John Grudzinskas
software engineer

[I didn’t have a tape drive to save my programs on, so every time I turned the computer off, they were erased.]

“In 8th grade I convinced my parents to purchase a Commodore VIC-20 computer and a subscription to Compute magazine for my birthday. Each issue of Compute had the code for programs you could type in and run. Unfortunately I didn’t have a tape drive to save them on, so every time I turned the computer off the programs were erased.

Soon I got a tape drive and started writing my own programs, managing to develop my own versions of Pac Man, Centipede, and my own games. I loved programming and got a degree in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University.”

Meet John

John is a Software Engineer that also likes DIY and woodworking. He found CurlyHost while looking for a web design company that could handle smaller projects.

“I didn’t have the time to dedicate to creating my web site, and CurlyHost has impressive design skills, so it made more sense to engage CurlyHost create this site for me.”

“These were high-end graphic computer systems at the time and it was a fantastic job to have in the 1990’s.”

“After college, I worked as a programmer for a company called Computer Design that developed specialized CAD applications used by the apparel and automotive industries. These were high-end graphic computer systems at the time and it was a fantastic job to have in the 1990’s. I managed to hone a lot of my debugging and problem solving skills while working there. The drawback was that it was very specialized C and C++ programming and soon newer web based technologies would start to take off.”

“In 2000, I became a software developer consultant for Sagetone. While working as a consultant I worked on a wide variety of projects from bible software to warehouse management software, creating both desktop and web applications. I found that I really liked consulting and had a very good relationship with my clients.

In 2015 I started my own company to work independently consulting as a software developer.”

“I have total control over what technologies I want to learn and work on.”

“It took me a while to mentally make the jump from being an employee to being self-employed. In my case, there was very little risk and I probably could have made the change sooner. As an employee, the majority of my interactions were with our clients and I usually worked on site with them as a member of their teams. That is the same work that I am doing now, except that I don’t have an office to go to.

The challenge of finding new clients might arise in the future but it hasn’t been an issue yet. Other than that, the only changes so far have been for the positive. I have total control over what technologies I want to learn and work on.”

“I would say to just start, even if everything is not figured out.”

“Most ideas—no matter how good—never happen because they never get off the ground. If you are anxious about making changes realistically determine what would be the worst that could happen and decide what you would do to recover from it. In my case if I was unable to find enough work as an independent contractor, I could always get a job.”

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