Launching Before Vacation

Milestone Mondays

Recent Launched Project : Bitter Renter
An interactive guide for first-time renters in NYC.


Launching at the start of my vacation was pretty much a bad idea specifically because I told myself no work was allowed. Nevertheless, I did it anyway because “I had to”. Luckily I only stole one vacation day and my friend knew me all too well so it wasn’t a huge deal. Despite the fact that it went fairly well, I knew there were a few things I had to be weary of:

  1. What do I do if people find and send me bugs? Do I take a break from taking a break and fix them or do I respect my break and wait till I get back to reality? I decided to wait.
  2. What if opportunities pop up and my inbox is overflowing? While my inbox didn’t overflow, there were still emails I needed to answer that I had to pretend not to see so I wouldn’t go crazy.
  3. Is it really ready to launch? This was the hardest question I had to ask myself. Whenever I launch something, I’m usually pretty confident it’s ready but with Bitter Renter, it was so much bigger than my usual project and there were so many edge cases I kept randomly finding. I was nervous but with after a quick pep talk with my friend Saron, I decided what was the point of waiting. Instead I slapped the beta sign on it and never felt more relieved to finally have it out in the world.

While I consciously made the decision to launch literally the day before I went on vacation, if it’s not a small project, I should probably never do that again…unless “I have to” ;)

– Confessions of a Workaholic



Kim is a chronic creator, designer and coder. Maker at @bybourn, curator of Hashtags Unplugged and creator behind foundermantras.com , sendthanks.to and hshtags.com.