Samuel Knowlton talks about “The Great ColdFusion Entrepreneurial Adventure (from side jobs to freelancing to your own biz)” in this episode of the CF Alive Podcast, with host Michaela Light.
- His journey from side jobs to freelancing to his own biz
- Moved to NYC to become an actor – did CF side jobs to pay the rent
- Side job risks
- Missed taxes and compliance
- What to expect
- Separate biz bank a/c and credit card
- Incorporation options
- LLC, LLP, S-corp, C corp
- Government compliance
- The unincorporated biz tax in NYC
- Liability concerns
- Biz insurance
- Workers Comp
- General liability insurance
- Errors and omissions
- Your own biz
- Employees vs Subcontractors
- Payroll and employment taxes
- Use a payroll service!
- Home office deduction
- Support of your clients
- Good will
- Legitimacy with clients
- Support system eg Jira
- Toolsets – hardware and software common to all staff
- Ramp Up time
- Why are you proud to use CF?
- WWIT for you to make CF more alive this year?
- Docker and containers
- What are you looking forward to at Into The Box?
Building and managing your own enterprise: Infrastructure, Support, Payroll, Taxes and Toolsets. An introduction to your own business from the founder of inLeague (15+ years in the market) with an emphasis on how ordinary developers can manage a shop, grow a team, and still write code. Topics will not include Getting Rich Quick or Venture Capital.
Mentioned in this episode
- Different business types
- Types of business insurance
- Types of payroll taxes
- Common business deductions
- CFML slack channel
- Into The Box
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Founder and president of inLeague, boutique ColdFusion software development house.
Michaela: Welcome back to the show. And today, we’re going to be looking at the great entrepreneurial adventure using ColdFusion. How Samuel Knowlton went from side jobs to freelancing to his own business. And we'll look at some of the risks involved in doing side jobs you might not be aware of in particular is this really wacky taxi came across that didn't even make sense to be honest to me. And we’ll also look at some of the liability concerns you may have in working for other people; freelancing or in your own business. And some of the perks you can make some money by incorporating as well so. We'll also look at infrastructure you might want to set up, and how you support your clients if you start a business, and the tool sets you use for your ColdFusion business. So welcome Samuel.
Samuel: Thank you very much Michaela.
Michaela: Yes and if you don't know Samuel is the founder and president of in league which is a beauty ColdFusion software development house. Been around for about 16 years now. Congratulations! I think in dog years that's probably about four lifetimes right.
Samuel: Well that said still what half your company so you have something to look forward to.