July 4, 2015

Pride, Work, and Necessity of Side Projects: Lamps, Go-Karts and more by Allan Branch

What are you working on—on the side?

I build lamps, build go-karts, sail, brew beer, fish, build tables (such as below) and bookshelves, and tinker on my jeep. I bounce around on projects, as I get bored.

How do you manage to work
on your side project(s)?

I have time because I work 6:30am–3:30pm, so I get 2–4 hours a day to play with my kids and tinker on things with them. My son, who is 8 years old, has turned into a big helper (below) and seems to enjoy building things. I also have fairly open weekends, even though we have two kids, we aren’t the type of parents who let their children’s activities take over their lives. I don’t spend much time watching TV and lying around.

Why have a side project?

I have side projects because I like learning. I think side projects are a form of self-torture for me. I hate not knowing what to do, but I also don’t enjoy “mastering” one thing. I like the learning, I hate the learning portion at the same time. Most of my side projects involve some form of taking “junk” and making it usable. I enjoy finding something in a junkyard and making it worthy of using again.

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Diptych courtesy of Allan Branch, who co-founded LessAccounting.com, LessFilms.com and LessChurn.io.

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Read more about the joy of side projects.

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