I have been a self employed contracted Ruby on Rails developer for a couple of weeks now. I cannot thank @rebelhold and @m3talsmith enough for this opportunity. Leaving the big bad corporate world is scary as Hell, but it is a lot easier when you have others to help you.
Hiring myself as my boss was quite a change in life for me. I have NEVER been without a JOB. This is the first time that I have ever been ‘self-employed’. I have to say that at least now I am fully responsible for my success or failure. I am also only limited to what I “want” to do. If I want a “raise” then I will have to work more. For the first time, I control my own destiny!
Again, I have to thank @m3talsmith, @fzf and @rebelhold for teaching me and helping me learn while coding. It is RebelHold’s philosophy to help others to learn Ruby on Rails and do to so without charging to teach. If you have read any of my other posts you will know that I am pretty anti paying to learn RoR or charging for doing so. I think that open source is or should be a community that works and learns together. If you have read any of my posts you know that I am so impressed with the Rails community and the fact that most Rubyists or Rails devs are always willing to assist others. The @rubyaz group in the Phoenix area is a very strong and tight community with monthly meetings offering ANYBODY to present on Ruby related topics. If you live in the valley you definitely need to check them out.
Rails underestimated….. Yes I really did underestimate Rails and I see that I have soooo much more to learn. That being said, every day I learn a little more and every day I am one more day out of the corporate world.