Business Plan for Mikado Software
|Jan 2013 - Dec 2013:|
Welcome to my business plan. It probably does not look much like other business plans, I have had enough of spreadsheets.
Anyway, MikadoSoftware is my forever company - what I intend to be working on and in till I retire, or die, aged 110, shot by two jealous husbands.
And at the moment it is mostly a vehicle for IR35 style contracting. I have been very lucky and am working for a not-for-profit producing Open Source software in Texas (see my campaign), but there are signs of real life too. I am not too sure I will be posting full financial details (my wife might want a say in that) but I will be putting up pretty much everything else.
Which probably leads to why would I do that. And there is no very good answer - partly I doubt that this is super-secret competitive information. I think that is usually a cover story for a lack of belief in ones own competitiveness. Secondly I think it might make a few people take an interest in following my footsteps. And lastly, because if I don't write it down and make it public, I will lose the file in 6 months and have no idea what I am doing.
Products and Services
I am traditionally a coder for hire. Well, I was, before I was a manager for hire, which it turns out is a lot worse than being a coder for hire. I think that traditional management is about to face a serious disruptive time as the Internet hits its stride, and anyway I much prefer making things than writing status reports.
(This is not to say leadership, mentoring, business skills and decision making are not useful, just they are not the sole domain of management)
So now I have three major products or productised services
Alongside this I am running a campaign to promote OSS in local government. Sign up.
- To develop services and products to achieve equal to a contractor wage.
1. Sell technical marketing services to local agencies. This is the Brennan Dunn / Patrick MacKenzie school of thought, and I think it it in the right direction.
2. Sell consultancy and services around the ODI-SCM project, especially now Mark has hit the boundary for six converting to 11g. (Its a OSS solution that allows enterprises to actually get source code out of their ETL tools. ETL seems to be stuck in 1980s in terms of software development processes)
- Custom (Python) development, preferably leaving sufficient time to work on
- Contract job in London
- FT job in London
Culture and Brand
This is a big one, that I cover in different posts. Sufficient to say, that I have a clear idea of what I think work should be and it is not commuting to an office, it involves play, and invention, learning and hard work, long distance working relationships and networks coming together and moving apart.
Over communicate. Then tell them some more.
This is a big issue - there is a new marketing world and its good to start there.