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I Quit My Job

A few weeks back I decided to leave Netlight. It has been great, and I have to say it feels a bit weird to leave such a cool company. The reasons for leaving is that I will be running my own company, and I want to be able to travel over longer periods of time.

Work

I will be exploring what it is like being a freelancing software developer. When I am leaving Netlight I am probably giving up some sort of power to say no. Netlight has a huge book of clients and a crazy high utilisation rate. This gives them the opportunity to turn down less exciting assignments in order to find the most fun and challenging work for their people. I will probably not be in that position to begin with. That is where my expectations are at anyway. I have saved up a bit, and Stockholm seems to be really hot right now when it comes to tech. It probably will not be an issue, I am just trying to set my expectations right.

My vision right now is basically to not work full-time over twelve, or perhaps six months. When I am on an assignment, I do not mind working as much as possible. But between the blocks of hard work I would like to spend longer periods of time in some sort of deeper vacation mode. Or perhaps investing my time and money in building some kind of product.

Travel

I am currently thinking a lot about this thing called solo travel. I do not feel like it is worth it to wait for someone else to go with me โ€” I might be stuck waiting forever. Instead, I will be starting out on my own. Travelling solo is such a wide-spread thing now that I am sure I will be connecting with people pretty quickly. Visiting a co-working space or some kind of meetup probably helps a lot. Feeling lonely is definitely a big โ€œissueโ€, but not to a degree where it gets in the way or stops me from trying it, it is more of a challenge to overcome.

The absolute worst case I can come up with for the travelling part is that I do not feel comfortable at all being solo, go for a few fun dives, write code from cafes and co-working spaces, and shoot some photos. I will fly back home after three weeks or so. What is the harm in that?

Work with me!

I have spent a lot of my time in the React eco-system. Redux has been a big part of that aswell. I enjoy working with design and UX challenges all the way from contributing to user-testing and data-driven decisions to implementing a design system. I am also comfortable with building a REST API or configuring a linux machine. Iโ€™ve previously worked with Laravel and PHP if thatโ€™s of any value.

At my current assignment we have been using pairing and mobprogramming to improve knowledge sharing, overall code quality and efficiency. I have also contributed to our agile work a bit by facilitating retrospectives. I would like to think that I communicate really well and I always strive to understand the business value and the why behind whatever software we are building.