Going Indie!

July 4, 2011

Well, this is a long overdue post!

Last week I decided to finally quit my day job to become a full time independent iOS/Mac developer. I’ve just turned 28 and while I enjoy my day job as a Senior Engineer at Ciqual I feel that it’s not the right direction for me at this point in my life.

I want to build my own products; I want to make exciting things and see customers get excited by them too! There’s never been a better time to develop apps for iOS and Mac and I want to be a part of it.

I have to admit, I also don’t want to be known simply as the Sleeps to Christmas guy! I’ve got other apps out but between a busy job in a startup and maintaining some semblance of a social life I’ve not really been able to give them the love and attention they deserve. For the same reason, I’ve also been reluctant to kick off new projects and I’ve been turning down some excellent opportunities at contract work.

So I’ve resigned from Ciqual (who, incidentally are hiring in Edinburgh and are a great company to work for) and will be serving my notice period until the 5th of August, taking a one week break in the sun on Cape Verde in Africa, then returning refreshed and ready to start work on my next iOS project.

My intention is to spend at least the first six months full time working my way through some of the list of app ideas I’ve had sitting in Things for the last few years. I’m incredibly excited about finally being able to start work on these and get shipping again.

After that I’ll assess the situation and see if I can still pay the bills or if I need to pick up some contract work. Six months after that we’ll see if I need to return to a full time job with my tail between my legs. Hopefully it won’t come to that though!

I’d like to thank everyone, especially those on Twitter, MacMacDev and at WWDC, who have supported me and encouraged me to follow this dream. All you indie developers out there kicking ass and shipping apps are an inspiration.

PS I’ll definitely be visiting Appsterdam at some point this year too. It’d be great to see people out there!

9 Responses to “Going Indie!”

  1. Good Look my friend!

  2. That’s inspiring for me. I too want to work independently on my own ideas but its too early in my career. But when I turn 28, may be I would also do something similar!

  3. Congratulations on making the move. It’s great to be able to make our own choices when in comes to what you develop. It certainly gives you a greater passion for what your working on.

    Looking forward to seeing what the SleepsmTill Christmas guy comes up with next. Sleeps Till Independence Day?

  4. Congrats, Neil. That’s huge. I wish you all the best!

  5. Wishing you great happiness and success.

  6. Congrats Neil! So happy to see you make the leap and looking forward to seeing what apps you create!

  7. good luck! Don’t worry, you’ll never look back. You’re right there’s never been a better time. There’s apps, ideas, and opportunities out there in abundance!

  8. Congratulations, Neil! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  9. Excellent move, Neil! Might as well try for the stars now, while you’re “young” :)

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