Choose your own adventure – advice on starting up

I’ve been really lucky to have some guardian angels helping me with setting up Rebecca Industries. But I’ve noticed that some of their advice is contradictory. Here is a selection of the advice I’ve been given on starting working for myself with my prediction of what I might actually do. I’m interested to see how it turns out.

The first project

  • take anything you can get for your first project
  • don’t take anything you can for your first project – wait for a good one

Fortunately, I’ve so far only come across potential projects that sound really interesting. I’m in with a chance of pulling off the ideal scenario: don’t wait, but do get a good one quick.


  • give your ideas away for free
  • don’t give your ideas away for free

Prediction: I expect I’ll give ideas away for free because having ideas makes me excited, and when I get excited about something I find it hard to stay quiet about it.

Doing free work

  • do stuff for free
  • don’t ever do stuff for free

Prediction: I’m already doing some pro bono agile coaching so it looks like I will be doing things for free.


  • work like crazy, especially over the first few months
  • don’t work too hard

Prediction: I’m going to try to stick to working 5 days a week.

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