Monday, August 28, 2006
I had nice, stable, full-time permanent employment, but today I gave my two weeks' notice so that I could accept a contracting gig. Maybe I didn't learn anything from my failed contracting career.
This didn't come out of the blue. I made the decision to leave my current job a few months ago. My latest project finished about a month ago, so I was able to start looking for work.
The timing of the offer was pretty good. I was on vacation last week, and now I have two weeks of not-really-doing-anything, including a three-day weekend, before the new job starts. It's almost like having three weeks off from my old job, except for all the stuff I need to do to prepare for the new job.
I've already bought a new MacBook and other computer equipment, knowing that I'd use it all for work (and that I'd get to write it off). Now I need to take care of getting a business license, medical insurance, accounting software, and all that other stuff that small business owners need to do.
Do I expect this time to be different from the last time I tried going independent? Yes. The economic climate is better, and I have a couple of reliable sources of future work. I'm also ridiculously optimistic.