Flying Solo: Lifehack Your Way to a Pants-Optional Workplace

schedule Sep 22nd 04:30 PM - 05:00 PM place Red Room people 61 Attending

Many developers harbour the dream of throwing off the shackles of corporate serfdom and experiencing the glorious freedom of self-employment. So is the grass really greener on the other side? As a developer who took the plunge a few years ago, I can offer some honest feedback and practical advice on things like:

  • what to consider when assessing whether self-employment is right for you.
  • the different software development business models, the pros & cons of each.
  • setting up a business/company - which structure is best.
  • knowing when to quit your job.
  • pricing yourself correctly.
  • sales & marketing - critical activity or soul destroying waste of effort?
  • why on earth can’t people just pay you on time.
  • what to say to friends and relatives who think you don’t do anything all day.

And generally everything else that I know now, that I wish I knew then.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Slideshow & more bad dad jokes. I’d flesh out the talk outline here but we all know I haven’t written it yet. The goal is something fairly light-hearted, but with a lot of useful advice; the stuff I would have liked someone to tell me years ago.

Learning Outcome

Attendees will either walk out with a solid plan of attack for starting their own business, or thankful they have a job and don’t have to deal with that rubbish.

Target Audience

Anyone who’s considered striking out on their own.

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