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Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
Going independent - making it as a freelance web professional - TriNUD RDU CodeCAmp
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  • 1. GOING INDEPENDENT A Developer’s Guide to Making it SoloMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 2. FAT PENGUINMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 3. INTRODUCTIONS Michael Kimsal Web since 1995, PHP since 1996, ASP, Java, etc Solo developer since 2007 (2nd time around) Podcaster, publisher, author, blogger, developerMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 4. CONFUSED ABOUT GETTING STARTED?Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 5. IT CAN BE SCARY! Not sure where to begin? Too stressful? Not enough savings? Too many things to do?Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 6. RELAX!Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 7. WHY ARE YOU GOING INDEPENDENT? Extra part time income? Be your own boss? Enjoy new things? Freedom / flexibility? Recently laid off? Bootstrapping other idea?Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 8. TIME FRAME? Already independent? Near future? (<6 months)Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 9. TODAY’S TOPICS Getting set up Finding work Doing the work Getting paidMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 10. GETTING SET UP • Organization / structure type • Legal / financial issues • Contracts • What are you selling? • Work environment • Hardware, software, toolsMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 11. TYPES OF STRUCTURE • LLC •C Corp •S Corp • Sole proprietor • Other?Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 12. FIND A GOOD LAWYERMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 13. FIND A GOOD LAWYER • Experience with software • Experience with services • Ideally, referral from someone you know alreadyMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 14. FIND A GOOD ACCOUNTANTMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 15. FIND A GOOD ACCOUNTANT • Experience with software • Experience with services • Ideally, referral from someone you know alreadyMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 16. WHAT TYPE OF WORK? • Services • Hourly or fixed price? • Products • Software As A Service • Desktop Applications • Mobile ApplicationsMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 17. CONTRACTS Using your own vs Using the client’sMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 18. CONTRACTS Have clear definitions of work to be done and how to determine when you’re “done”Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 19. CONTRACTS Consider accepting or offering changesMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 20. TOOLS getting the job doneMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 21. HARDWARE Laptop Multiple monitors Printers Fax? Extra batteries Cables / adapters Carrier bagMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 22. SOFTWEAR two words spilled coffee two more words spaghetti incidentMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 23. SOFTWARE BASICS Invoicing Time tracking Screen sharing Ticketing / issue systemMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 24. DEVELOPER SOFTWARE Are you still using Notepad? :)Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 25. DEVELOPER SOFTWARE IDEs Debuggers Version controlMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 26. DESIGNER SOFTWARE Adobe still rules Photoshop Dreamweaver GIMP still works for some :) pixelmator for macMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 27. SMARTPHONE? Time tracking Invoicing Presentations Voice calls!Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 28. PHONE/ VOICE SYSTEMS Twilio with OpenVBX or Google Voice one or more numbers to follow you around openvbx is full-featured voice systemMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 29. TYPE OF WORK (image from sitepoint.com)Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 30. FINDING CLIENTSMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 31. NETWORKIN’ Local events Regional events Chamber of Commerce inside919 User groupsMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 32. RECRUITERS Major recruiting companies are more open today to working on short term contract placements Some have teams that docs on short term onlyMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 33. JOB BOARDS Craigslist Authentic Jobs Indeed.com SimplyHired.com Monster / HotJobs / DiceMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 34. WORK SITES ODesk Elance etc for most types of software dev work, you’re competing in a race to the bottom with these marketplacesMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 35. BEING FINDABLEMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 36. MAIN SITE Profile site - main hub Contact information Links to portfolio resume blog phoneMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 37. PORTFOLIO Designed sites, samples Code samples or links to projects “github is the new resume”Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 38. SOCIAL MEDIA LinkedIn Facebook Twitter StackOverflow etcMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 39. GETTING PAID What we’re all doing this for :)Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 40. RATES Will vary by region Don’t forget taxes! Keep competitiveMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 41. RATES US Example Original rate $50/hour -15.3% SE Tax $42.35 -20% Income Tax $33.88 1200 billable hrs $40,656Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 42. INVOICING TermsMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 43. INVOICE LIKE CLOCKWORK! Weekly? Bi weekly? Never get too far behindMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 44. MAKING IT EASY TO PAY PayPal, Google Checkout, merchant accounts, paper checksMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 45. COLLECTIONS! Arbitration, small claims court Should you hire a collections firm?Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 46. REPEAT! Keeping the cycle goingMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 47. INSURANCE Life, health, business, disabilityMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 48. LIFE INSURANCE Term life insurance Insure people left behind - spouse, children, etc. No dependents? Consider skipping it...Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 49. BUSINESS INSURANCE General liability Errors and Omissions Cheaper if you document your processes with contractsMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 50. HEALTH INSURANCE Shouldn’t be the only thing holding you back Everyone’s situation is different Consider high-deductible, and build up savings to cover it You will *not* have to pay deductibles immediatelyMonday, November 12, 2012
  • 51. MULTIPLE STREAMS OF INCOME Multiple clients Multiple projects Recurring revenue (hosting, content sites, info products, etc)Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 52. BUILD A SUPPORT NETWORK Find like-minded people to support you Have specific skills to bring in on short notice - be a tech backup for someone else too!Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 53. QUESTIONS?Monday, November 12, 2012
  • 54. THANK YOU INDIECONF “TRINUG” 20% OFF Michael Kimsal @mgkimsal michaelkimsal.com 919.827.4724Monday, November 12, 2012

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