I mostly write
and other such things.
I can do basic front-end work,
but it is not my forte;
in particular, do not expect it to look pretty.
So, if your project is front-end, I’m out;
if it’s full-stack, I might not be the best choice
(unless it’s rather back-end heavy);
but if it’s “back-end-ish”,
There are three general ways I’ll write software for you:
1: Fixed Price Projects
I may make a fixed-price bid on your project, if you’ve had it thoroughly roadmapped. (Ideally by me; I’m open to going by other people’s roadmaps, but will need to read the roadmap before I bid.) Project-based work is done remotely (barring any meetings we agree on before starting), on the schedule we agree on for completion and any other milestones.
2: Buying My Time
Since I’m semi-retired, I feel entitled to be a bit picky, in the following ways:
You must already have good software engineering processes and tooling set up. (If you don’t, perhaps you need my advice service first, and time to act on it!)
The project should either use Elixir or otherwise really “tickle my fancy”.
I don’t do 40-hour weeks; I much prefer about 20 or fewer, and billing by the day or larger unit.
I also prefer fairly brief engagements, of six months or less.
If you insist on counting hours, it’s $199 per hour or part thereof, and more if you want me to exceed that time or track time more tightly than that. However, there are discounts for larger units, after we agree on a rough average level of effort. You should not have to worry about how many hours something takes me, so long as I deliver on schedule and budget. As Jonathan Stark says, Hourly Billing Is Nuts!
For the duration of the COVID pandemic, this is remote-only, though occasional travel of up to a week is OK.
3: As Part of my Advice Service
This would be done as part of my “advising your team” service offering, so go see that page. It’s much more expensive, and the goal is not so much to contribute towards the software being finished, but rather to observe the problems your team is having, “lead by example”, and make recommendations about processes, tools, techniques, etc. So, if you just want me to write software for you, I wouldn’t advise this way… but it’s here for completeness.
I will fix for free anything that we both agree is a bug in software I wrote.
I will learn for free anything that I think I will likely use on later contracts for other clients.
I have a TS, which could be useful for occasional site visits. (If you don’t know what I mean, don’t worry, you don’t need it.)
I occasionally speak at conferences, so there will be occasional weeks when I will not be available, sometimes multiple in a row. However, I will inform you well in advance.
I am not open to relocation, “permanent” employment, spending months on the road, changing careers, or working for equity or “on spec”! Please do not contact me about such things; I will treat it as spam.
If there’s anything else you need, or you’re ready to submit your inquiry, go ahead and contact me.