You might want to think about what some places are now calling "private clouds." They primarily seem to be managed Virtual Server boxes (VMWare/Hyper-V) in which then you manage the individual hosts. This way you could structure your environment to be however you wanted. The only downside of this is that you will have to spend more time in the sys-admin role getting everything set up.
This section of the forum seems a little dead, but I'll give it a shot anyways.
Ok, so maybe the title's a bit of an exaggeration. But I am beginning to feel this way about salaried employment. I've only worked in two jobs but have talked to many others who describe a similar situation. Things are tedious in the corporate world, projects get stalled, code gets "maintained" (aka hundreds of format changes) and there's the inevitable waiting for approval and doing things to your bosses' "standards".
After reading a couple books on getting into consulting it seems like it might be the thing for me. What I'm hoping to find here is some advice or even better wisdom from others who have gone down this road.
I have 3 years experience and already feel like I am more productive and adept than my co-workers. I am by no means an expert but I also don't see my current line of work as a way to get to that level.
What are some of your regrets or decisions that you are grateful for having made? Is 3 years experience too early to start on my own? What can I do to better prepare myself for the business aspect of consulting?
What exactly do you mean by consulting? Do you simply mean doing contract work or do you mean real consulting? Are you talking about just simply telling recruiters to find you 3 or 6 month projects or are you talking about building a company where you sell your services?
Real consulting is probably 20% coding tops. The rest is sales and business analysis.
I would like majority of my time to be coding. I realize to start this way I would need to work entirely with recruiters at first. My hope is that through networking and ambitious marketing I could gradually reduce the amount of leads found through recruiters.
As Pete said, this is contracting and is VASTLY different from consulting or working for yourself. To run a consulting firm you need a wide range of skills, the LEAST of which is coding skills.
Depending on what country/region you are in contracting can also be quite different. In western countries a contractor is often required to have above norm skills and a fairly wide range of coding abilities. Whereas in Asia the contractor is considered the poor bugger who is not good enough to land a permanent job. Very different attitudes.
However if you think you are going to get away from delays, politics and bureaucracy think again, they are still there but with a little more pressure.
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