Consulting – The Business Side of Software Development

Jeremy Olson (@jerols) speaking on the business side of iOS at RWDevCon

Back in January of this year I finally signed up for Brennan Dunn’s DYFC Masterclass.  I say finally because I had it in my mind to do so, for several years now, ever since my colleague Joel Hooks gave an overwhelming testimonial for it.  When I signed up, I got DYFR for free, along with a ton of other resources.  All of the resources I received have been phenomenal.  But that has just been the icing on the cake.  The real benefit, I think has been that my eyes have been opened, my horizons have been considerably widened.  I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve recently thought, “I wish I had learned this stuff ten years ago…I’ve been doing it all wrong”.  If you’re a freelancer or a consultant (of any type – not just software development) I do highly recommend Brennan Dunn’s courses.  Maybe at some point I will elaborate more on the overall experience, including how being surrounded and mentored by successful entrepreneurs is a lot less sucky than figuring this stuff out on your own.  But here I just wanted to touch upon some of the resources I have found extremely useful in learning about the optimal approach to software consulting.

Books (available in a variety of formats including audio books)

  • The Positioning Manual for Technical Firms by Philip Morgan
  • Double Your Freelancing Rate by Brennan Dunn
  • Authority by Nathan Barry
  • The Brain Audit by Sean D’Souza


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