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Discussion on: How did you get your first software developer job?

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You should give me advice :D
I was a frontend developer for the last 4 years and now I want to run my own business. It was a wild ride. I'm shocked at how much bad software and negligence there is in the "top" agencies here in croatia. It really is true that 20% of the people do 80% of the work. I'm shocked at how many projects that were using the same bad practices end up here for "maintenance" which is code for make it work somehow. Just like e-waste and plastic gets sold on the world market to some third world country the same is happening with software. All the stuff that was bleeding edge 3-5 years ago now needs someone to maintain and it all ends up here.

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Christopher Wray Author • Edited

Yeah, I imagine that can be frustrating, but the great thing is that with good communication skills you can take advantage of being the hardest worker, and get more work.

I think the biggest advice I would say to you wanting to start your own company is to communicate clearly with your clients and take a LOT of time at the beginning of each project to truly understand what your clients' specifications are.

It could have saved a lot of pain if I would have done that on a couple of projects instead of just jumping in head first on trying to get what I thought the client wanted done.