Llama on a Monkey Games
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“We chose Northwest Registered Agent because we wanted a trustworthy partner to act as a registered agent for us– on top of taking care of the complicated administrative processes behind starting our LLC”
Which Northwest Service Did You Use?
Llama on a Monkey games used Northwest Registered Agent to form their Minnesota LLC.
The Business and the Mission:
What is the biggest reward of operating your own company?
Speaking as “Monkey” of the Llama on a Monkey duo, I can easily say that the biggest reward I have felt so far is the sense of finally making good on a dream. I have been playing video games since I got my hands on an Atari joystick at the age of four, and (like many of us) I knew I wanted to make games of my own. Both of us in the partnership are well-established in our current careers that have nothing to do with game development… working for other folks. This LLC has been the shell around which we have created something of our own, though. We aren’t at a stage yet where we can claim any sort of financial success, but the framework is built and we are ready to invite the world into our virtual living room to share our new toys!
What is something you have learned about owning your own business?
We have learned that there a lot of ways to start a business, and that sometimes it’s useful to take some of those steps instead of trying to get them all planned out ahead of time. (And we sure hope that’s not bad advice!) As it happens, a coworker and a close friend both started up LLCs right around the time that we were setting up Llama on a Monkey Games. We discussed each of their plans with them and compared notes; immediately seeing that we had to make some decisions because we had options. One person wanted nothing to do with government forms, but was very comfortable with all of the ins-and-outs of getting a new web site set up. The other was the just about the opposite. So we needed to really decide how much we were capable of handling directly ourselves, and then how much value we get by spending our limited time on those tasks. We obviously decided to get professional help with the process behind setting up our LLC so we could maximize the value of our time by spending it on tasks we are good at: development and art.
That has been an overarching lesson that has applied to the entire business experience: We have opened up the realms of possibility, so now we must learn to weigh the comparative values of our time and monetary commitments often. This is a big shift from the old “take an order, and execute” way of life.
One tip you could give someone who wants to start their own business?
Don’t try to take on every task yourself. You know what you’re good at doing, and that’s part of the product that you’re trying to generate. There is a lot more that goes into a business besides those things that you’re good at, though, and it is often a better dollar-for-dollar investment for you to pay somebody else to do those “other” things. It can be very tempting to try to save fifty or a hundred dollars here and there at the beginning of a business experience, but I’ve already seen that some of those decisions cost me more in time than they saved in money.