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    • bobjonkman repeated a notice by clacke 13 November 2021
      RT @clacke I think everyone should learn at least a little bit of computer programming, so they can learn to hate computers at deeper level."Give a man a program, frustrate him for a day. Teach a man to program, frustrate him for a lifetime."twitit.gq/ddzwiedziu/status/14…
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      bobjonkman favorited something by clacke: I think everyone should learn at least a little bit of computer programming, so they can learn to hate computers at deeper level."Give a man a program, frustrate him for a day.Teach a man to program, frustrate him for a lifetime."twitit.gq/ddzwiedziu/status/14…
    • New note by bobjonkman 8 November 2021
      Some of us still do that - make the content the most important thing on the page, rather than the chrome and the flash and the bling...
    • bobjonkman repeated a notice by lxo 8 November 2021
      RT @lxo remember when web site designers worked really hard to cut down the amount of nonsense on the web page so it would spend fewer server, network and client resources, and would load faster? those were the days. that was before surveillance capitalism took hold, I suppose.
    • Favorite 8 November 2021
      bobjonkman favorited something by lxo: remember when web site designers worked really hard to cut down the amount of nonsense on the web page so it would spend fewer server, network and client resources, and would load faster? those were the days. that was before surveillance capitalism took hold, I suppose.
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      bobjonkman favorited something by lnxw48a1: "htyps" is the secure typos protocol. This should have been "https" instead.
    • bobjonkman repeated a notice by lnxw48a1 2 November 2021
      RT @lnxw48a1 "htyps" is the secure typos protocol. This should have been "https" instead.
    • New note by bobjonkman 28 October 2021
      Me too! I've been reading things for radio broadcast, but I have no idea what I'm saying... Concentrating too hard on reading ahead of what I'm speaking so I can do the intonation right...
    • bobjonkman repeated a notice by lxo 28 October 2021
      RT @lxo funny thing, when I read stuff aloud, it's like DMA, it doesn't go through the CPU, and I can't recall what I've heard. I only retain what I read if I read it quietly
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      bobjonkman favorited something by lxo: funny thing, when I read stuff aloud, it's like DMA, it doesn't go through the CPU, and I can't recall what I've heard. I only retain what I read if I read it quietly

How to be a big-time consultant

Posted by Bob Jonkman on 25th May 2012

Tad wearing many neckties, top hat and monocle

Big-Time Consultant

A colleague asked:

How can I become a big-time consultant, just like you?

If you’re going to set up your own business, the first and most important thing is to get a good accountant, someone who knows about tax advantages for small businesses and can handle your payroll, tax payments, and both personal and business income tax. The rest kind of flows from there.

The next thing is to get a placement agency to do the work of finding work, advertising, marketing, and billing. Far easier for you to invoice one placement agency than to deal with multiple clients.

You should probably register your business as a “sole proprietor”. I did that initially, then incorporated five years later when a client required it (they contracted only to incorporated businesses). Your accountant can provide advice on this.

Ideally you’ll want to find a specialty. There’s not much demand for generalists. Web development skills, database administration, network cabling or teaching experience should be an advantage there.

Give knowledge away for free. Participate in online mailing lists and forums, be seen at tech events. Give presentations! That doesn’t make you any money directly, but serves to build up your reputation. Don’t be afraid to take chances. Playing it safe is comfortable, but accepting risks may lead to bigger and better contracts.

–Bob.

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