I've often asked my colleagues if they code outside of work, and have only once heard anything in the affirmative. Yet I've done more than 100 projects in my spare time. In the seven years I've been doing this, I've only met one other person who has creative ideas for new software. It occurs to me that my creativity really might be exceptional — that I could be wasting it by working for a company which could care less.
In light of the above, I've been thinking about breaking out on my own and starting a software company. Maybe I'd write games; maybe I'd find some other niche. When I'm motivated, I have no problem cranking out the code, but what concerns me is that there could be millions of others who are just as creative and no less talented than I, and end up competing with them for an ever smaller piece of the pie.
So how many of you out there have successfully sold software you created or started your own software company? If so, what advice would you give to someone considering it? If not, how many of you have done projects on the side, perhaps for merely personal interest? Is the drive to create software really that rare, or have I just not met the right group of people?"