spidweb writes: The founder of Spiderweb Software is celebrating fifteen years of being business by beginning a series of articles with advice for starting a small, Indie software business. (Or any small business, really.) The first topics covered are picking a product to make, choosing your tools, and getting enough sleep. From the article, "When you're running your business, your job is to pry the credit card out of peoples' wallets. Again and again. Look real hard at your idea. Hunt the web and figure out how cheap the games you'll be competing with are. When you are sure you want to write a game (or graphics editor or genealogy program or random number generator or whatever) that can get people to hand out their credit card numbers, only then may you proceed."