add maps to existing websites or to an internal IT application for a company. Often, my clients have large datasets related to regions/locations/areas and I take this data, analyze it, massage it and add a spatial component to their infrastructure. I have created maps of points, heat maps, thematic maps, and topographic maps and I do this using open source software. Why open source? Because it allows my clients to get up and running without thousands of dollars wasted on software licenses. There are many other benefits. In a nutshell, that is what I do in my day job. But I am passionate about my work, so I always have side projects…
I dabble in entrepreneurship. In the past I a have created several apps and websites as bootstrapped startups. The highlights are:
- SafeRoute – Google directions with a safety component.
- NoPresentNoProblem – The intelligent gift suggestion engine.
I’ll be the first to admit that both of those were a flop. Good ideas but both failed to gain traction amongst users. In terms of startups, the opportunity I am trying to create right now is something related to the water and sports industry. Kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, Stand Up Paddle boarding. Not surprising I am looking to make something to support the sports I love! Lot’s of people make a living there. I don’t see why I can’t. But it is definitely hard to break into.
So, if you know of anyone, or are talking to someone and they are in need of mapping services, let me know. I am simply looking for an introduction. Nothing more.
If you have a startup idea or if you encounter a problem daily, get in touch with me. I might be able to solve it for you. My goal is to be of service to you. Either send me an email at [email protected] or comment below. Don’t have email? Call me. 250 588-6994. I want to hear from you!