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Becoming a Freelancer

Well, I didn't announce it here, or in any official place, but starting from August, I resigned from my workplace in order to become a freelancer. Here's my resignation email with my reasoning:

Hi $CTO!

Cutting to the chase, I'd like to say that I've decided to resign from Oleh. It's not a rash decision - I've been thinking about it for a while. I am willing to work an extra month and other such commitments, as part of my contract, depending on your call. I'm sorry if I disappointed you, but when I was looking for a job 4 months ago, I still though I'd like to work in a permanent, but now I realise that it's not my cup of tea.

Note that my working conditions at Oleh had nothing to do with my decision. Oleh is a wonderful place to work in: the pay is good, the hours are reasonable, the people are nice and intelligent, and the atmopshere is very good. I'd recommend anyone to work there. However, right now I'd like to become a consultant, a contractor, a trainer, a sponsored FOSS developer, a professional blogger and writer and a web site owner - probably a mixture of all of them to some extent.

For my reasoning see the following links, and discussions:

  1. "Perceived Shortage of P-Languages Programmers":
  2. "Thoughts about Whether to become a Freelancer":
  3. "Patronge and Self-Patronage" - http://shlomif.livejournal.com/11004.html.

If you wish, Oleh can still employ me as a contractor or consultant, but I'd prefer to do either:

  1. Refactoring of existing code.
  2. Writing automated tests.
  3. Dealing with the infrastructure (Linux, CVS, Subversion, Bugzilla, etc.)

Not really web programming. (Except for very small tasks). My hourly rate is negotiable, assuming you would like to hire me.

Best regards,

Shlomi Fish

In the past week, I started giving private lessons in Perl. More about it will soon be posted to my use.perl.org Journal.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 9th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
A few questions and a thought
Hi Shlomi,

A few questions and a thought as a potential employer:

1) Why do you think that a "professional blogger" would give you anything? If you want to be a book writer, just convert your profession. But blogging won't give you anything.

2) How much do you want per hour? Plase let me know.

3) A year ago you said the same, yet you couldn't stay without a job and you found a job afterwards. Do you think that it is funny? Do you really think that you can stay without a job and work as a freelancer, earning money from the fact that you... live?

Think about it again, and seriously - consider to wake up from your coma.

PS. Open Source is also about honesty. A "professional blogger" shouldn't erase comments that he doesn't like. I wonder how many more comments that you don't like you've erased. People like you like to live in a dreamland and have nothing else to do but hiding from reality. Now do consider to that THAT personally.
Sep. 10th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
Re: A few questions and a thought
Dear Anonymous,

If you haven't read my policy regarding anonymous posts, please do now. This has nothing to do with honesty, and being a professional blogger, and everything to do with keeping a high SNR, and making sure that cowards like you don't make annoying and low quality comments.

In a liberal society, a person still has a right about what is said in his own mediums of communication. If someone says something I don't like in my living room, I can tell him to get out of my house. This is even more so in my blog.

Please leave me alone - I'm not interested in hearing any more of your comments.

Sep. 10th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)
Shlomi, do you have a business plan, and are you otherwise completely sure that you will be able to support yourself as a freelancer?
Sep. 10th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Business Plan

I'm not sure what you mean by "business plan". I do have some ideas for projects that I'd like to work on, and some of them may prove to have some business value. Other than that, I've been giving private lessons, and previously have been writing articles, proof-reading books, and other such activities that bring some cash. I also recently got in touch with a web designer who is looking to contract web programmers (which is the case for me).

As for being completely sure that I'll be able to support myself as a freelancer - no I'm not. But I'd like to give it a try, and if it doesn't work out, I can always return to working at a full-time or half-time job. But I'd like to give freelancering a try. No guts - no glory.

Jan. 10th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
Wher eis she?

Aug. 27th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
Re: Business Plan
Posting this here so the other people who commented aren't alerted that I'm opening an old thread, as it were.

I have been researching the whole Neo-Tech phenomenon/scam/cult, whatever they want to call themselves, and happened across your site somehow. I have to say that I'm quite impressed at how well you write English - we Americans don't expect foreigners to be exceptionally proficient at "our" language. A selfish and stupid misconception, I know.

Long story short, I've been thinking about writing a book slightly based on the Neo-Tech theories, but without all the cult mumbo-jumbo. Unfortunately, I can't access the links you provided on the "homesite," since Neo-tech.com no longer provides those pages to non members.

I would like to talk to you more about this - please get in touch at mayobrains at gmail dot com. I'm Miche ("me-she") by the way, nice to meet you =)
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