I am a former senior technologist for an IT infrastructure provider1 In late 2006 I left.
After ten years of start-up life, with a less than year year corporate hiatus in between, I was thinking about doing something else. Or, at the very least, not doing anything specific for a little while. I was burned out personally and professionally. I needed a break so that I could decide what was next for me. That worked for about six months, until boredom set in and bills needed to get paid.
In early 2007 I started freelancing/consulting as my main occupation – for the third time in my life – focusing on primarily on network engineering, server farm engineering, and technical and entrepreneurial writing.
This was not the first time I’d been a freelancer. I’d had two prior stints of about a year each, which I’d used to fund my life while working on business plans that eventually turned into other endeavors, partnerships, and collaborations.
I continue to freelance today, seven years later, deriving the bulk (>80%) of my income from freelancing/consulting, primarily on technology matters.
How This Web Site, ITConsultingLessons.com, Came to Be
In late 2008 I started up a small e-mail list for independent IT professionals (consultants, contractors, freelancers). My intention was, and still is, to share the strategies, mistakes, successes, perspectives, and resources I’ve come across in my own IT consulting adventures.
I’ve been an IT professional for 17 years and consulted for
7 8 9 of those years. I’ve started three solo and sub-contractor using small IT consulting practices. I’ve gotten fairly good at establishing them and running them through those critical first one to three years, but only because I’ve made numerous mistakes and been willing to fail forward fast.
Through this web site, the blog, the e-mail list, and other resources you’ll discover the professional success strategies shared by many of the most successful freelancers and consultants, service providers, and independent professionals – and how you can turn this into competitive advantage by borrowing what they’ve already figured out.
I regularly share strategies, tactics, perspectives, tools, experts, peers, and other notable resource. My aim is that you can leverage what you come across here in your own endeavors.
Josh Richards – Revised: January 29, 2014
They operate their own data centers, metropolitan fiber, Internet peering and transit backbone, and cloud server farm. ↩