Re: [softwaredev-17] Becoming a contractor/self employed

From: Lisa D.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 3:56 PM
Regarding business license, you do not need one of those unless you have an office, and only for particular businesses.

For consulting, its not necessary.

I have just been through the Service Canada entrepreneur boot camp (six months of hell, but I learned a lot). I would be happy to unload a ton of info to you, but it's too much to put in an email.

For software developers, I must say that Service Canada was a bit behind in their requirements and knowledge. The marketing person and advisors were not savvy enough to advise me on Internet marketing, had no idea how blogs worked, and were still using old sales models. I created a virtual world for frog avatars(kid audience), where they learn to protect their environment, and they had no idea how to assist me in forecasting milestones,  in assessing costs etc. Check it out at www.myfrog.ca


The small business seminars are good, but again, the ones I have taken are geared toward brick and mortar businesses. And the SEO seminars were okay, but designed for business people without experience like yours. You would die of boredom.

However, I have heard that Successful Contracting and Consulting is fantastic! Its two weeks only, and they give you info to make yourself a consultant, and to understand how and why its okay to charge money for your knowledge. If you are not employed right now, you have to get a case manager at Employment Services, who will give you a referral. If you want to take the course for a fee, you can apply directly at http://www.goconsult.ca/

I'm happy to chat with you more, or hey, if there are more interested, I can download what the Federal government kindly paid for to a group. They have recently cut the funding for the program quite a lot, and may be ending it completely.

Depending on what type of software developers you do, I can tell you, you will be smart to go freelance. I joined this meetup, because I had a terrible time finding developers who were able to work in an entrepreneurial style.

Hope that helps and good luck.

Lisa



On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 2:57 PM, Darren Barefoot <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi,
A few random thoughts:

* Outsource stuff that's time-consuming, such as accounting and bookkeeping.

* We don't usually do contracts, unless the client offers to write one
up. We do short, simple letters of agreement articulating the scope of
work, payment, and so forth. In five and a half years, we've only had
to call a lawyer once for a client who didn't pay.

* Word of mouth referrals is your best marketing. Focus on that to start.

* I have no idea whether it's worthwhile or not, but a colleague
recently recommended this: http://www.freeagentformula.com/.

Cheers. DB.

On 11/12/08, Vladimir Pavlovic <[address removed]> wrote:
> Hi Gord,
>
> Start from here:
>
> http://www.smallbusinessbc.ca/seminars-list.php
>
> Running a Consulting Business
> Date: November 24, 2008
> Time: 1:00 pm PST to 4:00 pm PST
> Price: $39.00 per person + tax
> Do you have a special skill, ability; talent that you feel can serve others
> and earn an income? Consider the consulting and contracting field. Come to
> this session to learn how to transition your skills into an income stream,
> price your service, and learn where to find clients. Establish your
> business, build your market and hear from the experts about their many
> experiences of running a consulting business. Presented by Dave Schulte and
> Ian Marshall of Vancouver Consultants, a membership organization with a
> mandate to provide the best vehicle to connect independent professional
> consultants to the market in order to facilitate and enhance opportunities
> for both.
>
> This seminar is hosted at Small Business BC in Vancouver and delivered to
> other locations via live video conference.
>
> regards,
> Vladimir Pavlovic
>
>
> Nov 12,[masked]:38:47 PM, [address removed] wrote:
>
> ===========================================
>
> Hi all,
>
> During my 10 year career as a softare developer I have always been enaged in
> the role of a full-time, permanent employee. Now I am interested in learning
> about becoming a contractor and/or self-employed.
>
> I am comfortable that I have the skills and experience to handle most
> technical challenges. However, I can only guess at what I would need to
> learn about:
>
> - business licensing
> - taxes
> - contract wording
> - book keeping
> - promotion/marketing
> - everything else
>
> So, where do I start learning about all this kind of stuff?
>
> For a point of reference, there may be an opportunity for me to peform some
> technical implementation work for a non-technical friend who has a business
> idea. As with all my efforts, I have a strong desire to provide effective
> results, yet I am hesitant to venture into any such arrangement without the
> business savy. And yeah, I don't want to mess-up and screw the friendship
> either.
>
> Your input would be appreciated.
>
>
> Gord
>
>
>
>
>
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