Back into Filemaker

As of right now, I am pursuing the database development dream.  I am working with my sister on a few ideas to build services for lawyers.  I have also gone through a lot of training for a new application framework, Alpha Anywhere that will help me build a software as a service solution.  However out of the blue I get a call from someone I meet back at WaMu.

Have you ever gotten a call where you didn’t know the number but picked it up anyway.  I have done that a lot lately because my resume is out there so you never know who is looking for you at that moment.  Instead of the call being from a recruiter who matched a keyword to something on my resume, it was a call from someone I knew in a past life.

During the time I was working at WaMu, I was building a few solutions for Angelorum, the non-profit I volunteer for as the Technology Director.  WaMu was great because they paid you to volunteer 5 hours a quarter.  I used Filemaker to develope the solutions for Angelorum and I got pretty involved with the Filemaker community along the way.  I meet someone that also worked at WaMu and had built a nice application to do a pretty important task for WaMu and did it really well in Filemaker. The solutions I built for Angelorum are all still running and I still support them, but I have held off on developing anything new in Filemaker.

I have pulled away from Filemaker primarily because I would like to build web application solutions so I don’t have to buy so many copies of Filemaker for Angelorum, trying to keep expenses down as much as I can so as much money can go to our clients and not software solutions.  Unfortunately I haven’t worked with anything I like as much as Filemaker, so adoption of anything new has been slow.

Well that all changed on Friday when I got this call out of the blue.  He has a database consulting company and was looking for someone he could sub-contract some work.  What a perfect opportunity for me, just starting out with my new dream business.  It does mean getting back into the Filemaker ecosystem but a lot has changed since the last version I owned, v11 and I still like Filemaker better than anything else I have played with.  I just worry that it still isn’t the right tool for all the ideas I have in mind, but I am excited to see where this opportunity might take me.  Will Filemaker, Alpha Anywhere or both, be the software I focus on for my business?

Lotto Dreams

WA-LOTTOI know I don’t update this site much, and I am sure it is just visited by people that just meet me, but I’m thinking of using it a little more in the future.  So what am I up to these days?  I was laid off back in October 2013, and have been trying to figure out what I should do ever since.  I have gone on a lot of interviews, but none have turned into anything, including all the contracting positions I was submitted.  I am not sure why none have landed but I wonder if it is because I always had a dream to run my own company.  And I keep coming back to that idea.

I went very far down the path of purchasing a franchise in January, but backed out as I learned more about the job I would actually be doing.  So now I am trying to decide what my next steps should be.  I have had what I call a lotto dream, the things you think about doing when you win the lotto. Now, in order to win you have to play, and I don’t often buy a ticket, but I still have the dream.

My lotto dream is the standard, pay off the house, buy a place for my mom and sisters, do something for my dad and then when the dust settles start my own database development business.  Since I wouldn’t need to worry about money because of the lotto capital it would be a dream job.  Or at least it is in my dream.

The question is do I go after the database development business without the lotto capital?  Could I make that dream job without having to get that win fall that will never happen, regardless of weather I buy a ticker or not?