Going Indy: An Intro

If you are reading these words, and you are not me, then it would appear that I have emerged from the darkened stupor that has filled this blog, or failed to fill this blog, for the last three months.


For almost four years now, I’ve worked as an independent web designer and developer alongside my part-time role as pastor of a start-up church in Austin. I can trace the silence of the last few months to any number of things, but the routes that don’t involve psychotherapy can best be attributed to my life as an indy contractor. (I’ve been busy!) And what better way to punch out of the darkened stupor than to share more about life as an indy.

This will be the first of a series of posts, and I completely intend to not spread them out over six months. Completely.

After four years, I’m still learning how to best work as an independent/free-lancer. I’m finding new answers, and new questions, about how to manage my time, how to engage with potential, existing and former clients and more. And I know I’m not the only one — I’ve been doing this long enough that now people are starting to ask my for advice and direction. Poor fools.

So, I’m setting out on a brief journey to share with you my experiences, practices, challenges and learnings of the indy life. I can only promise that what I write will be true, and that I agree with what I have to say, right up to the time I press publish. I hope it can be beneficial to some who are considering a similar path.

Poor fools.