I am looking for someone with a good amount of experience in the programming field who I can ask some questions. I am not a programmer myself, and I don't expect that I will be learning programming any time soon. The reason I am looking for someone with a range of experience is because I am forming a small business alongside some other people, and we need to prepare some job postings. As such, I am hoping to establish a dialogue with someone who I can talk to about what sort of things we would like our programmers to be able to accomplish, so that they can then make recommendations about what we would need to post in the required experience/education section of our job listings. I am not seeking applicants at this time, simply trying to find an advisor that can help us make a great job listing.
Please let me know if you think you could help in accomplishing this!
I'd suspect that you may be getting ahead of yourself a little, possibly. You're talking about hiring a programmer; to me, that implies that you already have the business analyst, a systems designer, an interface designer, trainer, ops analyst, security specialist, capacity planner, tester and other roles all defined or filled...
Before assigning job titles, take a long look at what your business needs doing, when and for how long, then think about the budget you have, and whether it's best to do some of these tasks in-house or use external resources. (If all you need is a marketing website, you won't need a "programmer" - just use an external agency. It doesn't matter to you if there's one person fulfilling all these roles or twenty). What are your timescales? How fast will your business grow, and what are the drivers for expansion of IT capabilities?
It may well be that you actually do decide you need one person, to do all this stuff (including programming), - or perhaps even a team of programmers - but my gut instinct tells me you're not at that decision point yet.
Happy to be a sounding board for you (message me via CP or email@example.com); am in the UK not US but the principles are the same!
I'm an experienced C# dev who wants to set up own business and I want to know what is the best route to getting clients.
I have a client at the moment and will finish project in about 5 weeks but I don't know where to source future clients (UK based preferably). There is another project coming up within the same company but I'm not counting my chickens (although I have been promised a good reference by current client/department).
EDIT: If you're wondering why I don't just get a job like everyone else? Well the reason is because I've been in hospital (psychiatric) twice and have two four year gaps in my CV and no one wants to take a chance on me (understandable? maybe).
I've been in hospital (psychiatric) twice and have two four year gaps in my CV and no one wants to take a chance on me (understandable? maybe).
"Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove." ~ Terry Pratchet
That's how I got here, despite the gaps
If you can teach, I'd suggest you add that to the list of services provided. Might not be as much fun as coding, but it may help to pay the bills. And go out a lot; any software-related presentation, show, anything with computing - go out and talk to people.
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If you need custom software for specific hardware then you would need to
1. Create appropriate specifications, both functionality and target OS.
2. Find someone to create it for you. You could look to either paying or doing profit sharing.
If you want to sell software then you would find a vendor that would sell to you and you sell it. Just like any other product in a shop.
As a freelancer, I wouldn't even contemplate working without Professional Indemnity insurance. It *might* be OK if you're delivering a non-mission critical standalone app and don't *ever* go anywhere near the clients' servers or collect any data. But in practice I wouldn't sleep at night without it, especially as I frequently have to make changes to the clients' servers, manage confidential data, and write systems that are central to my clients' businesses. Never had to claim on it, but that's not the point - it's knowing it's there.
I'm in the UK so can't recommend any US providers.
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