Top 10 Indicators your home business is failing
#10 - The flies are chipping in to fix the screen door
#9 you spend way too much time posting to the JOS forum
#8 - You don't have any customers? so you do #9 instead of aggressively marketing your services?
#7 - You split the toilet paper into plys to create the illusion of success.
#6 - You start referring to your kids as 'Interns'
#5 - You're thinking of renting your "office" to college kids for some extra income.
#4 - Your website recieves no hits even though you advertise it.
#3 - The three dotcom failures sharing an apartment next door refer to you as "the loser"
#2 - your "angel investment" meeting with the dogs doesn't yield the quarter million you were hoping to net
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
And the #1 indicator that your home business is failing....
I like it...
#0 You bitch in JOS about how bad your boss is, how he is mistreating your... , but your Boss and You are the same person.
#-1 - You're thinking of asking the three dotcom failures next door who refer to you as a loser for job leads.
You lose your home.
You have to get clearance from the antiquities department before you can ship any stock.
#1: You buy a one-way ticket to Bangalore
You fire your intern kids hoping to replace them with cheaper ones in India
-10 You convert your machines' OSes from Windows to Linux hoping that the license cost savings will outweight the productivity decrease.
You keep getting emails from Bangalore enquiring if they can outsource to you to cut down on costs
You're no longer sure just how many 10 is.
You've grown so fond of your Indian replacement kids that you're beginning to wish you didn't exile your original kids to Bangalore.
LOTD has returned!
You have a new business proposal to do with LOTD server, the revenue stream driven by banner adds and neglect your core business model.
You refer to yourself as "we" to give the illusion of having a larger company. Unfortunately, you start having arugments with yourself that you can't win.
You stock the kitchen/cafeteria with food stamps.
... and you try to figure out if you can write it off as a business expense.
Your credit card busts when trying to repost to download.com and Google ads.
You change your phone number because of the calls from bill collectors. You aren't worried about losing business because no customers ever call anyway.
Dishonrable mention: You blame H1B's for everything from global warming to loss of software contracts. Damn ferners.
You're still doing fundraising rounds at VC firms.
ask the government to put up tarriffs to protect your business.
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