The clocks have gone forward and I am fast approaching a time of the year where another crossroads presents itself, that interesting time when a contract is coming to an end and where to go next? On April 26th, it could be the last day of working with Save the Children, although it may roll for another 6 months, do I go with the flow or do I daringly break away in pursuit of something else? Do I return to my office here in Farnborough full-time or do I continue to commute into London 4 out of 5 days of each week? I have been lucky that Save the Children let me work from my own office each Thursday as not many on-site contract roles would facilitate that.
Recently I have been given some other options, all but one of them have fallen through and there are my own projects to pursue. So it may well be that I stay with Save until the Autumn, as I don’t think there will be much more available there after that with the projects being completed by that time.
Onwards and upwards
In the future I plan to change my business model (a fair bit) and take a step back from contracting and I need to find a suitable niche to get my teeth into and I think I may have found it. If you read my last post about the WordPress REST API, you will have an idea as to what this may be.
If you are an indie web developer like myself, you will know how hard it can be approaching potential clients with the proposition of “Can I build a website for you?”. Often times you will receive the response that they already have one and they are happy with it. So many people and businesses these days have a website and many of them are probably built in WordPress.
So what if we shift out focus to offering services that can enhance your existing website and make use of the opportunities that REST offers? Then if you combine this with GraphQL, Relay and React (Native) there are a lot of things that can be conjured up and offered even if they are just very open-ended bespoke services.
WordPress has become a commodity over the years in it’s own right with an industry built up around it. Companies make a lot of money out of selling ready made templates to developers who are not that design savvy. So I think there are a wealth of opportunities here, especially when we have more than a few WordPress clients on our books already.
The future of the blog
I was reading the other day that one of the best ways of working out what you are doing in life, is to write, why throw away thoughts when you can write them down and as I am here, share them with an audience. I am eager to write about my initial experiments with some of this new tech and share some stuff via Github…. I am also going to start recording more video podcasts too…. anyway that is enough for now and enjoy the remains of your Easter weekend 🙂
Edit 29th March
I’ve got something up and running using node, react, GraphQL, relay and the API. A great start but a lot more ground to cover yet.