Interview: Successful Freelancing (via The Freelance Podcast)

RJ from The Freelance Podcast was gracious enough to invite me on the show, hoping to share my 12 years of successful freelancing experience with his listeners. We get into a bit of the armchair psychology of being self-employed and maintaining persistence. We also discuss the “maker” mentality, both the good and the bad. Additionally, we discuss the importance of fellowship and how my podcast helps to keep me sane.

It’s a great podcast, a great host, and I’m flattered to have had a chance to be involved and share the ins and outs of successful freelancing. Head on over and check out the interview!

Three Big Questions New Consultants Need Answered

Very often, I will receive an e-mail from a developer hoping to go out on his own, asking “What is needed to get started in consulting?

Let me begin by telling you what is *not* needed: Permission! I say this up front because a lot of people who are otherwise qualified to go into business for themselves are waiting around for some third party to bless them. Don’t wait for some third party to validate you – if this is the move you truly want to make, then make it.

That said, off the top of my head I would suggest that you have the following 5 things in place: Keep Reading…

Productive Jealousy – Is There is Enough Sun for Everyone to Tan?

One of my all-time favorite articles is Productive Jealousy on Signal vs. Noise.  David Heinemeier Hansson insists that jealousy need not be an angry or destructive emotion.  I tend to agree with him – in fact, negative emotions are my primary motivation.  I suspect that there is a conception out there that in order to be productive and successful you have to be all sunshine & rainbows, hoping to make the world a better place.  In truth, just as much productivity is fueled by “I’ll show you!” as it is by “Gee, guys, isn’t this spiffy?” Keep Reading…

Monday Consulting Questions: The Bus Test and “I Could Do This Myself, But…”

Q.  How do you handle your workload when your key man is out/unavailable?

A. Cogeian Systems is basically my vision of how software development ought to be done, implemented by my team.  In some ways, I am the key man.  In other ways, my team members – every one of them – are the key men.  In a small firm, you don’t have the ability to pull in an anonymous dev from another department to cover a staffing shortfall in your own.  We are a small team; we thrive together and we suffer together.

That said, in any firm there’s always at least one project going on that is significantly more vital to the firm than any other project.  Keep Reading…