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Jan 15, 2019 21:10:20

Personal notes on nomad entrepreneurship

by @basilesamel PATRON | 524 words | 429πŸ”₯ | 480πŸ’Œ

Basile Samel

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I am a software craftsman. Creating software products is not only a job or an impulse, but it is also a need. If I spend more than a few days just consuming or doing nothing, I feel drained. Creativity is a fire you must release, or the energy ends up bursting out of you.

In June last year, I decided to open a one-man business that would allow me to launch all the tech products I am dreaming of, in order to confront them with reality.

Over the last six years as an engineering student, I learned that the success of a  project is about three things: community, accountability, and execution.

I need people. Humans are social animals. I know I cannot do this alone. Self-made men/women are a myth. Selling is all about people. If you don’t add value, you cannot sell.

Before selling a product, you need to sell yourself. People need to know your business. More importantly, they want to know your values, your vision. More than selling products, there is a social responsibility to any artisan. Communities are built around common values expressed throughout the creation of content: blog posts, pictures, tweets etc. I love sharing what I experience, and I love writing, so it was only natural to grow a way to document the whole process of building a business. That's how I started writing, which later would lead me to start the 200 words a day challenge and build a product out of it. Writing is for businesses a sort of making-of, a way to understand Why and How they do things so that they can help and/or inspire their readers, and possibly build an informal community.

A community originates from trust, from a social pact. Accountability makes sure the pact is respected. Businesses have to be accountable to stay aligned with their objectives. For example, 200WaD is an open project: transparent and publicly accessible. Being transparent is not only being respectful of your users/community, but it is also a way to include them in the journey.

A well-planned project and a great community cannot help a bad maker: execution is key.

Over the past six years, I have experimented on possible manners to maximize my personal productivity for the sole purpose of becoming a great software craftsman. I developed a personal routine to support both smart and hard work. I tried my limits in a remote work environment, in Stockholm, Geneva, Warsaw, Budapest, and Paris for a total of two years. In Asia for almost five months. I learned a lot about myself and how to use travel as an enabler. Reducing the amount of money I spend per month makes ramen profitability more achievable. Solo-traveling to a location where I barely know anyone allows me to dedicate myself fully to my mission with a laser-like focus.

I greatly admire makers such as levelsio. Makers are opening a path to a more ethical and sustainable way of building businesses.

I spent five months solo traveling to build indie tech products, with one goal in mind: to reach mastery, meaning, to build a great product.

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    @basilesamel Warsaw?! How? Where? For how long? Im Polish, but from the coast - Gdansk. Love your product! (as we already established on plural occasions:) Love your values. Love your way "to make your life".
    <<If I spend more than a few days just consuming or doing nothing, I feel drained. Creativity is a fire you must release, or the energy ends up bursting out of you.>> I believe you are very right, energy creates energy. I'm learning it the hard way...

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 17, 2019 19:22:20
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      Warsaw for a month in April 2018. I was living near the Politechnica university. I went there because I met a polish girl in France :P It didn't end well though... keeping this story for a novel haha

      I've been to Wroclaw as well.

      Still dreaming about Soplica from time to time...

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 18, 2019 02:28:58
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      @basilesamel I'd love to read your novel on love which ended not well in Warsaw! Poland is not an easy place to keep the fire burning, it gets so cold and dark, but you were here in April, usually snow is already melting :-)))
      Looking forward big times! (Are you going to write it here?)

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 17, 2019 19:38:31
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    @basilesamel Community, accountability, and execution. Noted.

    Xander Jake de los Santos avatar Xander Jake de los Santos | Jan 15, 2019 09:07:11
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    @basilesamel I laughed a bit, "Software Crafstman" reminds me of "Cafe Craftsman" in the Andre3000 Key&Peele sketch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02cSc5a49LA)

    You know, this is what startups are about though, people building (crafting?) their dreams on their own values, unlike what corporations do.
    Your values are are yours, moreover we can all see you're living by them. Keep it going!

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 15, 2019 14:23:45
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      Just watched it, this is hilarious ? "Thank you cafe craftsman!"
      Thanks for the support! :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 15, 2019 23:50:54
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