And therein lies the problem of side projects. They will either muddle along as a fun side project and provide a necessary distraction from your main work, or they will grow and demand your attention. They want to be fed. The answer to “what if this fails” is easy. You shut it down. The answer to “what if this succeeds” is much harder. Especially when you’re not willing to walk away from your main job. And I wasn’t.
– Mike Monteiro “Everything dies. Sometimes they die well.”
I’m particularly interested in this post because I’ve been talking to people about their side projects at I Had Ten Dollars. This type of problem seems to be a huge factor in the decision to offer a project for free. Charging and growing brings obligations like customer support. Bringing on other people means you are responsible for those employees’ well being. It’s actually pretty cool that Mule has managed to scale Mule Radio back to a fun sized project again.