Monday, 21 February 2011

The Joy of Contracting

As you may or may not know I have been contracting since 2007, almost 4 years now and I have to say that it has been best business/career decision that I have made, even through the worst recession since the 1930's have managed maintain  paying work and hopefully ’touch wood’ that continues in the future.

I had an experience recently where a deal went wrong, this is the first time in my contracting career that a real 'bad thing' happened to me. Basically a deal went bad when I thought it was signed and sealed. I'm not going to go into the ‘nitty gritty’ of it here, but it did get me thinking about contracting, running a business and how it differently things play out compared to permanent employment. In hindsight and on reflection there is very little that I could have done to prevent this deal going bad. I did though want to learn from it.That gave me an idea that maybe I could write a little about my contracting experiences to help others who may be trying to do the same thing as myself.Contracting is all about making the deal

So with that in mind I have launched a sub-domain on my blog where I will talk about contracting, this will generally be a UK focused but I'm sure there will be something to help contractors and business owners  who live and work outside the UK. Also I'm not going to re-invent the wheel either, there are some other good sites out there that will  cover an issue better than me I will happily re-direct you there for more information. 

The contracting side of this blog will not be included in my blog main feed, you will need to subscribe to it separately. I have done this because most of the readers of my main blog are there because I write predominately about SQL Server and I do not want to dilute or mix-up the contracting stuff with my SQL Server writing.

My contracting blog can be found here if this is something that you are interested in, or even currently doing please feel free to subscribe to the feed, contributions, thoughts and opinions welcome.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Test Post

February Update

I haven't written anything for a while and again, for the second month running I  missed TSQL2usday. It's a shame because I normally enjoy the monthly blog party but time has gotten away from me of late and I have been very busy. As such the frequency of blog posts has decreased. My friend, Ian Treasure prompted me into this post with his comment, "You haven't blogged anything for while" so I thought if Mr Treasure has noticed I've not been writing much then other people must have noticed too so I better dust off Live Writer and get a post out.

So with that in mind, and to act as motivation for me write a bit more regularly as things settle down a bit after a few busy months, I thought I would share some ideas I have for some posts:

Partitioning - A how to post

Clustering - An Overview post


I have also promised to write an another article for SCC, you can read my first one here

I also would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my good friend Justin Hostettler-Davies who recently completed a trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro raising £1000's for Valindre Cancer Centre. You can read about his experience here.

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