Richard Yale of Vortex Games Inc. kicked off a series of posts with Owning an Indie Studio – Part 1. It provides some great insight into another indie’s ambitions, hopes, and dreams, as well as some specifics when it comes to how he runs his company.
Startup costs? Hiring and managing employees and contractors? Income and expense predictions? It’s all there. He talks about being persistent and patient when searching for good contractors available within his budget, what kind of work he expects to do himself, and how long he expects his first two projects to take.
He finishes this first article with advice for other indies. He advises you to be strong in the face of adversity, plan your finances well, and shop your game ideas around to friends and family to see what appeals to people other than yourself. My favorite part:
I have learned so much from just jumping in head first and I’ve learned that it isn’t as horrible as some people make it. You learn, you live, you try, and you adapt. Make the most out of it! Sure it is stressful, frustrating and hard, but in the end it’s worth it every day I lay down to go to sleep.
And this post was only part 1 of the series! I look forward to reading the rest.