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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Escaping 9 to 5 Chronicle Part 4

The pattern with Ian’s and my work world escape plotting over the past six months or so goes like this: we think of an idea that might work, and we get dead set on it and excited about it, and confident that it’s what we want to do, and then after a matter of weeks, days, or even hours, we rethink the whole thing and are back to the drawing board all over again.

Our ideas fall all across the board. Sometimes we are going to patent an invention and license it, sometimes we are going to start up an internet business, sometimes we are going to start up a physical business. Sometimes our ideas never get very developed. With all this back and forth and across the board, I’ve felt quite a bit of confusion after each episode.

There are two major forces working on me: the desire to get out of Salt Lake, and the desire to get out of being a slave worker and enter the freedom of being my own boss. So I’ve come to the conclusion that the business direction that we ultimately decide to take hinges upon one basic decision: whether to stay in or leave Salt Lake.

We had this idea to open a coffee shop or pub. If we went this route, we would definitely stay in Salt Lake for at least a few years. We couldn’t really take this idea elsewhere, because it’s looking like Seattle is the main candidate for where we’d like to move if we leave. There is no paucity of coffee shops and pubs in Seattle, so if we went there, we would have to come up with something else. Also, the expense of moving would set us back so that we would probably have to work regular slave jobs until we are more settled and able to recoup some capital.

That’s kind of what it’s looking like: move away and delay business plans, or start business plans, but be stuck in Salt Lake for at least a few more years. At this point I don’t know which looks better. Sometimes I have days where I find myself very dissatisfied with my job, and on those days, opening the coffee shop looks really good, but other days my job might be alright (it’s never really good), but I find myself bored with this dying city and eager to leave. Escape the job, or escape the city.

I’m not sure what to do.

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