Simon P Stevens





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Going Freelance

Today I formally handed my resignation to my employer. I have decided to go it alone. From 1st May 2011 I will no longer have a job.

It's a scary prospect not knowing where your next paycheque is going to be coming from, but running my own company has been something of an ambition for me for quite a long time and I decided that it's about time I did something about it.

Like any good evil genius programmer I have my 3 step plan to success:

  • Phase 1 - Contracting:

    Initially I will be taking on individual contracts and projects while I get to grips with the finer details of managing my own company. In this phase I'm going to need to get all the basics sorted like learning how to find work, thinking up a name, building a website, getting an accountant, etc. In the main I'll probably be using an agency to help me get work.

  • Phase 2 - Larger projects:

    With some reputation and experience built up I hope to be able to secure some bigger projects. I plan to be able to grow slowly by initially sub contracting to get the bigger projects completed and eventually starting to build a team. In this phase networking and marketing are going to start to take a bigger role in my chances of success at landing those projects.

  • Phase 3 - Products:

    With a team in place the final goal becomes a saleable software product. I've got a whole bunch of ideas here, many of which I've already written a few thousand lines on many to test out the concepts. This is where abilities to promote and sell will become essential skills.

Of course, who knows what will really happen. I could get a big enough contract right from the start and skip phase 1. I could decide that with the flexibility of contracting I can push onto a product alone and skip phase 2. I could discover that phase 2 is more enjoyable and forego phase 3 altogether. All I really know is that for me these are interesting times.

If you're in need of a software developer and want to know more:

Still interested? Contact me here and watch this space for a company website in the near future.

Wish me luck.

3/31/2011 10:25:00 AM [permalink]


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Chris Barnes

Good luck, keep us updated with how you're getting on!

[4/1/2011 6:33:24 PM]