Its supposed to be a discussion, feel free to interrupt ...
Is It Worthy?As always, it depends. Youve got absolutefreedom as well as way better money, butno matter what, you have to deliver results:you have to manage your time, look forcontracts, take care about expenses andnot to forget the tax return. Oh and did Imention that you have to do the actualprogramming as well :) ?
What Can You Do?• Webs for end clients. Estimate, manage team of people (you need at least a graphic guy), communication with client, speciﬁcation of the project, the legal aspect of the contract ... Good luck with that!• Do just your part of the job: ﬁnd someone who needs just the code (or whatevers your expertise).
How to Start• Its tough ... expect it to takes months or even a year.• You need reference: start with OSS.• Use Twitter for networking with another people of your community.• Headhunters are very handy at the beginning.
• http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/london/ruby.do• http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/contracts/london/ruby.do• Contracts: AVG £350, MED £300• Permanent: AVG 47.5k per year, MED 40k• http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/london/ruby%20on%20rails.do• http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/contracts/london/ruby%20on%20rails.do• Contracts: AVG: £325, MED £300• Permanent: AVG: £45k, MED 40-45k• Django: similar rates.• http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/contracts/london/django.do
Working From Home• Great if it isnt all the time.• What works for me: 2/3 home, 1/3 ofﬁce.• If you cant go to the ofﬁce, ﬁnd a co-working space (The HUB).• Oatmeal
Working to Abroad• The US: People are used to working with external, remotelly working people.• The UK: British are more conservative, theyll probably will require you to work at least sometimes on-site.• Berlin: There is quite a few start-ups as well, but I have no experience with them