Last friday, a complex multi-stage contract I’ve been working on for the past 6 months unexpectedly fell through. While I was starting to wonder if I was being stringed along at a short-term stage of the contract, having all stages fall through together was quite a shock. Not only because this pretty much relocates my whole “5-year-plan” to the garbage bin, but more so because of the time and money invested into it, without having anything to show for it. While in hindsight I can see points where I could have made smarter decisions, I am where I am now: looking for something to work on, the sooner the better.
Normally, I would choose a contract based on the challenge it gives me and how much joy I expect to get out of it. However, given the financial setback, the “rules” for this round are a bit different:
- An offer that pays in shorter terms (e.g. biweekly instead of monthly) gets ranked higher than longer terms
- Any offer that has some form of signing bonus or other means of payments up front ranks a whole lot higher
- The sooner an offer can start, the higher it ranks
- No offer is being considered exclusively, like I’ve always done in the past. As long as there is no signature, every offer is considered.
So, if you are (or know anyone) looking desperately for a seasoned PHP developer (with reasonable system administration and frontend (CSS/JS) skills) and can consider a remote contractor: please have a look at my resume and please do not hesitate to contact me. I do my best work in integrating applications (connecting the pieces effectively), and/or working directly with non-technical people (like a Marketing department), but I am taking anything I can get now, especially if it pays sooner.
It’s been almost a year since my previous “I’m available” post, and hopefully I can follow up this one even sooner with an “I’m unavailable again” post. Again not the post I was hoping to write, but I seem to make a habit of that ;).
P.S. After some questions, I guess it wasn’t clear enough yet: I left Barracuda Networks after the 6mo contract ended.
P.P.S. A couple of you have been aware of the contract I was working on. If that includes you, and I have not approached you directly yet: please contact me via our usual means if you have any questions or want to talk.
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