• Jason LiJason Li, 3 years ago

    Thanks for doing this, Matt. Currently part of a 2-man studio and curious about your experience running your own. Did you ever come to a point where you could have grew to a larger studio, and if so, why did you decide to stay small?

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    • Matt D. SmithMatt D. Smith, 3 years ago

      Hey Jason. I've come to several points where it was necessary for me to contract both designers and developers. It's definitely kind of stressful being in the manager role when multiple projects are going and it's you personally that are on the line for each. Ultimately I decided, I enjoyed being "the guy" coming in and doing "the thing" on projects, without having to worry about making payroll for a company. I've become very accustomed to hitting income goals on my own and adding employees to that always scared me. I've come very close to hiring before, but ultimately decided it's not really what I wanted.

      I'm much more excited when I'm working on products too, that have potential to earn income without crazy expenses that can come with keeping someone on staff fed with work.

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      • Jason LiJason Li, 3 years ago

        Thanks for answering. I think the same — I want to be "the guy" and a lot of my projects have just been me going into startups and being their designer. This is great validation.

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