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Re: [ljc] So you want to be a Java contractor?

From: user 8.
Sent on: Friday, June 21, 2013 6:45 AM
Hello Barry,

I am part of the ContractorUK group and so find it very useful.

I would definitely recommend it to other members. It's a good place for anyone who wants to start contracting or is contracting and has questions.

There is a lot of information you can get from the group as well.

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On 20 Jun 2013, at 23:47, Barry Cranford <[address removed]> wrote:

Thanks for all the comments and interest guys. I have had at least three times as many personal emails to say that they would be interested in such an event, I think there is definitely sufficient interest to run an event.

@Fox - Thanks for the Contractor UK link, I had a quick look and it does look very interesting and has some great links on there. Do we have many other members of the ContractorUK group within the LJC? If so, have you found it useful? What is the community like? Would you recommend other LJC members join?

I have found great value in creating small communities around highly specific areas, I personally believe value will come from a network specifically for Contract Java London Developers, some of the discussions we have had recently have been around general areas, but others have been around the skill sets important these days for contracting in London... and it leads to other interesting spin offs, like the idea of having an LJC event on getting into contracting. All that being said the Contractor UK site looks to be a very useful resource and I will definitely pass it on to the RCN group too. 

Thanks,
Barry



On 20 Jun 2013, at 16:27, @sleepyfox wrote:

I'm not sure why we'd want to reinvent the wheel here (again), everything you could ever want to know, plus a great community, exists already: http://www.contractoruk.com/

Fox
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On 20 June[masked]:17, vinay <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Barry

+1
Yes please.
I would be interested in this meetup. 
Currently in a permanent role and have been looking for some contracting options.
Would also be very interesting know the kind of roles the guys are working on currently

Thanks

Vinay


On 19 June[masked]:40, Dionne CF <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Barry

Yes please. I would appreciate attending a LJC meetup event that covers this topic, as contracting is something I've been wishing I had done a long time ago, but didn't really know how to get going and take that leap from permie ville.

Thanks

Dionne


From: Barry Cranford <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wednesday, 19 June 2013, 9:28
Subject: [ljc] So you want to be a Java contractor?

Hi Guys,

We are often approached by permanent developers looking to get into contracting with lots of questions about what the market is like and looking for advice on Ltd companies and how to get started etc. We often use small communities to solve these problems hence the mentoring network for students and the CTO network for aspiring CTOs. I thought the best thing we could do was set up a small online group of contractors that I knew I could trust that have been contracting in the past, and ask questions through that group.

I have now set up the RecWorks Contractor Network (RCN), the idea being people can network and share advice on their experiences. It also means we can find out a really good cross section on what is happening in the contract market. It has only been running for a few weeks, but has already been quite active with questions and advice, a few of the members suggested organising a Meetup to share advice and I felt this may be more suited to the LJC where we could have a larger impact and offer more advice.

We are just trying to do a litmus test to understand if there is sufficient interest in the LJC to open this event to you guys. Please email me directly, or through the list, to let me know.

- Would you be interested in a Meetup either to hear about or share your advice on the contract market e.g. how to get started, the difference between working as a contractor or permanent developer etc

Kind regards,
Barry








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