Topic: Making the Leap
I also posted this on the "Ruby on Rails meets the business world" forum, but am curious about what people on this forum think...
Not sure if I'm looking for advice or encouragement.
A little about me first, I'm currently a Java programmer at a small
tech company in the northwest. I primarily work on distributed
applications and have had just a small amount of web development
experience, nothing professional, mostly as side projects. But I've
got an idea for a web application which I believe will do fairly well
and generate enough revenue for a company of one or two people, maybe
half a dozen if I'm really optimistic.
It's my first foray into Rails, and I've got most of the features
working, but still needs quite a bit of polishing and most likely a
good once over by a real look-n-feel person. I'm also worried about
security since I'll be handling credit cards and other sensitive
All this, added to having to create a company, perform customer
support, continue to grow the features, marketing, and the loads of
other things I haven't thought of yet...is there any hope that one
person can pull this off while still working at my current job ( with
hopes of going it alone when I'm sure it can fly ), and giving time to
my family, with very little up front costs. I've been reading quite a
bit about bootstrapping lately, but to really make the time has been
Any advice? Or do I just need to dig in and make it happen?!?