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'[OT]: How old technical guy make a living, suggest'
2002\09\02@130208 by paul wood

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Hello,

I have over 20 years of industrial experience on
microcontroller hardware/software design and C
programming (PC programs), but so far I'm still
working as a technical guy in a company, I'm tired of
being employed as you will always be under pressure
that in a day you will be laid-off, as you get old and
when that day comes, you will hardly get a job, as
most employers would prefer paying less for a less
experienced guy for the same technical job, even you
are willing to get less, they won't think you will
work long and again refuse you from the job. As I can
turn something from concept to product, I think the
best solution is to make something and sell or even
simply provide the customers with technical services,
once I'm my own boss, I could work this way until
retired as long as I have some regular customers that
I can make enough to feed myself and my family, that
is a good idea, isn't it? now the problem is how to
start... Could someone give me some pointers, any
comment is appreciated!

Thanks!

Paul



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2002\09\02@135442 by Doug Butler

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       If you go into producing your own product you will spend most of your time
doing Sales & Marketing stuff.  Unless you like this it can be a real drag.
I would look for really small companies that need help.  Get a reputation as
someone who can solve problems, or can arrange to get them solved.  Breadth
rather than depth of skills gives steadier employment.
       The only job security is your ability to get another job.

Doug Butler
Sherpa Engineering


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2002\09\02@141646 by Quentin

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>If you go into producing your own product you will spend most of your time
>doing Sales & Marketing stuff.  Unless you like this it can be a real drag.
Ain't that the truth. Really my biggest problem ATM.

And so, not to sound like a "me too":
Paul, in the position that you are in, look around at all the products and
machinery and see what you can add or change to improve on. It is what I am
doing. You have time now to work on designs in your own time without feeling
the pressure of where the money is going to come from.

Quentin
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http://www.iptech.co.za

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