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Chris Roth

Founder @ Thoughtful
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$240 / month

Best suited for full-time tech workers that want to start consulting or start their own agency.

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Want to quit your tech job and start consulting? Want to turn your consult-ing into a consult-ancy? I can help.

Five years ago I left my full-time job as a full-stack software engineer to freelance. I didn't know much about how to find clients, negotiate contracts, or structure my time, so I spent the next year learning everything there is to know about consulting. After finding my first few clients, I built a team of engineers + designers and created a unique brand. We started finding $100k+ contracts and had 6 major software development builds going in parallel. My role evolved from "freelance software engineer" to "technical product manager", and sometimes "fractional CTO".

I'm passionate about both running a creative agency and doing the creative work itself. As a business owner, I've had to make the difficult decision to let go of the creative work at times and delegate it to my team - and this art of delegation is the hardest part of talented creatives like you and me, because we have a natural love for the craft.

There are so many things to think about when changing your career from full-time IC work to starting our own agency or becoming a fractional CXO:

- How to do sales + marketing?
- How to structure your pricing and packages?
- How to position yourself or your agency in the market?
- How to run the business admin... S-Corp, LLC, tax credits?
- Should you accept equity for reduced rates?
- When is it time to hire employees?
- Do you need E&O insurance? Liability?

I'm here to share everything I've learned in my journey. I LOVE talking about technology + product - I can help with things like how to architect a multi-tenant Postgres app on AWS or HIPAA compliance all day long - and I'm happy to help with those things. But I suspect that as an experienced technologist yourself, it's helping with the *logistics* of consulting or starting an agency that will be the most valuable.

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