When Tue Mar 6 7pm — 9pm
Where Lecture Hall
1825 Monetary Ln #104 Carrollton, TX 75006
What Taking your skills beyond Makserspace
Host Joe King
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  • Cost: Free

Cancellations for this event must be made before March 6, 2018 — 7:00pm.

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About this Event

One of the best ways to advance your skills is to take ‘real-world’ projects; as almost every project will teach you ‘something’- whether 'for-hire' or as a volunteer, creating projects for others will push your skills more than your own projects.

Many students are used to ‘bending’ their requirements to match their skills, design styles, and timelines. Taking ‘real-world’ projects tend to present new challenges which will make you a better programmer, or at least a better funded programmer. When you buy your next fully-loaded MacBook Pro from client funds, it makes it easier to consider upgrades!

The instructor of this course has been contract developer for 20+ years. From larger ‘corporate’ contracts for companies like Apple, Hasbro, Eli Lilly, Neiman Marcus, Tenet Healthcare, state governments, federal agencies, and scores of ‘mom and pops’. This course is focusing on the process of marketing yourself, selling projects, closing the sale, and managing client expectations.

Whether you are a custom coder using Rudy, Python, Java, .NET, or Objective C; or a web developer using WordPress, Joomla, Drupla, etc.; or a solutions provider building solutions in FileMaker Pro, Sharepoint, or Salesforce- we all follow the same process and many of the same resources to find projects.

In this course we examine where to find contract projects. We will discuss fixed versus hourly pricing. We may have a conversation 'value-based' pricing. We discuss techniques on how to close projects, and then how to exceed expectations. Lastly, we will discuss utilizing escrow services to assure that you get paid- along with too many war stories of specific cases.

It is assumed that many are new to promoting their own services, thus we will discuss “what’s next” and leave students with homework to register on several websites and start making new projects.


At the end of the class, ‘adult’ members are welcome to join us for an extended conversation over cheap drinks at the Hub, for $1 Vodka night…