North West Ruby User Group

The Life of a Rails Freelancer

Thursday 20th March 6:30pm at Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA)

A lot of people inspired by Ruby on Rails have thought about setting up on their own either as a freelancer, a contractor or maybe creating a business started with an idea that Rails put within their grasp. Paul Robinson started out with a load of business ideas, started freelancing and even contemplated contracting, and is now seeking investment for a new business all over again.

In the process he almost went bankrupt – twice – re-wrote his business plan (he didn’t start with one he admits, beyond “make a living”) and learned the hard way about cash-flow/finance, legal structures, tax, finding work, keeping customers happy, what the Rails market is really like to work in and why being your own boss is worth the occasional pain.

In this talk, he shares as much as can fit into the time allowed and encourages you to learn from his mistakes when starting out as your own boss.

Living and Breathing RSpec

Doug Livesey talks on adventures with RSpec, more details coming soon!

The schedule

  • 6:30pm :: Welcome & Registration
  • 7:00pm :: The Life of a Rails Freelancer, Paul Robinson
  • 8:00pm :: Break
  • 8:15pm :: Living and Breathing RSpec, Doug Livesey
  • 8:30pm :: Drinks at the The Paramount

The location

Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA) 117-119 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 6PR.

About NWRUG events

Our events are free and open to anyone with an interest in Ruby, regardless of experience level. There is no need to register, just show up on the day! We want to keep NWRUG as welcoming and inclusive as possible so we ask that all attendies follow our Code of conduct. If you have any questions, get in touch.