Glenn Stovall

Software Developer, Musician, and All Around Nice Guy

10 Resources That Shaped My Career

There is amazing amount of resource available on the internet if you know where to look. I’ve realized that over the past year, there are some articles, pod casts, books, or videos that have had a huge impact on my view and approach to my business. I’ve had several people ask me how I came to conclusions I have about how I run my business, and how I execute on them. I wanted to share 10 links that are all free, and have all provided me with exceptional value.

Take Out the Tech

If you are a freelance developer, designer, photographer, or even a freelance sheep sheerer, it’s easy to get caught up in what it is you do, versus why it is we actually do it. More important than why we do it, is why people are willing to pay us good money for what we do. In this article I’d like to take a look at why I decided to re-position my services, and most important of all, get you to stop talking like a nerd because it’s costing you money and sales.

Personal vs. Professional Blogging

I had the pleasure of seeing John Saddington give a talk about the benefits of blogging at a Transform Athens Athens event. The talk was about the benefits of blogging, and while it reinvigorated my interest in writing and publishing. It brought up a tricky question. I have a blog under my personal name, Glenn Stovall and a company blog, Concordant Solutions. Where should I publish? Why should I publish there? What are the pros and cons of blogging under a personal brand vs. a professional brand?

How to Bill Daily or Weekly

When it comes to freelancing, you may think you only have two options when it comes to how you bill your clients: You can bill by the hour, or you can bill by the project. But these aren’t your only options, and in many cases they are not your best ones.

Two alternatives to this is billing by the day, or billing by the week. These billing structures are a little more uncommon, but in my experience as a consultant, they have been the most effective and productive. Since these structures are a little bit different, they often require a little bit of explanation.

Other Writing Around the Web

I haven’t spent much time writing content for this blog, but I have been doing some writing on other sites. Here are some of my posts from other sites:

Announcing Concordant Solutions

As a consultant, it’s important to think of what you are doing as a business, and not just as you as a person. Having said that, I’ve set up a new company name for my services, Concordant Solutions.

The name comes from a Concordant, or agreement. It signifies how by working together with clients I am able to provide value for them that neither one of us could do individually. When people with domain knowledge in an industry come together with people with tech knowledge and the skills to put their ideas into practice, great things happen.

The company also gives me an avenue for market segmentation when it comes to content. I will still have this personal blog, which will be centered around technical content. Concordant Solutions will focus on content aimed at business owners.

If you are interested in supporting me, or learning more about ways you can help your business, Please check out my new company below.

Concordant Solutions on Facebook

Concordant Solutions on Twitter

AngularJS: An Overview

AngularJS is a JavaScript framework made by Google for building complex client-side applications. Angular’s killer feature is ‘directives’ which allow you to extend HTML by creating your own tags and attributes. Angular projects have a somewhat different structure than other JavaScript MVC frameworks, but it can be highly modular and easy to maintain once you understand the structure. Let’s take a look at the main components of AngularJS and how they work, and why you should strongly consider Angular for your next project.

Reading on Wealth and Programming

The world of software development is one that runs on abstractions. Developers are used to working in this world when it comes to software, but when these abstractions start to Leak Out into the real world it can become harder to manage. One of the trickier abstractions is the one between software development and wealth. It is clear that programming provides some sort of value, or else people would not be so eager to pay for it. It is a complex subject, and one I am not equipped to get into in the depth it needs, but instead I wanted to share a couple articles and a book I have read recently that shed some light on the subject.

How I Use Git

git is a very powerful and flexible tool. With this power and flexibility comes a daunting amount of choices to make in how to manage your code with it. Here is the current setup I’ve used on both personal solo projects and professional jobs with other developers that has worked for me and saved me a lot of headaches.