Over the last year or so, I have had a side gig that has been awesome at every step of the way. I love the work I am doing for them, I enjoy it more that I do my full time gig. Recently, They have been ramping up what they need done.
I have been thinking a lot lately that this is the kind of work I want to fill my day with. I am consistently guilty that I am not giving my current full time job my whole heart. I was planning to have a better exit strategy in place (budget, business plan, etc) and quit around May. But, emotions got the best of me and I put in my notice here a few days ago. Sometimes you gotta leap, and the timing with the additional work from the side gig just fit. I hope.
I have not yet told the side gig that I am preparing to work on their stuff full time. I don't want to put them in an awkward situation. You know, like telling a girl you've been interested in that you left your current girlfriend for her. I don't want the side gig to think that I am now relying on them for income. But I also want them to know that I am committing to moving their project forward full speed instead of part speed.
For reference, I am a mechanical engineer by training (MSME). I am employed as a systems engineer at a medical device company.
The side work is programming. I built a data management system for this company*. They want more features and also a work order management system.
- If you know where to point me to learn the vocabulary for what I actually built them (for referenceing ti to future clients), I would be grateful. The system gathers data from field-deployed units, organizes it, saves it to a relational database, pushes SMS and email notifications given alarm conditions, and provides a web portal for monitoring the current state of the field, and generates monthly reports for a given month on demand.