So, it has been 5 days since my last update on Holli. I’ve been working away on the first version of this idea, and have had to go back to the drawing board a handful of times.
If you haven’t read my previous post, I would suggest reading it first, otherwise you won’t have any idea what’s going on.
I spent the majority of the day yesterday working away on my new project, Holli. Being the second day of my 10 days (realistically 9 day) project, I’ve decided to give an update.
Being the enterprising individual that I am, I quite cleverly used up four days holiday to secure myself a 10 day weekend. I’ve not had much time to relax between moving to Birmingham in May 2016, starting a job with CleverCherry in October 2016 and moving in with Kerry in December 2016, so I thought it was about time I had a bit of time to relax.
For those of you that know me, you’ll know that my idea of relaxing is rarely inline with that of the general populace. Rather than put my feet up, watch trashy TV and generally chill out, I’ll be maniacally scribbling on a whiteboard, and furiously writing code until the early hours of the morning, because it appears that my idea of relaxing, is to give myself 10 days to build an entire project.
That project is of course, the aforementioned Holli.
Now that I’ve managed to move away from working at home to working in a shared office space, I aim to separate and compartmentalise properly, allowing me to focus on some personal projects that I’ve managed to accumulate over the last few years.
As I mentioned in my previous article Office Space and Transitions, not only have I acquired the aforementioned office space, I’ve gone about setting up Ollie’s Lab as a way to slowly migrate towards an independent entity. One of the things I plan to do with this newly formed entity, is release applications and systems whether they’re open source, hosted or self hosted services. This article is about the first of these projects, a project which as of yet does not have a name (I find naming things to be a tricky task), but is a free service available to anyone, or at least will be soon.
In an attempt to breath some life back into this blog I’ll be making an effort to post more frequently, and what better place to start, than with my movement to shared office space and my plans for the future.
Recently I’ve been talking about a pet project of mine that came about at the end of 2013. That project is of course, Viper, an opensource API for game developers, built on top of Laravel.
Just a little pre-warning, at the bottom of this page is a link to a google form for feedback, I’d greatly appreciate it if you took a minute or two out of your day to fill it in, thanks in advance.
Many of you will have heard this quote before but for those who haven’t, it’s a quote from Confucius, a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. That being said, the origin of this particular quote is not the topic of this post, but more the meaning and how I feel that more people could benefit from paying attention to this.
It’s quite likely that many of us in the tech industry already live by this whether or not it’s intentional or not. Like me, I imagine many of you do what you do because you enjoy it, I didn’t chose to be a PHP developer for monetary gain or anything other than the fact that I enjoy it, which means that there is a burning passion within me for what I do.
For those of you that read my tweets and/or articles, you’ll be familiar with a recent post I wrote about the state of UK freelancing and how we don’t have a home on the web that we can call our own, a home that enables us to find projects and compete with other freelancers in a fair and unbiased way, other freelancers mind you, that are from the UK, so we’re not undercut by those who live in parts of the world where the price of living is lower, and in some cases, considerably lower. If you aren’t, you can read it here.
I’ve spoke to a fair few people about my idea, which includes a very brief Twitter conversation (about 4 tweets), with the UK country manager for Freelancer, who said the following:
As many of you will know, I recently turned certain events around and decided that rather than seeking employment, I would go it alone in the big bad freelance world and see what I can make of it.
Now, there are a wealth of tools online to help freelancers out there, such as Elance, Freelancer, Guru and Odesk, but there only seems to be one that really targets the UK market, and that is PeoplePerHour. PeoplePerHour is a great idea, and one that has proved to work for freelancers all over the country, but it’s not quite what I am looking for, seeing as I am a developer and my work rarely entails a visual element that can be accurately portrayed to a potential client.
This particular issue is one that we have all faced at one time or another, a higher up wants a project completed and they want it now, regardless. As a freelancer you have quite a bit of control over this situation, as the higher up is your client, and you dictate to them the amount of time it’ll take for you to finish their project. Typically, I work out my estimate, then double that.
As an employee however, you have little or no say over things like this. I know this first hand, as this is something that I have encountered quite recently.