I Stopped Wearing Pants to Work Exactly 1 Year Ago

TuscanyWell, this is it. Exactly 1 year has passed since I revealed in a blog entry called, “I Will Stop Wearing Pants to Work on December 16” that I was moving on from my day job to focus on Stonemaier Games full time. At the time, I knew that I had about a year to make it work, or I’d have to try to find another full-time job.

First, a confession: I actually wear pants all the time. I’m generally cold, so there aren’t many months when I can sit around in my boxers all day. Also, because I spend a good chunk of my day corresponding with people and commenting on stuff online, it feels a little unprofessional to do so pantless. Not showering every couple of days is one thing, but hanging free while talking to a vendor? It feels odd.

Second, you may wonder if I regret quitting the day job. It offered job security, a steady paycheck, a bevy of amazing coworkers, and a social outlet for an introvert like me.

All of those things are true, and I still have a great relationship with my old work and coworkers. But I don’t regret leaving for a minute. For me, it was less about the leaving and more about being able to focus solely on a business that I really believed in and wanted to make work.

Did it work out? So far, yes. I still have many Kickstarter rewards to fulfill and many retail games to sell in Q1 of 2015, but as it stands, I’m pleased to have earned just under $1 million in revenue in 2014. I grew Stonemaier Games exponentially as compared to the previous year, and more than ever I feel that I have a huge and growing core of people who believe in us and what we’re doing.

It has taken a lot of work, though. I work 7 days a week, usually from 8:30 in the morning through midnight, with breaks for eating, drinking, and cat stuff. I didn’t take a day off for the first 7 months on the job, and it’s still just me running the show, so it’s really hard for me to be out of the office for more than a few hours. I hope to find ways to allow for that in 2015, as this isn’t sustainable if I want to continue with our exponential growth.

Despite that work schedule, I’m actually really happy with my work-life balance. I’m actually more social than I was before this year, because before I would work all day, then go home and work until bedtime. I found it really hard to say yes to more than one social gathering a week, and only if I knew about it well in advance. Now I have much more freedom to say “yes” to social stuff.

That said, my dating life is almost nonexistent. It just hasn’t been a priority. I feel like I should make it a priority at some point, but I’m having so much fun without it that it’s tough to bring it back into the equation. I still hop on OkCupid every now and then to see what’s happening there, though. I may be getting too old for that site.

All in all, it’s been a great year. I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to continue running Stonemaier Games, and I look forward to what 2015 has in store.

7 thoughts on “I Stopped Wearing Pants to Work Exactly 1 Year Ago”

  1. Congratulations on a landmark year! You are living the dream–doing what you love, becoming wildly successful at it, and still having a little time for the cats. Does it get much better than that?

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