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Christian Stryczynski

Freelance software developer. Haskelling at night. Hopefully unconventional. Fan of Dvorak

Going freelance fulltime!

Wooooo!

After a few interviews towards various "full" Haskell roles, I got rejected from all of them! F@$K. I think I nearly succeeded with a few of them. I kind of wished I would have waited till I acquired more hands on experience with Haskell, but it was already SO long since I started learning it, that I just wanted some feedback to know what the"Haskell ecosystem" looks like and the expectations. I can't say I'm disappointed.

So I'm on Plan B - full time freelance. I've been doing some freelance work for nearly 5 years now - so I'm not really new to the whole practice, but having to take it on full time was a bit of challenge. Initially, I even had second thoughts about the whole thing, I thought I may have underestimated things. I definitely got quite emotionally invested in all the new potential clients early on, and it took a toll when things didn't work out as planned. A gray day here or there. 

But I've got a fairly steady pipeline of work now thankfully! At some point, I realized I just have to keep working on things, speak to clients - and everything would just get better from there. It just took some time (2/3 weeks) to get "good" at it. The change of mindset has been amazing and it has filled me with a bunch of confidence.

I'm not totally sure in the direction I'm heading it's a mix of :

  • Build a stronger clientele

  • Try to introduce useful new tech in existing projects / new projects

  • Expand my technical knowledge

  • Work on some business ideas

  • Get into some mainstream FP language (Scala / F# / Clojure) (non - freelance route)

It's great working from home though! My schedule is still a bit chaotic - but I'm sure this will settle down. It also means I can take a long lunch break / have a cycle / play a game of chess - it's been so long since I've had a day where I felt I didn't get enough sleep. 

Written by Christian Stryczynski on Friday April 14, 2017

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