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Unexpected changes and hoping for new opportunities

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I was kind of taken by surprise, well, not kind off… I was really taken by surprise.

I found myself being told that I had to be let go by my employer. Now I want to be clear, I have absolutely no “ill will” for my employer. I love and respect them very much.

It was a case of numbers and you folks who’ve been self-employed or run businesses know that if the numbers don’t match up, then things can’t continue the way they’re going…. something has to change.

So just before Christmas I found myself without work. Thankfully I had my daughter’s Christmas gifts bought and paid for.
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New job on the horizon, back to coding and hands on tech stuff

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As I’ve been working as a self-employed small contractor for 4 years out of the last 6, I can say that I’ve learned alot.

I’ve learned alot about business. I’ve learned alot about money… I’ve learned alot about ColdFusion, PHP, ColdBox, Model-Glue, Kohana, WordPress, Drupal…. servers….. contracts….. etc… etc.. etc….

Most importantly though, I’ve learned alot about myself.

Through these years I’ve also gone through several changes in my life. Some changes directly impacted by work and some directly impacting my work.

I’ve got a wonderful little girl that gets me to think about just how fortunate I am to have such a wonderful little person in my life. Not only is it my responsibility to be an example for her and to teach her… but she also teaches me quite frequently.

I had taken a 14 week contract with a local company earlier in the year, back in mid-may.

Today I received a formal job offer by a company that I’m quite familiar with. I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to become part of this small business in an attempt to help them grow while I focus my time doing the things that I feel much more passionate about. That being getting my eyes back in code, the odd server and other technology related work.

I’ve learned this about myself….. that while I do love learning new coding skills, tech skills…. when coupled administration, marketing, sales…. contract negotiation…. contract drafting….. being a 1 man show burns me out. In fact, after these years of trying on my own…. being totally on my own…. it tires me just to think about it.

So with that, I look forward to putting my efforts back into the technology and less in all the other administrative tasks. I believe I’ve learned that this is where I belong!
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