As of Jul 5, I've decided to try my luck on the open market, and am going freelance. I formed Logrus, Inc awhile back, and given the market right now, I feel like I can do pretty well as an independent provider. I have a very notable profile, I think.
I'm not severing my relationship with iO1 entirely; I'm staying on board as a contractor and will help them out, but my time is no longer exclusively theirs. Starting Jul 5, I will be available for the following types of tasks:
- Architecture help
- Mentoring and training developers
- Customizations to Views, Panels, CTools and other modules I've worked closely with
I don't intend to do site building, but I can put in time as part of a team if it needs something special that would work with my skills. I expect to work primarily with enterprise clients, as they seem more suited to be able to use someone of my skillset, and I am happy to subcontract with various shops if it makes sense to bring on someone like me with a client.
Ultimately, I hope to use this to better fund Views/Panels/Page Manager development. There's a lot of things I want to be able to do on these systems that I can't right now, and I'll be looking for ways to ensure that I have both the personal time to invest, but also the resources to bring in experts to do things that I'm less good at, such as UX redesign for the Page Manager system to try and make it as awesome as the new Views 3 UI is.
I think this will be an interesting new chapter for me. I admit that I have quite a mix of emotions, both excitement and fear, but I think this has a lot of good potential both for me personally and for the Drupal community.