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    Business Question (Not sure if this is the right section)

    Hi all-

    So for a while I've wanted to go into small business with my web development skills. I'm relatively proficient at both HTML and JavaScript, and I'm working on PHP and Python. The thing I've always been worried about is getting a customer and not being able to complete their project. So here's the question: How do you know when you're ready to advertise your skills?

    Thanks in advance,
    lotrfan4

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    Just because you are offering your work, it doesn't mean you have to take every job. There could be simple jobs that may take 20 man-years that you may not take because it's just you, and there may be jobs that require skills you don't have. So when you meet with someone to discuss the project, if you feel you may not be able to be successful, just tell the customer you're the wrong guy for the job.

    But to answer the "how do you know when you're ready?", you will know when you have both the technical skills to handle a good set of projects, and when you know and have set up an appropriate business to operate.

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    And don't ask me. I've only been doing software for...ummm...darn...ran out of fingers and toes...call it 45 years now, so I know I'm not ready. (Oh, okay, if it involves 6502 assembly language I think I could tackle it.)
    Be yourself. No one else is as qualified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Pedant View Post
    (Oh, okay, if it involves 6502 assembly language I think I could tackle it.)
    That brings back some memories - I can't remember ever writing anything meaningful in 6502 but I do have a manual for it somewhere and spent some time trying to learn it.

    I get quite a few emails offering to pay me for all sorts of different development projects but reject most of them either because I don't believe I have sufficient skills in everything that would be required (I've only been doing software for 37 years so I am not as experienced as Bill) plus I usually have more than enough tasks to keep me occupied - so I only take on projects that I know I can do and which look interesting.
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    Biggest task I took on alone for 6502 was a "DOS" (really a file management system) that actually had multi-level directories (albeit with names restricted to 8 characters per level), full random access, etc. Involved in bigger projects with a team, though.
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    Did you guys see "The Imitation Game" yet? Great movie for those that were "closer to the metal" than usually happens today. I go back about 38 years in my software development, but it was still a few generations beyond the enigma cracker...

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    So basically it sounds like I should just start advertising my business. Probably the best way as I will learn as I work. Thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by felgall View Post
    I get quite a few emails offering to pay me for all sorts of different development projects but reject most of them because...
    ... or because they want to pay you $5 an hour or less.
    Be yourself. No one else is as qualified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotrfan4 View Post
    So basically it sounds like I should just start advertising my business. Probably the best way as I will learn as I work. Thanks guys.
    As long as you don't tackle something that you know is way beyond you, you should be okay. You just don't want to get a reputation for not finishing a project.

    Good luck.
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    There is another way to work around lack of programming/coding skills (but it requires you to have a little ambition of management): Take the job and hand it over to someone with better skills. I get many jobs from people like this. They may be great back-end developers but suck at front-end development (or have too much to do themselves), so they take the projects they get from clients and send me the stuff they aren’t able to do. I deliver to the guy and they deliver to the client. Eventually the client doesn’t really care who does the job as long as it gets done and they have someone to “blame” (i. e. a contact person they can trust).

    So, if you ever feel like you really need this client (because it will bring recurring work) but aren’t able to do stuff yourself/alone then just sub-contract it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lotrfan4 View Post
    Hi all-

    So for a while I've wanted to go into small business with my web development skills. I'm relatively proficient at both HTML and JavaScript, and I'm working on PHP and Python. The thing I've always been worried about is getting a customer and not being able to complete their project. So here's the question: How do you know when you're ready to advertise your skills?

    Thanks in advance,
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    Don't be afraid on taking risk, you will never know how ready you are unless try, always remember "Experience is the best teacher".
    Always accept failure, for it will be your stepping stone to achieve success.


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