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How (and what) is it to be an independent developer?

If you are an independent developer please share your experiences, insights, how you achieve your goals, etc :)

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sips green tea

I suck at being independent, so what I do to accomplish my goals is add my good project manager friend to my team and let them boss me around and keep me on track. I am really good at doing things for other people.

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Manuele J Sarfatti

This is genius. I wonder if there is a PMAAS (Project Manager As A Service) service out there, or a VPM (Virtual Project Manager) service that provides PMs for those of us who need it.

If not, let's make it happen.

kmwill23 profile image

Or a new Alexa skill!

Alexa, send me a guilt trip tomorrow at 5pm.

For real though, this could be a successful service. I'd ask my friend, but there is every chance I may just end up hiring her full time πŸ˜‚

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Mohammad Fazel

self-discipline is so vital for developers, never ever go without planning because you will end up doing a little job for big amount of time.

now what I do is use proper planning and listing my most important tasks before I go to sleep the last day!

I use in order to manage my time.

I hope you make it!

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Mohammed Samgan Khan

It's kinda tough, coz it doesn't matter how smart you are you can not know it all.
when working in a team. brainstorming helps...

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Jean-Michel πŸ•΅πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Fayard • Edited

β˜•β˜• I spend a lot of time on CafΓ©s talking with people. that's my informal team that I'm using for learning and brainstorming and it works great

what about discipline?

I have found this boss as a service
website that is both hilarious and acutely useful!

the points where I struggle are marketing for freelancers and pricing!

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After I lost my job, I am an independent developer. Being an independent developer can be quite challenging, requiring patience and preparation for the possibility of not turning a profit in the short term.
By the way, I would like to promote my own product, a local server environment named ServBay. If you're interested, please take a look. Suggestions would be welcomed.
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