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

From: user 2.
Sent on: Thursday, November 13, 2008 9:28 AM
Congratulations Gord, to add to the many good suggestions:

* Small Business BC has an excellent classes & materials.  Their "Start Smart" series is really good.  http://www.smallbusinessbc.ca/

* Billing Boss, free invoicing to bill your clients and get paid: (other sites have a crippled version that's free, but charge $20/month for real access).  Keeps accurate records, lets you get paid online and easily share your data with a bookkeeper. I'm part of the team that built it, right here in BC.  http://www.billingboss.com

Good luck!
Chuck LeDuc D��az

On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 1:38 PM, Gord Harris <[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 <grin>

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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