Freelance PHP developer, the return!

It has only been a year, but I’m making a return to the world of freelancing.

For those of you that don’t know, I’ve been working for CleverCherry for the last year (well, a year as of yesterday). It has been a wonderful year and a wonderful experience. I’ve made some friends along the way and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of their team. I handed my notice in some two months ago and my final day of employment will be the 3rd November, followed by a week of me relaxing, and then it’s back into it again.

The reason for my decision to return to the world of freelancing is that in all honesty, I miss it. After four years of being my own boss it’s hard to get used to situations where I don’t have the say, and for those that know me, I have a problem with that most the time as it is. On top of that, I miss the sort of work I did when I was in London. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked on some really interesting things while with CleverCherry, but I’ve always been a fan of functionality driven applications.

As of the 13th of November I will be available for freelance projects and contracts alike. I’m also, as always, open to employment should an opportunity turn up on my desk that I absolutely cannot turn down. If you’re looking for a freelance developer to build your app, or a contractor to bolster your team, get in touch over at Ollie’s Lab.

On a side note, this hopefully means that I’ll have time to actually write articles and work on some of my open source projects!!!

Listen to your developers, do not rush the project

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.

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