I am not looking for a job

Published on 2012-12-11

Note - I am now fully booked up until June, after which I will start charging again, please do get in touch however, as we can likely work something out that balances the wants of below, with the needs of a lifestyle that unfortunely does seem to cost money

After a productive weekend in Vilnius at the "We Actually Build Stuff" conference, I came back to the client I have been spending most of my time with in Belgium these past two years feeling a bit despondent.

Why was I still there? I had already made my intent clear a month ago - that after this contract expired I wasn't going to renew, I had saved enough money to survive for a year if need be, I was not exactly enjoying what I was doing (for many of the standard self-defeating enterprise issues) and as one of my friends put it "Staying just to save some extra cash just seems like a stupid idea if you're not enjoying it"

So I went in, found myself unable to function any more and decided to expediate the process of leaving, kindly they came to an agreement and I was able to head off providing I reply to a few e-mails :-).

Many folk have already offered that I come and take a job with them, and while their hearts are in the right place, I wish to make it known that this is not what I want to do for the next couple of years.

I actually have some semi-concrete plans next year that will make all of this happen, this will take a few months to put into place though and in the meanwhile I have an offer for YOU, if you are interested and feeling brave.

I am offering the following two things

I will come and spend a few days (1-2 weeks) at your workplace (in Europe), building stuff for expenses and a roof over my head

Seriously, I don't have much to do (I have a few paid commitments which will take priority, but other than that plenty of time) and I want to help you Build Stuff, for FREE.

Of course you are perfectly welcome to toss me a few euros for my time as well, but whatever, money is not important for the next few months at least.

I can help you with your Javascripts, your .NETs and your NoSqls, I am especially interested in helping teams who are new to JS get to grips with it quickly, I am very intersted in discussing difficult migration paths from legacy code (such as Silverlight for example).

If you are building games, then I am especially interested in coming to say hello, even if you're in somewhere boring like Guildford ;-)

I will cook you a curry for a roof over my head

Coupled with the first offer, if you're the developer putting me up then I'll cook you a curry, I'm pretty practised at this and can tailor this to your tastes if asked - this is a serious offer, I love cooking and I love coding - what is better than combining the two.

Anyway, if either of these appeal to you, get in touch at robashton@codeofrob.com or twitter @robashton

My availability can be seen publicly at google calendars

This used to ask if you wanted to hire me

But chances are I'm not available, as I'm busy shipping stuff.

I am available for conference speaking, I like talking and will do so for just T&E (and perhaps a bottle of wine or two).

I have done soft keynotes, and usually entertain/rile people in equal proportion, but prefer to talk tech as that's what I do

Email me :)

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