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    bradzo
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    To all you wonderful FS people, I would absolutely cherish your advice.

    Before I go on, I’d like you to read this first.

    I have been let go from my current 9-5 (last day is 14-Oct-2011)
    and I see no work on the horizon from places like Seek etc given my current skills.

    I applied for Technical Writer (Cloud) with RedHat – got an interview (which I thought went swimmingly) but ultimately, thanks, but no thanks.

    Given all that, where should I take myself now? Please be mindful of what you’ve read about me, above.

    I have thought of NEIS, but … that means waiting 13 weeks apparently. 13 weeks with no income – not with outstanding financial obligations (pre-existing ATO and…) – that’s …. difficult, to say the least.

    I know I can do stuff – how best to get myself “out there” and start earning a dollar from what I love to do?

    I think I need someone to help me – mentoring, business planning, I’m all over the shop at the moment. Have taken a weeks annual leave to develop some new billing software for the satellite phone people (they quite like me I feel :)) and I have good rapport there, but that won’t last forever. Only ad-hoc.

    As for the Australian Ladies Professional Golf, we’ve mooted the idea of sending them off to another provider (before I was made aware I was no longer required in my present role) – perhaps I can salvage that too… but they’re only “season” based (Nov to Jan/Feb each year)

    I noticed Victoria from ExpertAgency… maybe she can help me with my “brand” ? Not sure of how many dollars I have coming in though to pay for that….

    So all at sea, and no rudders.

    Thanks for reading – I really appreciate it, and apologise in advance for the rambling, but I need some direction.

    Thanks again everyone – and please, read my about me – that should give you a better feel for who I am, and what I’ve done.

    And yes, its all the truth. That’s all I have.

    Cheers
    Brad

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    HI Brad, I read your ‘about me’ and your story.

    Robert Gerrish talks a lot about ‘being authentic’. It’s what I try to be and what I believe you should be.

    That includes working your passion … which in your case is developing software.

    Once you have decided what you really want to do, then the steps will start to fall into place. You have to know what you want to do first.

    All the best.

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    I think the NEIS program may warrant further investigation.

    From what I know, you first need to clam in the New Start Allowance (NSA) (Which you should be able to do immediately as your previous employment was not ceased at your own decision). Once your are on the NSA, you can usually enrol in the NEIS program immediately. At most wait a few weeks.

    Depending on which NIES provider you go through (my source is Sarina Russo) it will take you anywhere from 6-12 weeks to complete the Cert IV in Small Business Management (which is free) and by the end of the course you should have complete business & financial plan for submission to the the Department of Education, Employment & Work Place Relations (DEEWR).

    During this entire time you are actually still on the NSA and still need to report to Centrelink fortnightly (which you can now do online). Once your business plan/financials are approved by DEEWR, you change from the NSA to the NEIS Allowance and I am pretty sure it’s the same amount (about $475.00 per fortnight). While on NIES you may also earn up $5,000 per quarter from other sources with out your payments being effected (if you held some part time or contract work on the side) further to that, I think your actual business can earn up to around 60K before your NIES is reviewed.

    The sooner you register for the NSA and then the NIES, the sooner you can apply your self to seeking out that path you want for yourself.

    Hope that helps.

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    Hello Bradzo,

    I don’t have an answer. Here are my thoughts tho;

    First thought, software dev is highly specialist and diverse in both domain knowledge and technical knowledge. Think carefully about where you go or you will be ‘lost’ again in 5 years…you don’t want to be just taking anything you can get…

    Second thought, If you are a solo software developer and thats your thing it is a waste of expense to go about branding yourself….there is too much work to be done in your speciality rather than branding matters…not to mention the overheads…

    Third thought, The majority of small business cannot afford custom software (unless that IS there business). Lots of small business WANT custom software dev but are niave to the costs involved and the risks they place themselves in…Small biz software dev market is things like making excel spreadsheets, fixing up botched ms-access dbs, adhoc unfulfilling stuff, etc :)

    Forth thought, target people who both need and can afford custom stuff This works in conjunction with thought 3

    Fifth thought, (this one contradicts thought 1)..,it doesn’t matter which way you go…you’re screwed anyway…its software dev… haha yes Im getting cynical in my age

    Sixth thought, find a business owner one of those big picture guys with a really big ego, stroke it, over promise, tell him how great it’s going to be….then….hurriedly implement some rubbish, make it look pretty, don’t think about architecture….ref integrity, foreign keys, what are they?! he don’t care…….the really cool part about this is, you are simultaneously screwing both the owner and the next software dev guy….and if you’re a psychopath sadist this is deliciously tasty stuff…..lol oh wait before anyone gets any ideas, no dont do this..I repeat, don’t do this….

    Seventh thought, I better go to bed :)

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    Sometimes the things that seem so bad at the time galvanise us into action and another direction which change our lives for the better (I know it doesn’t feel like that now). May not make you feel better but many have travelled this path and those that come out the other end smiling don’t give up and apply themselves often to new fields and directions.

    As hard as it may seem right now – start thinking you have an opportunity to evaluate what you really want to do in life and take heart that many people make a living following their dreams and often live better lives for it.

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    What Harry said.

    Do go to Centrelink straight away.

    We had a friend in a similiar situation – age-wise and after a lifetime of innovative work.

    He’s got a good job now and it came about through the connection between outside job network contractors and Newstart recipients.

    Our friend is highly educated and was really humiliated to be even seen in the Centrelink/job network office – but the guy from the job network agency who had the task of helping our friend with his resume/job hunting was an ex-high-school principal his own age and they just really clicked.

    It took him 7 months to find another job but he felt he was supported by this ex-principal the whole way.

    Good luck.

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    JohnSheppard, post: 92251 wrote:
    Hello Bradzo,

    I don’t have an answer. Here are my thoughts tho;

    First thought, software dev is highly specialist and diverse in both domain knowledge and technical knowledge. Think carefully about where you go or you will be ‘lost’ again in 5 years…you don’t want to be just taking anything you can get…

    Second thought, If you are a solo software developer and thats your thing it is a waste of expense to go about branding yourself….there is too much work to be done in your speciality rather than branding matters…not to mention the overheads…

    Third thought, The majority of small business cannot afford custom software (unless that IS there business). Lots of small business WANT custom software dev but are niave to the costs involved and the risks they place themselves in…Small biz software dev market is things like making excel spreadsheets, fixing up botched ms-access dbs, adhoc unfulfilling stuff, etc :)

    Forth thought, target people who both need and can afford custom stuff This works in conjunction with thought 3

    Fifth thought, (this one contradicts thought 1)..,it doesn’t matter which way you go…you’re screwed anyway…its software dev… haha yes Im getting cynical in my age

    Sixth thought, find a business owner one of those big picture guys with a really big ego, stroke it, over promise, tell him how great it’s going to be….then….hurriedly implement some rubbish, make it look pretty, don’t think about architecture….ref integrity, foreign keys, what are they?! he don’t care…….the really cool part about this is, you are simultaneously screwing both the owner and the next software dev guy….and if you’re a psychopath sadist this is deliciously tasty stuff…..lol oh wait before anyone gets any ideas, no dont do this..I repeat, don’t do this….

    Seventh thought, I better go to bed :)

    Aren’t you a ray of sunshine, John :) Made me laugh.

    Brad, below is just in case you’re too caught up in the situation to see potential. If it’s silly or irrelevant, please just take it as well wishes & support from a fellow codemonkey.

    I didn’t get the details of you latest role from the Bio page (though maybe I just tried to skim too quickly, sorry). If you’re not working for the IT provider for the Lady Golfers and Intergalactic Phone people, it might be worth asking for a favourable intro to them (respective IT providers, that is, hopefully servicing a market of companies with 25+ (50+?) employees).

    If you are working for the current provider, then maybe if they’re still on good terms with the previous provider, you could ask for an intro to them instead :)

    The good thing about being a solo software developer is that you’re only ever 1 good project away from being happily stuck in a dark room for the next x months earning a comfortable living. Just need to find that project, and avoid getting involved in projects that, while compelling, ain’t no good for you. Good luck!

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    Hi Brad

    have you considered http://www.freelancer.com or http://www.elance.com?

    There are hundreds (if not thousands) of projects posted there daily of differing kinds that may provide you with work.

    All the best with whatever you decide to do.

    Programmer. Analyst. Nerd. Calcul8ors.com.au Custom Software & Collaboration
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    Actually, another website you might want to check out is http://www.liveperson.com, where you can register as an expert for people to hire your services.

    Cheers

    Programmer. Analyst. Nerd. Calcul8ors.com.au Custom Software & Collaboration
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    tbc, post: 92293 wrote:
    Aren’t you a ray of sunshine, John :)

    lol, perhaps courtesy of some bad career choices :) There can be good money made in software dev no doubt, but it seems to me to come with a whole lot more risk than other fields…there is certainly a crapload of mistakes to be made.

    IMO, The safest bet is java/.net in corporate environments as one can move away from transient information when one realises that fundamentally it is foolish to base your career on such things…

    There will always be young naive go getter’s around and they have V, redbull and caffiene :)… these people will always do better at transient info than an old guy…

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    To everyone who replied:

    Thank you so much.


    @JohnSheppard
    – you really made me laugh at a time that I needed it.

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    find a business owner one of those big picture guys with a really big ego, stroke it, over promise, tell him how great it’s going to be….then….hurriedly implement some rubbish, make it look pretty, don’t think about architecture….ref integrity, foreign keys, what are they?! he don’t care…….the really cool part about this is, you are simultaneously screwing both the owner and the next software dev guy….and if you’re a psychopath sadist this is deliciously tasty stuff…..lol oh wait before anyone gets any ideas, no dont do this..I repeat, don’t do this….
    I need to try this immediately! :) :)


    @Calcul8or
    – thanks for the links – hard to compete with those from the “sub-continent” at $?? an hour.

    I couldn’t compete against that with a recent proposal I received – the client had already done her homework re freelancer etc. :(


    @tbc
    – yes, I’ve asked for referrals – I will do it again. Thanks.


    @JaneB
    – yes, I intend to do that next week – when I don’t have a “job” – although went a few weeks ago to register with a job network agency – its the 13 weeks that is the killer.


    @yourvirtualboard
    – thanks – yes, opportunity is the key word – and I know I’m late, but can I just say that with Steve Jobs’ passing, and with all the stuff that has been written about what he said ….

    Quote:
    As hard as it may seem right now – start thinking you have an opportunity to evaluate what you really want to do in life and take heart that many people make a living following their dreams and often live better lives for it.
    I want to do that – and what did Steve say?
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    “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address


    @NathanB
    – thanks for that – I will investigate NEIS further. So many opportunities!!!!!

    @KarenC – thank you. Yes, being authentic in everything you do… I agree.

    Finally:
    It looks like I’ve been offered something great – still working out the details, and while it doesn’t tick all the boxes, it provides a comfort zone for the moment.

    So thank you to everyone who replied – I really appreciate it, and I apologise for the lengthy delay in replying.

    If I can leave this with all of you (Steve Jobs again)

    Quote:
    “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Think Different

    To quote a humourous Aussie TV show from a while back:

    ” I think there’s something in that for all of us “

    Cheers
    Brad

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