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Adventures of a Curmudgeon

Six Months as a Freelancer...

Come celebrate with me! This week marks six months as an Independent Consultant. And in that time here’s what I’ve worked on: 1. A sports-based social networking site (Rails) 2. A job search site for doctorate holders (Rails) 3. A site to manage and display digital assets for a library (Rails) 4. A web-based application to manage an organization’s HR roles and levels (PHP) And here’s what I’m currently working on: 1. A site to manage progress for a home-schooling methodology (Rails) 2. A site used to run a Tutoring business (Rails) 3. Converting PHP applications due to a company-wide database migration effort (PHP)

I’ve been busy and, thankfully, I’m still busy. I have to be honest, I’m still learning how to be a Great Freelancer. It hasn’t been all roses and champagne. But I wouldn’t change a thing.

Lessons learned (and still learning) so far: - Working from home still requires structure - There’s no such thing as Too Much Communication - Honesty Pays - I need Socialization; get out of the house - Stay on top of your business chores - Keep healthy habits; noone does your work when you’re sick - Have Fun

I’ve been pretty fortunate to have been able to last as long as I have. I still need to learn how to: a) create a pipline, and b) keep it filled. Doing good work is one way. And I’d like to believe I’ve been able to do that. I also feel fortunate to be surrounded by a large group of successful entrepreneurs. Which compliments my natural curiosity and endless questions! :-D

I know I have a lot more to learn, but I’m eagerly looking forward to the next six months.