Weeknote #46

Beaurocrat week

This week, I spent most of my time doing taxes and other paper work
like applying for the extension of my founding subsidies. I hate to do
that kind of stuff and because in those cases I tend to procrastinate,
I’m running late once again.

Solar motivation

On a positive note, the weather seems to get better. On wednesday, the
warm sun certainly lifted my mood. I’m not very much influenced by the
weather, but this glorious sunshine makes even me move my lazy behind
outside.

Checking out the neighbors

At Drupal Developer Days in Brussels, I met two other guys working at
hosting businesses; one from Belgium, one from the Netherlands.
Following my talk about “Developer-friendly Drupal Hosting”, we picked
our brains over some coffee how we could do business together. This
tuesday, we followed that up with a Skype chat where we worked out the
first baby steps of our “coopetition strategy”. More Skype chats/calls
are coming. It’s a new experience for me to do business with
competitors and I find it interesting and thrilling.

Also on tuesday, we got our first order from Italy. Man, it feels so
great that our plan to expand into Europe this year already becomes
reality, even without us doing marketing beyond an English-language
website.

This also means we now have to add international payment options. And
judging from my initial web searches, it will consume a lot of time
and effort to find the right Payment Service Provider.

Local exile

I found a place in the city that rents office space on an hourly
basis. This could be a nice alternative when I’d like to get out of my
homeoffice but spend my worktime in a more quiet place than a crowded
coffee shop. (And the hourly rate is cheaper than a Venti Chai Tea
Latte…)

On thursday, Amalia got sick and had to be picked up from childcare at
11:30. Even when her mother’s around, it’s hard to share the place
with a child that’s too small to understand the differentiation of
work time and play time. In those cases, a few external office hours
can come in handy.

Packing light

Just before the Drupal Developer Days in Brussels, I had finally
exchanged my 2007 Macbook Pro 15″ with a 11″ Macbook Air. Working with
it really is fun, you can read about that in many blog posts all over
the web. As a bonus, I got my Aunts & Uncles leather bag out of the
closet again. For carrying the weight of the Macbook Pro with all the
auxiliary gear, I always preferred a laptop backpack. Now, with the
leather bag, I sometimes wonder if I perhaps forgot the Macbook Air at
home…