Volte-face on Work & New Ride

I’d say on average I get a new job opportunity every 3 days. It’s either:
– someone looking for Flash developers for a contract here in Atlanta
– someone looking for a Flash developer to work on a project wherever
– someone looking for a fulltime Flash developer
– someone looking for a designer to contract

…in order of reaccurrance. I feel bad because I send them the same 7 people I know and feel confident recommending for contract/employment. It’s nice meeting people at various meetings, keeping their business cards in an ever amassing pile, re-saying their name after you meet them to ensure they get a spare synapse, hoping to help them or have them help you in the future, and in the meantime, talk tech.

Regardless of how my networking circle grows, even globally, I still am finding a large gap in supply and demand. There’s a divergence in the talent pool (glad to hear the opposite of the c word, eh?) amongst Flash developers. The ones that are out there are usually busy out of their minds (me for instance), so the propensity to take on new work is usually non-existent anytime soon. Now, I’d be more favorable towards the amount if said amount were to pay insane dollar outputs. However, experience has shown they typically don’t, but then again, the price ranges have grown over time, in lieu of my own growth, so I could be full of it… I haven’t looked lately being swamped my full time job, fun small projects and economics homework out the yang, but I have pushed off some favorable projects, both in fun to create and good pay to others with more time to bequeath. I’ve been telling everyone I meet in the same discipline to milk it. For those of you who don’t know, we’ve reached the apex of the Golden Years of Flash Development. I’m sure there is time left to add to the above, but I recognize pinnacles and this is one. Can’t imagine what it will be like when the economy gets better.

BTW, I sold my Sol…

…bought her majesty an Element (yes, she helped w/bling)…

…and apprehended da 2k1.

7 Replies to “Volte-face on Work & New Ride”

  1. yeah.. I’m with you. I noticed at the last Flash Forward that the people handing other people business cards weren’t looking for work — they were trying to find people to hire. I’m not sure what the job market would do if Central or Flex really took off.

    oh.. and I counted 53 jobs posted by Macromedia, Inc. currently on Monster.. and 40 jobs in the Hotlanta area. It’s interesting that jobs aren’t being posted with salary info anymore.

    .. and nice Element. Keep her happy. ;)

  2. congrats on the new ride dude!

    I know I’ve seen my share of contract work (some of which are from contacts like jesse, thanks dude) others I don’t even know how they find me. Lately, I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to update my blog and I’ve got 2 articles ready to go out the door!

    It’s a hard balance finding the time to do your own thing vs paying gigs vs long hours at the office vs keeping up on all the list, etc but I have been sleeping good. =)

    Anyhow I have certainly seen an influx of work and we may be at some sort of pinnacle as Jesse suggest. I think it’s only a matter of time before more Flash developers step up to the plate but for now we?re a somewhat limited resource.



  3. So did you sell your Sol to the devil?

    Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all week. Tip your bartenders and waitresses…

    (sorry…couldn’t resist.)

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