I'm Going Independent!

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Today, my boss, the CTO, announced that I’m leaving the company to join the adult movie industry. Don’t worry, I’m actually not out to challenge the supremacy of John Holmes. That just happens to be the typical way he likes to announce the departure of employees. I’m just joining the seeming legion of developers who are going independent.

I actually gave notice two weeks ago, but I had promised not to say anything until my company had a chance to figure out how to deliver the news. Hence I didn’t mention it on my blog. Not that any of my coworkers read my blog (I think). But just in case, I wanted to be true to my word.

It’s funny how keeping a secret from your blog can affect how much you write on your blog. It’s as if I was worried that I’d start writing about how Test Driven Development will save your soul and suddenly blurt out, “oh by the way, I’m leaving my company. oops!”.

The first big contract I’m working on is with my friend Micah, one of the smartest software architects you’ll meet (and you’d find that out if he kept a damn blog. hint hint!). He’s fluent in both .NET and Java (where I’m lacking). We’re hoping to also work with my friend Kyle, one of the smartest people I know across the board. We’re positioning ourselves as Solution Architects, or as my former CEO put it, we’re “portable CTOs”. I’ll write up more about what that means later, but essentially it means we’ll help our clients implement the right solution, not just sell them a solution based on a religious preference for a particular platform or custom development when a product would do.

If you’re in need of a portable CTO, software architect, grunt developer on a project, send me an email. I’m also looking to get into process improvement consulting etc… That’s something I have a lot of experience with that I’d like to capitalize on. This includes helping teams get started with TDD, NUnit, Cruise Control, etc… I’m also available for code reviews etc… Sometimes you just need an extra pair of eyes.

In any case, I’m very excited and anxious about this big transition. Now I’m head deep in studying tax law and health insurance policies. Wish me luck and advice is appreciated.

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  1. Avatar for Jon Galloway
    Jon Galloway February 22nd, 2005

    Congrats and best wishes!

    By the way, you totally gave it away with the P Rock post.

  2. Avatar for Needs Improvement
    Needs Improvement February 22nd, 2005

    I've been really busy for the past two weeks. AlwaysBeReadyToDemonstrate has been working out. I'm spending less time developing and more time demonstrating, up to an hour a day, but it's helping the product and people's attitudes about the product...

  3. Avatar for Yex
    Yex February 22nd, 2005

    Congratulations. That's a big step. Best of luck to you in the new job. I look forward to reading about how that works out for you.

  4. Avatar for Niels Hansen
    Niels Hansen February 22nd, 2005

    Good luck Phil. Come see us later for some contract work. I believe we have a small project that Kyle maybe working on with us here.

  5. Avatar for Niels Hansen
    Niels Hansen February 22nd, 2005

    Tax Law

    Get Incorporated. Its's a must. Protect your self and alot of big companies will not even touch you unless your incorporated.

    I did it online and it was cheap, easy and worked great.


    Health Insurance

    HAHA! This one sucks for you. You need to get a couple of people under your coporation and do it a group insurance. If you don't you will probably get screwed. If you don't do a Group insurance and if you have had ANY problems with your health (even ear aches), they will deny you health insurance. They will provide you an alternate plan that is twice as much.

    If you need a person to help you get insurance I can forward you our guy. He is great. He also set up our Pension plan.


  6. Avatar for Wayne Allen
    Wayne Allen February 22nd, 2005

    Welcome to the wonderful world of freelancing! If you're interested I know of a alternative to incorporating that gives you similar advantages.

  7. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked February 22nd, 2005

    Thanks all! Wayne, I'm definitely interested in hearing about alternatives. I want to make sure I understand all options before making a decision. Right now I'm leaning towards forming an LLC at some point in time.

    Niels: Thanks for the tips! I'll definitely be in touch.

  8. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked February 23rd, 2005

    Niels, you're incorporated as part of Venice Consulting Group, right?

  9. Avatar for Dave Donaldson
    Dave Donaldson February 23rd, 2005

    Congrats for taking the leap. It's a fun ride. I went independent a few months ago and haven't had second thoughts or looked back. I have a few posts you might find worhtwhile: http://loudcarrot.com/Blogs/dave/category/23.aspx.

  10. Avatar for W
    W February 24th, 2005

    Haacked Solutions LLC here we come! Whatever you decide, Phil, you will do great. As deserved your complements to Kyle and Micah, I am sure that by now your readers have figured out (as your clients will soon) that you are both an incredibly good programmer, software architect, etc., and a fairly bright chap all around.

  11. Avatar for Niels Hansen
    Niels Hansen February 25th, 2005

    VCG is an S Corp and I also have my own S Corp.


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    firstboy May 26th, 2005

    Hi best wishes.



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