For almost two years now, I’ve had a “day gig” in addition to running my business, Reaktiv Studios. And its been pretty nice. Having benefits, a solid team of people to compliment your skill set, and (usually) clear project scope was great to have, especially when having a family at home.
But I never stopped doing my own thing. Even when I tried, I still had a lot of long term clients and a lot of referrals. So Reaktiv kept growing, even in spite of its “part time” designation. My lovely wife took over the project management and primary client interaction. We brought on second developer and a designer. I began building some premium plugins back in January that are almost ready to release (a more formal announcement coming soon). While all of this was happening, WordPress popularity was exploding. As you can imagine, something had to give.
I’ve put over 5 years into my business. A lot of late nights, forgoing social events, and enough coffee to kill a normal human. I simply couldn’t just give that up. So I’m excited (and a bit nervous) to announce that Reaktiv Studios is back in full swing. A new site design is coming, along with a new focus. While we will still be building custom themes, our service offerings are expanding to include custom plugin development, existing site audits, and the previously mentioned premium plugins. I’ll also be moving support for my existing free plugins to a paid model, since it has become nearly impossible to keep up otherwise.
Next week, I’m taking my family on a 7 day cruise, completely “unplugging” from the web. No phones, no internet, just time to relax.
I have absolutely no idea where this will lead me. More late nights (at least in the short term) and more coffee. I’ll probably make some mistakes along the way. Hell, I may even write on this blog some more. But whatever does happen, I can sleep knowing I’m giving it everything I’ve got.
I mean, if not now, when?
update the outpouring of congratulations and support has been amazing. y’all are alright in my book.