How to Be a Successful Independent Mobile Application Developer

Happy New Year! South Bay Mobile User Group is back again this year with a great new line up of informative and interesting topics and speakers in the area of mobile development.  We kick the new year off with How to Be a Successful Independent Mobile Application Developer.

Why become an Independent mobile developer?

  • Mobile development professional earns $80-$140+ an hour, due to their highly specialized and in demand skills.
  • Freelancing on a contract lets you become your own boss. You get to decide your schedule each day, take a month off to travel, and enjoy life!
  • Working for different clients also builds up your own work experience, widening your entire perspective of Mobile App Development; in addition to strengthening your network of potential clients, which is as good as free marketing!


Terence J. Grant who is an independent iOS Developer will be speaking on how he got his freelance mobile development career off the ground.

Learn from a pro:

  • What devices to target
  • How to build your skills
  • What drives you now, and what's your long term goal?
  • Finding clients
  • What to charge
  • Creating Contracts or Service Agreements

During this talk, Terence will walk us through games that he has created and published that are making money!

Terence J. Grant is the developer of several applications in the iTunes store. His experience includes working on Madden and Nascar franchises for Electronic Arts.  He has also created children’s interactive books for the iPad. Currently, he is focusing on games for mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

This meeting is in building 100, room 1 E13  Enter the Honda campus on the west side off of Van ness street. Turn east on Central street will take you on to the campus. Turn right at the first street once on the campus. Building 100 is the large building on the south side of the campus with HONDA on it in large red letters. Park and enter on the south side of building 100.

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  • Terence J. G.

    Hey everyone-- It was nice meeting you last night!

    As promised, I've uploaded the slides here:
    http://www.slideshare.net/TJGrant1/2013-0129-howtobeanindependentmobiledev

    And you can download the ready-to-run Tic-Tac-Toe project from this link:
    https://github.com/tatewake/iphone-tictactoe

    ** Use the ZIP button to download the sample, it looks like this: http://i.imgur.com/O1xTySJ.png

    Finally, feel free to keep in touch! I'm on LinkedIn:
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/tatewake

    Thanks for having me, and have fun coding!
    --TJ Grant

    1 · January 30, 2013

    • Kaz

      Great topic Terence and Phillip. I very much enjoyed the easy Q&A and in-depth discussions about being an independent mobile developer.

      February 4, 2013

    • Wayne

      Thanks Terence and Phillip I appreciate all the work and effort you guys put out to help out the community in the group. Great info.

      February 7, 2013

  • Phillip N.

    Thanks Terrence for all your effort. This was a great meet up. One of our best. You were outstanding! Hope to see you again.

    February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Forgot about this iPhone/iOS tutorial site last night:
    http://www.raywenderlich.com/
    I (personally) find it more useful than the examples in most books. It helps to understand the XCode and iOS basics as well as using other capabilities such as database, Cocos, and OpenGL.

    January 30, 2013

  • Roxann M.

    I thought it was very informative. I'm looking forward to downloading the notes when they become available.

    January 30, 2013

  • Tom

    Very good. I thought Phillip was very nice (when I arrived late he even let me have his seat so I could eat my pizza.) The speaker, Terrence Grant, was good and gave real candid useful advice about making it as a developer. His advice helped me create an action plan for for my career in mobile development. Oh and the pizza was pretty good too. I would tell a joke here about how pizza is like sex but it might be considered a little untoward so I wont. Anyway, great meetup.

    January 30, 2013

  • Pete

    Sounds like very useful material. Will there be food at this one?

    January 29, 2013

  • Phillip N.

    No, this will not be streamed.

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will this be streamed?

    January 28, 2013

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