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Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Melbourne <> Central Australia
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| | App and eBook developer and...
Just discovered this site today. Already found some great information and stoked to see people on the forums!
I'm a mobile app developer specialising in cross-platform development and fixed-layout and enhanced eBooks. I am particularly interested in working with authors to bring their stories to life in a digital form, and love working with Children's authors. But my overall passion is for all things digital and I love finding ways to take a product or service into the digital space.
I can't help but naturally be the Jack-of-all-trades IT person, but am finding that the 'one stop shop' doesn't really cut it when marketing your services. I find it is best to try and market a specialty and then find clients who ask if I can also edit some video, fix their website or do some writing for them as well. I find most of my work comes from referrals.
I recently moved to Melbourne after about 20 years in the Northern Territory. I have a PhD in Australian Indigenous Studies and experience working in a number of different fields and on collaborative media projects. After working for myself for the majority of my working life, I'm a bit confused about where I fit in to the jobs market in Melbourne. I've dabbled with applying for jobs and had conversations with recruitment agencies who advertise jobs but won't tell me who I would be working for (what's with that?). But I've found they lose interest when they can't easily put me into one of their boxes. So, I've been flying solo.
Working for myself means low overheads, which in turn means I can offer an affordable hourly rate. I'm also committed to quality and detail (sometimes too much!). But I do struggle with the business side of things working solo. I much prefer just to focus on creating things. Having to find work, do the books and strategise are necessary evils for me, which I guess I have to do if I want to work for myself! For this reason I've been thinking about looking in to finding like minded people to possibly establish a business with, but those people can be hard to find.
When asked to quote or submit a proposal for a creative project, I tend to look at the problem to be solved and think of the best way to approach it and apply a particular media to it. Is it a book, a film, an app or a website? I've discovered while this approach might work well in the NT, it's not necessarily the way things work in a big city where things seem to be a bit more compartmentalised! So, I'm here trying to learn about how things work for a small business in a more structured and established marketplace. It's been a bit of a challenge, and despite there being a hell of a lot more people here, working as an indie has been a bit of an isolating experience.
So I'm looking to make connections with people in Melbourne outside of the corporate IT sector. I'm always up for a yarn or happy to chew the fat about apps, ePublishing and other topics. My contact details are on my website tootable.com if you want to connect.