- A Macbook so they could run both Windows and Mac software
- Essential software, MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Affects, Dreamweaver.
- Projector, Sound system
- Web host that can handle streaming audio and video.
- Comfortable office space with a street front access
- Rental space for worship in a historical location.
- Salaries for him to be high enough so his wife would not have to work.
- Operational funding for two years at least.
The one thing that work has taught me to do is question statements by people.
- What do they need a Macbook to do that my Compaq Armada m700 won’t? Not picking on Mac users here. The same question could be asked about what does he need a Macbook for that a G3 won’t do either. Yes the Macbook is a far superior notebook and OSX is a better OS than Windows 2000 but for the money (1/10 of the price) that you don’t have, something cheaper may work pretty well.
- What are they using Premiere, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator for that Premiere Elements, Photoshop Elements or Paint Shop Pro , Ulead Video Studio, or even Microsoft Movie Maker (shudder) software won’t do. Again, I worked with an excellent and talented digital media creator for years that can do things that would make some movie makers blush. He also does great stuff with crappy tools as well. My point is that there is cheaper alternatives to professional grade software that creative people can still make things look very good with. It may be a pain in the neck (and other places at times) but if the money is tight, you have to make do. If you have someone with professional talent, it is a great investment, if not, it is a waste of money. One church I know of bought the same animation software that they used to create Jurassic Park with. Even if someone was capable of mastering the interface, they would have needed a server farm to render their creations. In the end it was a massive waste of money. I have loved Microsoft Office since 4.x under Windows 3.x but again, it comes down to is there anything I really need that Open Office and NeoOffice can’t do?
- Had they not heard of Google Video or ODEO?
- They had talked of their respect for Wendy and I so I asked, if it is okay for Wendy to work and for us to raise a child (however poorly we are doing with it), why can’t other church planter spouses work? Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing wrong with stay at home parents and Wendy and mine schedule stinks right now where we go weeks without a full day off with each other but if the money isn’t there.
I am not that sure if it is any different than it has always been. You need to start something before it you know if it going to turn out. I can’t think of too many startups that were guaranteed instant success but they just kept working towards what they knew they had to do. Kind of like the graphic from Andrew Jones old post on How Do You Build a Cathedral.
Another way of looking at it is from this interview with a designer turned wine maker, Courtney Kingston (of Kingston Family Vineyards)
One of the biggest challenges for me was going from a job that was reactive (e.g. a highly scheduled day managing other people) to starting a business with a blank slate every morning. Every day, there were a thousand things that seemed urgent that I needed to do to get things going. It was a little paralyzing and I didn’t know where to start. My friend Rob gave me a great piece of advice: decide what *one thing* is critical to your concept’s success. Write “ONE” on a little yellow stickie, and stick it on your computer monitor as a daily reminder to accomplish one thing–no matter how small—that will get you one step closer to that goal each and every day.
The person who helped clarify this for me was Guy Kawasaki in his book, Rules for Revolutionaries and his idea of starting out with what you have and going from there making it better and working towards your final vision. The vision and ideas for Exiles are a lot more than what we have no but slowly we are making out way there as a community and no it doesn’t take a lot of money to start.